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Fulltime Killer

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Fulltime Killer, Andy Lau, ...
Fulltime Killer

Fulltime Killer

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
101 minutes
Limited Release Date:
03/21/03
performer:
Andy Lau, Kelly Lin, Takashi Sorimachi
director:
Johnnie To
distributor:
Palm
author:
80308, 68847
genre:
Foreign Language, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C

On a downtown street, a Chinese assassin in a rubber Bill Clinton mask strolls along in slow motion. He fires a shotgun, killing four victims as the soundtrack twitters with ironic classical music. Recognize the movie reference? It’s ”Point Break,” it’s ”Heat,” it’s ”A Clockwork Orange,” it’s a dozen of De Palma’s lyrical gunfests. What it isn’t is a sequence that serves any purpose — that is, apart from fulfilling the desire of codirectors Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai to shoot it. In Fulltime Killer, To and Ka-Fai gather up their favorite American action clichés and try to inflate them into peak moments. Their bloodbath enthusiasm is, every so often, contagious, but the tale of Tok (Andy Lau), a sleek sociopath on the trail of O (Takashi Sorimachi), the most legendary of Asian hitmen, is too scattershot to take hold.

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