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Aki Kaurismäki

I Hired a Contract Killer

Edition 1991
79' - 1990 - Crime, Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: Finnish, English
Director: Aki Kaurismäki With: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Margi Clarke, Kenneth Colley
Written over a weekend (the director claims) the story of this film is about Henri, played by Truffaut protégé Jean-Pierre Léaud, who decides to kill himself when made redundant from his 15-year job. He discovers, however, that suïcide is not easy. so he hires a cancer-ridden contract killer, Harry, to help. As soon as the contract is signed, things begin to look up: he meets a flower-seller and falls in love. Hemi's only problem now is stopping the killer. (Moving Pictures Int 11.10.90)

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Aki Kaurismäki


Jean-Pierre Léaud, Margi Clarke, Kenneth Colley


Aki Kaurismäki, Peter von Bagh

Director of Photography

Timo Salminen


Aki Kaurismäki


Aki Kaurismäki

More information


Finnish, English

Countries of production

Finland, United Kingdom




Aki Kaurismäki
The Saimaa Gesture (1981), Jackpot 2 (short, 1982), The Worthless (1982), Crime and Punishment (1983), The Clan - Tale of the Frogs (1984), Viimeiset rotannahat (1985), Calamari Union (1985), Rocky VI (short, 1986), Shadows in Paradise (1986), Hamlet Goes Business (1987), Ariel (1988), Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989), The Match Factory Girl (1990), I Hired a Contract Killer (1990), The Bohemian Life (1992), Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994), Total Balalaika Show (1994), Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994), Iron Horsemen (1994), Drifting Clouds (1996), Employment Agent (short, 1996), Juha (1999), Vera, nadezhda, krov' (2000), The Man Without a Past (2002), Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002), Visions of Europe (2004), Lights in the Dusk (2006), To Each His Own Cinema (2007), The Foundry (short, 2007), Le Havre (2011), 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero (2011), Centro Histórico (2012), O Tasqueiro (short, 2012), Juice Leskinen & Grand Slam: Bluesia Pieksämäen asemalla (short, 2013), The Other Side of Hope (2017), Fallen Leaves (2023)

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