Teaming a cutting-edge American filmmaker with a charismatic international
superstar, one of Hollywood's hottest leading ladies, and the patent-holder
of stylish, operatic cinema, THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS possesses all the credentials
to be the fiercest of an explosive new breed of film-one that brings Asian-style
filmmaking and philosophy to America's mean streets.
The potent combination of Antoine Fuqua, creator of the legendary music
video for Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise;" Chow Yun-Fat, dominant
international superstar and gifted veteran of 70 films; Mira Sorvino, Academy
Award® winner for her breakthrough performance in Woody Allen's Mighty
Aphrodite and a student of Chinese studies at Harvard; and executive producer
John Woo, who recently helmed two extraordinary American successes, Broken
Arrow and Face/Off, brings to the screen THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS, a slick,
compelling, visually enticing action thriller that introduces a brave new
genre of cross-over motion pictures.
Written by Ken Sanzel and directed by Antoine Fuqua, THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS
was shot entirely in multicultural downtown Los Angeles. A Brillstein-Grey
Entertainment production in association with WCG Entertainment, the film
was produced by Brad Grey and Bernie Brillstein and executive produced by
Terence Chang, Christopher Godsick, and Matthew Baer with Michael McDonnell
as co-producer. Also starring are Michael Rooker (Rosewood, Cliffhanger)
as detective Stan Zedkov, and internationally renowned German stars Jurgen
Prochnow (Das Boot) and Til Schweiger (Germany's Knockin' on Heaven's Door).
Also starring are Carlos Gomez (Fools Rush In, Desperado) and Danny Trejo
(Con Air, Desperado).
The story centers on Chinese immigrant John Lee (CHOW YUN-FAT), whose violent
past as a professional killer brings him only remorse, but also makes him
the ideal assassin. In exchange for the future safe passage of his family
from Beijing to America, Lee takes a job with powerful underworld figure,
Mr. Wei. He wants Lee to settle a deadly vendetta against police detective
Stan Zedkov (MICHAEL ROOKER). The assignment, however, is so unspeakable
that Lee would rather brave Wei's vengeance than go through with it. With
the help of document forger Meg Coburn (MIRA SORVINO), who in helping him
becomes an unwitting target herself, Lee races against time to outrun and
outsmart Wei's army of killers. He also must struggle to prevent a tragic
murder that strikes far too close to home.