The Killer 2: The Last Bullet

FD06AE4F752F3A5DD0E0737A4F422266A gun for hire (Ace Vergel) accidentally injured a bar singer (Aiko Melendez) during his last hit—gun powder blast to the eyes left her blind. A cop expert in taekwondo (Monsour del Rosario) and his buddy (Ruel Vernal) are in pursuit of the hitman, because he could lead them to the gun syndicate who ordered the killings. Well, I may or may not have made up that last part; I already forgot much of the plot and the baddies in the story. Gun dealers, drug dealers, in action movies, what’s the difference, anyways?

I probably saw this in theater in early 2000s. Initially thought this was made in the early aughts, when local action movies has only few remaining punches left in them. And I thought they made some surprising choices. One is casting Monsour del Rosario and Ace Vergel as the cop and the killer. Ace Vergel plays a sympathetic hitman while Monsour del Rosario, the straight-A cop. Two is in having no strong or vague love angle to the story. I mean, Ace Vergel and Aiko Melendez? Three, Ruel Vernal plays a good cop. And four, it’s a rip-off (remake? sequel?) of John Woo’s The Killer (1989), with Ace Vergel playing Chow Yun Fat’s character. (Turns out, this was released in 1996. And it’s actually listed on IMDB as an unofficial sequel to The Killer.)

Huling Sagupaan has the classic two man on the opposite side of the law—cop and hitman—teaming up to go against the bigger bad guys. The hitman just wanted the singer to see again, but when his middleman friend (Dan Fernandez) is killed by the syndicate, he finally turns on the guys who initially hired him. And he needs Monsour’s high kicks and hand to hand combat expertise for some heroic bloodshed. Plot-twist, they turned out to be childhood friends.

Again, it follows The Killer, story-wise, down to the part where a child caught in the crossfire is hit by a bullet and Ace Vergel’s character takes him to the hospital. But it still makes for a fun watch, as it echoes the playful gunfights in HK action films and the local martial arts movies from the ’90s directed by Philip Ko. Oh, wait, it was actually co-directed by Philip Ko.

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  1. Siyempre, it contains the classic Pinoy action movie tropes – goons such as the likes of Buwaya Fajardo and Bomber Moran, shootout in an abandoned warehouse, obligatory car chase scene along Neopolitan, and what have you? Haha!

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    1. IIRC, Buwaya or Bomber was not in this. Maybe, Dindo Arroyo. Car chases and warehouse shootouts are tropes inherent in action movies, not just local movies. Goons with silly names (Banjo, Brando, etc.) and wearing denim jackets are not. Also, I’ll take a well done car chase and shootout sequence from local action movies any day than most of what Hollywood offers nowadays (shaky-cam, CGI overload, etc.) like the Fast Furious movies. And I think local action movies, when they tried to do Hong Kong style action, are actually pretty good.

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