chow yun-fat, in his best american film to date plays john lee, an assasin who during his last job dosnt go through with it because he dosnt want to shoot a kid. so, he seeks the help of meg couburn to forge passports for him and his family. but his former boss, mr. wei, sends his ''replacements'' after him to kill him. and what ensues is awsome gun fights. this movie was an obvious nod to chow's previous hong kong heroic bloodshed action films like, "the killer" (wich this movie is loosly based on), "hard boild", and the "a better tomorrow" trilogy.