The Replacement Killers

February 6, 1998 0 By Fans
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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.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 5.9/10 (16,035 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

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


Danny Trejo


Clifton Collins Jr.


(as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

Carlos Gómez


(as Carlos Gomez)

Frank Medrano


Leo Lee


Patrick Kilpatrick


Randall Duk Kim

Alan Chan

Andrew J. Marton


Sydney Coberly


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


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

Gross: $35,100,000

Technical Specs


(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