The Killer is the 1989 action film from director John Woo that stars Chow Yun-Fat as an expert assassin who finds himself conflicted with his work after accidentally blinding a female singer during one of his jobs. Danny Lee co-stars as the Hong Kong inspector determined to catch the killer. This film gained numerous international accolades for Woo and its influence can be seen in countless action films in the following decades including in the works of such directors as Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.
The following weapons were used in the film The Killer:
The Beretta 92F is frequently seen in the hands of Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat) as in many John Woo films. However, according to one of the movie's armorers, they only had access to one Beretta 92F for most of the shoot, so the Brazilian Taurus PT92 was used in many scenes as a substitute.
A number of Taurus PT92s are used by Ah Jong and Fung Sei, including one stainless with wood grips. They are also used by many Triads. These weapons are frequently used as substitutes for the Beretta 92F, since the movie's armorers only had access to one Beretta for most of filming.
The Walther PPK is used by Ah Jong in his apartment as a backup alongside his Beretta, previously held in his left sleeve. The Walther PPK used in this scene was actually an 8mm German-made blank replica, because the armorers were unable to acquire a real PPK when the scene was filmed. Aside from a replica Desert Eagle seen in the weapons case and some model gun M16s visible in Fung Sei's armory, this is the only gun in the film that is fake. (Concealing a pocket pistol in the jacket sleeve is a common John Woo move, as it's also seen in Just Heroes and Blackjack).
An Umarex GPDA9, a blank firing replica of the Browning BDA, is used by several Triad members in the nightclub shootout. Shortly after, it is used once again by Triads, Wong Tong (Wong Kwong-Leung), and Li Ying (Danny Lee) at the gun deal scene and the bus chase. The GPDA continues to be used by Triad members throughout the movie. Near the end, Fung Sei (Chu Kong) briefly commandeers one in his attempt to retrieve Ah Jong's (Chow Yun-Fat) money from Wong Hoi (Shing Fui-On).
Smith & Wesson 5904
A suppressed Smith & Wesson 5904 is seen in the hands of a thug who attacks Ah Jong at his apartment. It possesses the squared trigger guard of early model 5904s.
Desert Eagle Mark VII
A Desert Eagle is seen in the briefcase given to Ah Jong by Fung Sei. The Desert Eagle used in this scene appears to be an 8mm blank-firing replica.
During the weapons deal a thug is seen with an Inglis Hi-Power. It's noted as an Inglis model by the front sight and finger indention on the slide.
Smith & Wesson 39
A Smith & Wesson 39 is seen in a gun case along with several revolvers and a Browning BDA during the weapons deal.
Taurus Model 85
A Taurus Model 85 with pearl grips is used by Ah Jong during his first hit, and is the weapon that results in Jennie's blinding due to Ah Jong firing too close to her eyes, setting up the main plot of the movie.
Colt Lawman MK IIIThe Colt Lawman Mk III is frequently used by Inspector Li Ying (Danny Lee).
Smith & Wesson Model 29
The Smith & Wesson Model 29 is seen in a briefcase given to Ah Jong by his friend Fung Sei.
Taurus Model 689
A heavily modified Taurus Model 689 stainless is seen in the hands of Ah Jong in the parking garage scene where he kills several of Wong Hoi's men and at one point shoots Wong Hoi. The squib-filled fake arm used by Shing Fui-On for the scene came off during shooting, making it look like Ah Jong had blown Wong Hoi's arm off. Fung Sei commandeers another Taurus 689 (this one blued) in his final attempt to get Ah Jong's money.
Smith & Wesson Model 10
Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers are carried by Hong Kong police officers at the end of the movie.
Smith & Wesson Model 36
Used by Sgt. Tsang Yeh (Kenneth Tsang), at one point, commandeered from him by Ah Jong.
A Remington 870, with a pistol grip in place of a standard stock, is used by Inspector Li Ying in the church shootout.
Smith & Wesson 3000 Shotgun
A sawed-off Smith & Wesson 3000 Shotgun with a pistol grip can be seen in the hands of the bartender at Ah Jong's first hit of the film.
A Franchi PA3 is used by the syndicate killer in the church.
One of the assassins at Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat)'s apartment uses an Uzi mounted with a sound suppressor. Several are later used during the church shootout. According to the movie's armorer, the Uzis used in the movie were a mix of original Israeli-made Uzis and Chinese-made Norinco 320 copies.
A Beretta M12 sub-machine gun is used by Ah Jong and several Triad members in the house shootout, and later shows up during the church shootout.
Heckler & Koch MP5K
A Heckler & Koch MP5K with two magazines clamped together is used by Ah Jong in the church, and later handed off to Li Ying. MP5Ks are also used by many of the Triads.
- It is not a converted SP89 as stated previously. There's a very good close-up of him reloading the gun, and it clearly has the detachable SEF lower receiver. -MT2008
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
The Hong Kong Police at the Airport are seen carrying Heckler & Koch MP5A3s with slimline hand-guards.
(Mock-Up) SVD Dragunov
The rifle used by Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat) to carry out his assassination plot is a long barreled Chinese Norinco Type 56 assault rifle that was visually modified to look like a SVD Dragunov. The armorers were unable to acquire a real SVD or NDM-86 (the Chinese SVD Clone) for the filming of the scene, so they were forced to visually modify a Type 56 rifle instead. The rifle that Jeffrey drops into the sea was a Japanese airsoft AK-47 that was also modified by the armorers to look like an SVD.
Trivia: Before Ah Jong fires the SVD, he wraps a bandana around his left hand. At the time that this scene was filmed, Chow Yun-Fat was simultaneously working on A Better Tomorrow III; on the set of that film, he cut his finger on the front sight of an Uzi submachine gun during a stunt. Afterwards, he went straight to the set of The Killer to film the assassination scene, with his hand still injured and the bandana wrapped around it. John Woo decided to include this in the film.
The first assassin at the beach that tries to kill Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat) after the hit on Wong Dung-Yu uses an M16A1 rifle that has M16A2-style hand guards. The rifle has a scope mounted on top of the carry handle and has a twenty-round magazine.
Colt Model 733
Colt Model 733's are used by several of the Triad members in the battle at Jenny's beach house. Strangely, all of the M733s in the movie are fitted with the outdated (even for the 1980s) three-prong flash hiders, rather than the M16A1-style "bird cage" flash hider.
Norinco Type 56-1
A Chinese Norinco Type 56-1 is used in the church shootout by Inspector Li Ying, and by several gangsters throughout the movie. The Type 56-1 used in the film is fitted with an M16A1-style "bird cage" flash hider, most likely taken from a Norinco Type 84.