Bullet for Hire (1991)

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Hong Kong filmmaker Yuen Chun-man (Forbidden Arsenal) wrote and directed this violent action film starring Simon Yam and Lo Lieh as Han and Ngok, two long time friends who work as hired assassins. Their latest assignment is the murder of a foreign diplomat in Hong Kong to speak at a conference dealing with law enforcement response to triad crime organizations. The duo kills the diplomat, but are unable to get to a female agent (Elaine Lui). Then the hitmen get a new partner, a nervous young rookie named Shan (Jacky Cheung), who starts off badly by blowing an assignment, but soon becomes proficient at his bloody work. As Han trains Shan, Ngok is being blackmailed into turning informant by the police, who have discovered the whereabouts of his daughter. Naturally, Han is assigned to kill his old friend for his traitorous behavior, but can't do it. It doesn't much matter, as both Ngok and his daughter are soon murdered, but the triad boss is becoming suspicious of the pair's loyalty, so he kidnaps Shan's girlfriend, who is soon killed as well when she attempts to escape. That is the last straw for Han and Shan, who plan a potentially fatal attack on their treacherous employer's heavily guarded mansion in the bullet-laden finale. A top-flight cast also featuring Dick Wei and Sheila Chan, as well as a great number of crowd-pleasing shootouts, highlight this low-budget endeavor.