John Woo has credited the french movie "LE SAMOURAI" as a direct influence.
Also known as Die xue shuang xiong (Bloodshed of Two Heroes)
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Directors Trademark: Two guns.
In the scene where the Killer arrives at the hospital with the injured girl, the hospital sign reads "Scared Heart" where it undoubtedly was to say "Sacred Heart."
When screened on Film Four in the UK, the ITC ordered them to cut a scene were Chow Yun Fat stabs a man; the rest was left uncut.
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'The Killer' is still banned in Sweden (Surprisingly, Ace Of Base are not).