The Replacement Killers

February 6th, 1998


The Replacement Killers

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Still of Yun-Fat Chow, Jürgen Prochnow and Kenneth Tsang in The Replacement KillersStill of Mira Sorvino and Yun-Fat Chow in The Replacement KillersEriq La Salle at event of The Replacement KillersJohn & MegStill of Jürgen Prochnow in The Replacement KillersStill of Mira Sorvino and Yun-Fat Chow in The Replacement Killers

Failing to kill anymore because of his conscience, a troubled hit-man seeks aid from a forger to help him get papers to China. However, the drug-lord has hired replacements to finish the job and kill the hit-man.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 5.9/10 (16,035 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker

John Lee is the best hitman money can buy. But when John refuses to kill because of the seven year-old son of his target, John's bosses send someone after John to kill him and then take his place in the ring of hitmen. John then teams up with Meg Coburn to help him escape these "Replacement Killers."

Yun-Fat Chow - John Lee (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Mira Sorvino - Meg Coburn
Michael Rooker - Stan 'Zeedo' Zedkov
Kenneth Tsang - Terence Wei
Jürgen Prochnow - Michael Kogan (as Jurgen Prochnow)
Til Schweiger - Ryker
Danny Trejo - Collins
Clifton Collins Jr. - Loco (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Carlos Gómez - Hunt (as Carlos Gomez)
Frank Medrano - Rawlins
Leo Lee - Lam
Patrick Kilpatrick - Pryce
Randall Duk Kim - Alan Chan
Andrew J. Marton - Stevie
Sydney Coberly - Sara

Taglines: Kill or be replaced.

Release Date: 6 February 1998

Filming Locations: Belmont Tunnel - 1304 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,046,553 (USA) (8 February 1998) (1936 Screens)

Gross: $35,100,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (extended cut)

Did You Know?

In the music that plays over the introduction of the "replacement killers" as they walk through the airport terminal, the female voice that is heard singing is actress Claire Trevor singing "Moanin' Low" from the film Key Largo.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Zedkov is running after John and Meg after the carwash scene, there is a point at which he fires twice, producing two separate muzzle flashes. There is only one gunshot in the audio track.

John Lee: I'll need guns.

User Review

An excellent movie that I've enjoyed through many viewings

Rating: 10/10

I suppose this is actually a B movie, but there's something about this movie that keeps me coming back to see it again every few months. Maybe it's the rather unique (for Hollywood, anyway) relationship between Meg and John. I mean, they don't even so much as kiss each other and barely touch at all! But I think they make the screen sizzle, nonetheless.

I must admit I love the action in this movie, too. Every once in a while I wonder how a small time forger learned to fight and shoot like she does, but then I blissfully ignore it and just enjoy the movie.

Great action scenes, wonderful relationship development and great acting by Mira and Yun-Fat Chow make this a movie I'm sure I'll see many more times.


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