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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.
So what is the point? Lovingly choreographed bloodshed taking place in a pristine movie neverland, basically.
Manages to be original, even though it rips off many of its ideas.
There's a fine chemistry of contrasts between Lau's exuberance and the quiet, slow-burning intensity Takashi Sorimachi brings to his role.
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.
For those who like their Hong Kong movies to come at them straight from the shoulder ... Fulltime Killer fulfills all the conventions of raw Cantonese gun opera.
An intelligent, wellconstructed emotional thriller with added gunplay, it delivers a pleasurable blend of mischief and mayhem.
The movie should be building to a stunning conclusion, but somehow it loses momentum.
There's very little sense to what's going on here, but the makers serve up the cliches with considerable dash.
The dreamy flow back and forth through time and memory and the shifting point of view across four narrators casts the sleek stylistics of 21st-century Hong Kong cinema between tortured existential heroics and tall tale.
Fans of the modern day Hong Kong action film finally have the worthy successor to A Better Tomorrow and The Killer which they have been patiently waiting for.
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.
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.
Starts well until it becomes exactly what is trying to make a parody from, but duller. Andy Lau was fun to watch here, Simon Yam is awfully wasted.
story gets so ridiculous and boring, the dialogue starts alluding to it; loses any deeper layer and amounts to an exercise in glorifying violence with above-average style; high angles for the first 20 min (!) and good crane shots
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