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Full Time Killer
Full Time Killer
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Avg. Customer Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars(based on 26 reviews)
Sales Rank: 27407
Category: DVD

Directors: Ka-fai Wai, Johnny To
Publisher: Palm Pictures / Umvd
Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
Manufacturer: Palm Pictures / Umvd
Label: Palm Pictures / Umvd
Format: Color, Ntsc
Language: English (Dubbed)
Rating: R (Restricted)
Media: DVD
Number Of Items: 1

UPC: 660200305529
EAN: 0660200305529
ASIN: B0004Z302Q

Release Date: October 19, 2004
Theatrical Release Date: 2001
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Customer Reviews:   Read 21 more reviews...

2 out of 5 stars To stumbles   May 22, 2006
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
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 1 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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