Fulltime Killer

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Following up on his two-fisted 2000 flick The Mission, Johnnie To, along with Wai Ka Fai, directs this high-octane shoot 'em up about a pair of hired killers vying for their reputation and for a beautiful girl. O (Takashi Sorimachi) is a reclusive, highly disciplined assassin who is considered the top killer of Hong Kong. Since the murder of his comely housekeeper, with whom he secretly has fallen in love, he has grown even more inward. For him, any connection to the outside is fraught with danger, usually leading to death. Tok (played by pop star and heartthrob Andy Lau) is the polar opposite of O -- brash and eager to be number one. Chin (Kelly Lin) is O's part-time housekeeper -- a replacement to her murdered predecessor -- and current obsession. When Tok seduces her -- in between knocking off gangsters in a Bill Clinton mask -- he forces O out of his seclusion and into a confrontation with his rival. Meanwhile, Interpol, lead by Inspector Lee (Simon Yam of Bullet in the Head fame), is hot on their trail. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Fulltime Killer

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13)

  • An intelligent, wellconstructed emotional thriller with added gunplay, it delivers a pleasurable blend of mischief and mayhem.

    Jan 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Full of visual and verbal references to action and noir favorites, but burdened by a knotty story line and existential dialogue about fateful coincidences, it has trouble locating its own emotional core.

    Feb 9, 2007 | Full Review…
  • So what is the point? Lovingly choreographed bloodshed taking place in a pristine movie neverland, basically.

    Jun 6, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Manages to be original, even though it rips off many of its ideas.

    Jun 5, 2003 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • There's a fine chemistry of contrasts between Lau's exuberance and the quiet, slow-burning intensity Takashi Sorimachi brings to his role.

    Apr 2, 2003
  • There's undeniable enjoyment to be had from films crammed with movie references, but the fun wears thin -- then out -- when there's nothing else happening.

    Mar 27, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fulltime Killer

  • Mar 03, 2011
    Stylish action-thriller that may not be rife with originallity but does deliver an entertaining and cool time-filler. Really good action scenes helped along by snazzy camera work and a great charismatic performance by Andy Lau. The whole competing hitmen thing has been done before but there's enough in this one for any Hong Kong action fan to enjoy, but it's not among the directors best efforts.
    Lee ? Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2009
    This is a very enjoyable action / thriller movie from Hong Kong, though not as much action as some I have seen from the west (West of me.) it still holds a good story line and enjoyable moments. Two assassins are pretty much pitted against each other. One is O (Takashi Sorimachi) who is the top hit man in the far East and is know for his professionalism. He has a cleaning lady who he is in love with clean an apartment he never lives in. The other assassin is Tok (Andy Lau), who is a show boater when it comes to killing. Sooner or later they must face each other and this provides for a action packed movie, that rates 4 stars.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2008
    Awesome hitman film from the great Kai Fai Wai and Johhny To. Almost like an update of Duel to the Death with the Hong Kong vs Japan angle, but this is a non-stop film with great characters and action setpieces. Highly recommended.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2008
    another fine johnny to offering...nice play between the two leads...interesting styles between the two killers...almost as in 'heat'...with a girl in the middle...suspenseful, interesting watch
    alan j Super Reviewer

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