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The Replacement Killers1998

The Replacement Killers (1998)



Critic Consensus: Chow Yun-fat makes his dubious English-language debut in The Replacement Killers, a stylish but muddled knockoff of the Hong Kong shoot-em-ups that earned the star his international renown.

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A contract killer, played by international superstar Chow Yun-fat, refuses an assignment and all hell breaks loose. Irritatingly disjointed, and that's not even counting Mira Sorvino.

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Yun-Fat Chow
as John Lee
Mira Sorvino
as Meg Coburn
Michael Rooker
as Stan Zeedo Zedkov
Jürgen Prochnow
as Michal Kogan
Kenneth Tsang
as Terence Wei
Danny Trejo
as Collins
Randall Duk Kim
as Alan Chan
Yau-Gene Chan
as Peter Wei
Nicki Micheaux
as Technician
Max Daniels
as Smuggler
Albert Wong
as Old Man
James Lew
as Bodyguard
Eddie Perez
as Gangster
Mario Roberts
as Gangster
Jimmy Ortega
as Gangster
David Gene Gibbs
as Helicopter Pilot
Rodger LaRue
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for The Replacement Killers

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (8)

The Replacement Killers is as abstract as a jazz instrumental, and as cool and self-assured.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It isn't boring, but it could have amounted to a lot more, particularly as the final showdown is thrillingly chaotic and brutal.

June 27, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

As for the plot here, let's just say it has something to do with hit men, drug lords and revenge, and leave it at that.

June 9, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

People with particularly indiscriminate taste in action cinema will enjoy The Replacement Killers on its own merits, and Chow and Sorvino fans will take away some enjoyment from watching them perform together

April 7, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…'s ultimately impossible not to wonder what Chow, making his English-language debut here, was thinking when he signed up for the project.

March 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The John Woo school of the ballet of bullets gets a full dose of Sam Peckinpah under the steady hand of director Antoine Fuqua's finely framed tale of revenge.

May 19, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Replacement Killers

A blistering, stylish, explosive and undeniably cool groove of an action movie. Director, Antoine Fuqua does here what Director, John Woo has done delivering plenty of excitement and energy. A hard-boiled action-thriller fueled with amazing gun-battles and a riveting performance by Chow Yun-Fat. An unforgettable adrenaline-rush from start to finish. An unstoppable and wickedly entertaining action-packed flick that delivers the goods.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

When a hired assassin fails to kill the young son of a detective for a ruthless drug runner, he and a hapless forger are hunted by his replacements. In this, Chow Yun Fat's Hollywood debut, he revisits his familiar assassin with honour character in a fairly standard action thriller. There's very little imagination or originality on display; the script does little more than contrive ways to keep our hero and the girl together while extras in bad suits with machine guns chase them around. Having said that, there's very little actually WRONG with it either. Chow is as charismatic as ever, Mira Sorvino is knuckle-bitingly cute and the set pieces are reasonably well handled. It avoids schmaltz and lame love scenes and at less than 90 minutes is wise enough to not outstay its welcome. Brainless yes, but the charisma of its star raises it (slightly) above the bog standard and its far from the worse US debut an Asian action star has had to endure.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


A very cool stylized action film with plenty of shoot outs and a good cast. If you missed this it's well worth a watch.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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