Fulltime Killer
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Johnnie To.

A killer who can't stand flickering flourescents hunts down a killer who gets off his game when he hears country western music, both problems I can readily identify with. Tok (Andy Lau) wants to be the number one killer, O (Takeshi Sorimachi) already is. The only thing between them is O's cleaning lady and a cop who shouldn't be speaking so much english (Simon Yam). The first time I tried watching this I shut it off after a half an hour in boredom, unable to bear the self conscious artifice on display. Director To still knows how to make movies with style and energy, too bad he forgot how to make one with a point. When I finally decided to try and finish the thing I found the middle to be fairly entertaining, but then I was let down again by the ending. It's not that bad, really, compared to a lot of other Hong Kong movies on release this year, but compared with To classics like A HERO NEVER DIES or THE MISSION, it's complete shit.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 10, 2004.

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