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The Replacement Killers (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  6 February 1998 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lee (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Michael Kogan (as Jurgen Prochnow)
Loco (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Hunt (as Carlos Gomez)
Alan Chan
Andrew J. Marton ...
Sydney Coberly ...


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." Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Kill or be replaced. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinos sustitutos  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,200,000 (Non-US) (23 January 1998)


£359,183 (UK) (19 June 1998)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

| (8 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Chinese character engraved on Lee's bullets means "death". See more »


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. See more »


John Lee: My father taught me how to shoot.
Meg Coburn: Playing catch is so impersonal.
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Referenced in Numb3rs: The Fifth Man (2009) See more »


Escape From The City Of Angels
Written by Darrin Pappas and Pedro Passos
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A Chow fan
7 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I bought the video only because I wanted to see Chow in his other American films after seeing him in Anna And The King. I have now watched it many times. He is the most magnetic presence on screen I have seen in a long time. I am not a shoot um up fan but I can just zap through most of that and watch the characterization develop between the two main people and they are very good. I wanted to know more about both of them and that is the only criticism I have, since I know that this was made for action fans and those who like non stop guns blazing away. For me, I wanted to know about John and Meg. But that would have been another film. Just for Chow and Sorvino, I give it a 7 of 10.

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