Killing Skill
Hong Kong 2002
Directed by Philip Ko.


Mark Cheng, Lily Chung, Law Ka Ying These days, low budget filmmakers who still use film apparently have to shoot in the Phillippines to cover costs. Lily Chung is a "guitar killer", determined to kill all the drug traffikers in town, especially Mark Cheng, the druglord's right hand man. The movie is pointless, the plot so thin as to be almost invisible. But the directing makes this somewhat special. Roughly half the running time is just showing Lily walking down various streets carrying her guitar case. Sometimes it looks like she's going for a gunfight, but as often as not, nothing happens. She is just walking with her guitar case. In slo-mo, music blaring. A few moments evoke the face-offs in Italian westerns. Other times, KILLING SKILL rambles like PHANTOM OF SNAKE, more concerned in watching women move than moving on with the story. KILLING SKILL is bad, but I am intrigued by director Philip Ko and am interested to find out what else he has done and where he will turn up next. Unlike most low budget HK directors, he actually has some discernable style.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on June 28, 2004.


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