Legend of a Professional
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Billy Chan.

Anthony Wong is a ruthless killer, though as he says, "I only kill those who deserve killing," so I guess that makes it alright. He meets a tough street girl, Josie Ho, and pays her to pretend to be his girlfriend for his mother when she visits from Vietnam (Helena Law). After his mother leaves, they end up staying together, and as he teaches her how to kill, romance blossoms. He only regrets one murder -- a man who stumbled on to a killing and whom he shot accidentally, some time ago. The man had a boy with him, who grows up to be a deranged psychopath, ready to deal out his karmic retribution. I was fully expecting to be bored out of my mind, but instead got drawn in quickly. Anthony Wong turns in a solid performance, as does Josie Ho. The casting of Wong saved this picture from being another sappy hit man romance, as no pretty boy romance is allowed. Having his nemesis completely mentally deranged because of something he did years ago, and regrets, gives the film an emotional depth that is missing from most of the other low budget pictures of this type (like ULTIMATUM, THE ENEMY, or BLOODY COPS).

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 13, 2004.

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