Screenplay Genre: Action

Movie time: 106 minutes

 

1. INCITING INCIDENT

An assassin named Jeffrey (Chow Yun Fat) accepts one final hit from his Triad bosses. He tracks his target to a ritzy nightclub and a firefight immediately breaks out. In the midst of the massive shootout, a muzzle flash from his gun blinds Jennie (Sally Yeh), the nightclub’s singer. (00:06:00)

2. LOCK IN (End of Act One)

Jeffrey falls in love with the blinded Jenny, and a relationship soon develops between the pair. Jenny remains unaware of his true identity as the nightclub assailant. Racked by guilt, Jeffrey takes on yet another “last” job from the Triads in order to pay for a corneal transplant. (00:22:00)

3. FIRST CULMINATION (Midpoint)

In a game of cat and mouse, a detective named Li (Danny Lee) traces the trail of blood back to Jeffrey. A heated confrontation occurs between the two at Jenny’s house. Jeffrey manages to escape, and Detective Li proceeds to reveal the assassin’s true nature to Jenny. (00:55:00)

4. MAIN CULMINATION (End of Act Two)

After the death of his partner, Detective Li tracks Jeffrey to the home of his triad manager, Fung Sei (Chu Kong). Another confrontation between the pair occurs, again with Jenny present. They're soon interrupted by a swarm of Triad thugs, resulting in an ambush.  Li and Jeffrey cooperate and manage to escape together. (01:17:30)

5. THIRD ACT TWIST

Jeffrey reveals to Li that he plans to use the money from the hit to pay for Jenny’s surgery. As they wait at a church for Fung Sei to arrive with his payment, Jeffrey promises to donate his own eyes in the off chance that anything should happen to him. The meeting turns out to be a setup — Fung Sei arrives beaten and mortally wounded, with mob boss Wong Hoi (Shing Fui On) and his triad gang not far behind. A massive shootout leaves Jeffrey dead from a bullet in each eye. (01:30:00)