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Fulltime Killer - Special Edition
Fulltime Killer - Special Edition
Buy New: $49.99
Avg. Customer Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars(based on 26 reviews)
Sales Rank: 56190
Category: DVD

Directors: Ka-fai Wai, Johnny To
Publisher: Tai Seng Entertainme
Studio: Tai Seng Entertainme
Manufacturer: Tai Seng Entertainme
Label: Tai Seng Entertainme
Format: Color, Dolby, Dts Surround Sound, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Unknown), English (Subtitled)
Rating: R (Restricted)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 103 minutes
Number Of Items: 1

UPC: 601641047647
EAN: 0601641047647
ASIN: B000066753

Release Date: May 28, 2002
Theatrical Release Date: November 30, 2000
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

Customer Reviews:   Read 21 more reviews...

2 out of 5 stars To stumbles   May 22, 2006
  1 out of 1 found this review helpful

Well, it had to happen sooner or later: a disappointing Johnnie To film, albeit one co-directed by Ka-Fei Wai. It's not so much that the film is exactly bad, more that it's so average when it could and should have been much better. A riff on Assassins, with reckless hitman Andy Lau trying to eliminate Takashi Sorimachi and take his crown, there are plenty of good ideas and clever plot twists and, while utterly unbelievable, Lau's character never becomes as much of a clown as Antonio Banderas in Richard Donner's film. But there's a clumsiness, not just to the film's construction but also its execution, as if it were made by less experienced hands. One major problem is the multilingual treatment: the Cantonese and Japanese dialog is fine, but huge chunks of the film are played in English, and neither Lau nor Simon Yam are particularly fluent in it, rendering much of their dialog painfully awkward (to be fair, Yam comes off far worse). The end, where everybody gets what they want, feels right, but there's a curious sense of underachieving throughout the film: the constant question isn't "What'll happen next?" but "Why isn't this as good as it should be?" One for the money, I suspect.

5 out of 5 stars Andy Lau Is The Man.   January 11, 2006
  1 out of 1 found this review helpful

Andy Lau is Mr. Charisma. He hams it up to the max in this explosive film and I loved it. Lau plays Tok, a hitman who is obsessed with becoming the best killer in the world. The only thing stopping him from fulfilling this dream is a Japanese killing machine named O (Takashi Sorimachi). Of Course, these guys are headed for a deadly showdown which will settle things permanently. With great performances, superb action sequences, and brilliant direction by Johnnie To and Wai Ka Fai, Fulltime Killer is an instant classic.

4 out of 5 stars Lethal Syringe of Action   August 19, 2005
In some ways, "Fulltime Killer" is a bit of a mishmash, but while it may not be perfect cinema, it's certainly a delightful action genre. Director Johnny To who did "The Mission" and recently the romantic "Xiang Zuo Zuo, Xiang You Zou," has sometimes been compared as the Hong Kong Antonioni with a brooding sense of gloom that pervades his action efforts. This comes though as Takashi Sorimachi as O is a very disciplined assassin who lays low and takes a careful appraoch. He rents a flat & then rents another space in another building across the way to observe by telescope what happens in his apartment. His housekeeper is killed and sends him into an emotional tailspin since he'd developed an attachment for her. Kelly Lin as Chin becomes the part-time housekeeper and is observed from afar. Andy Lau is delightful as the flashy killer eager to establish his reputation and out-do his rival O. He parades around in a Bill Clinton mask and injects a mob boss with a lethal syringe. Simon Yam as Inspector Lee does a great job, although his character seems queer when he resigns to write a book. I found elements of Hitchcock as well as O carefully observes his flat by telescope. The firework filled big bang of an ending in the warehouse worked for me and was Matrix-like in its cinematic assault. While not perfect, this is an excellent piece by this Hong Kong director with blockbuster performances by its stars. Enjoy!

4 out of 5 stars High level action   August 13, 2005
  0 out of 2 found this review helpful

This is a great thriller. Lots of action and suspence. great movie. rent it, buy it. its worth watching over and over.

4 out of 5 stars Action = good, Plot = bad   February 22, 2005
  3 out of 6 found this review helpful

Good action. The plot is basically a rip of The Assassins starring Antonia Banderis and Silvester Stalone. Full TIme Killers just exaggerates that movie in all ways. THe end was bad to say the least. The twists werent good. I'll give it a 3 for action. 1 for story.

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