Supreme‘s next noteworthy drop will pay homage to one of the most iconic Chinese action films of all time, The Killer. The movie was created by legendary director John Woo, whose other more recognizable global releases include Mission: Impossible II, Face/Off and Broken Arrow. The Killer was basically one of the films that helped propel Woo into filming bigger Hollywood projects.
As for the movie, the action flick stars actor Chow Yun-fat who plays an assassin. Without giving too much about the film, the plot includes the Hong Kong Triad gang, romance and of course action-packed shootouts. In fact, a lot of action movie directors today credit John Woo for progressing the art of shootout sequences because of his slow-motion style as well as signature callouts like pigeons flying through the set, religious ornaments in view and extreme display of gun skills by the protagonist.
In this video, Woo expands a bit about the film and how he had so much freedom making the movie — he basically did the whole project without a script. Wu-Tang’s RZA also joins in and gives his two cents on the value of art and freedom. In retrospect, RZA actually sampled a dialogue from the movie to produce Raekwon’s “Incarcerated Scarfaces” track for the rapper’s 1995 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… album. In the beginning, you can hear the same dialogue as featured on Supreme’s teaser clip:
He looks determined without being ruthless. Something heroic in his manner. There’s a courage about him. Doesn’t look like a killer.
The Supreme x The Killer collab should be on the way this Thursday as seen on a military-style jacket featuring a still from the film on the back. It can be seen in the brand’s FW18 lookbook. Hoodies, decks and tees will also be available.