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Fulltime Killer
Fulltime Killer
Actors: Andy Lau, Takashi Sorimachi, Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Cherrie Ying
Directors: Johnny To, Ka-Fai Wai
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
R     2003     1hr 41min

ASIN: B000092T3J Binding: DVD


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Actors: Andy Lau, Takashi Sorimachi, Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Cherrie Ying
Directors: Johnny To, Ka-Fai Wai
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
Sub-Genres: Hong Kong Action, Indie & Art House
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/17/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 41min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Italian, Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese, English
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Member Movie Reviews

Brittni H. (venus) from BATON ROUGE, LA
Reviewed on 11/10/2009...
This movie earns a rare five stars from me, and boy, does it ever deserve it!

I watched this years ago and can still remember tiny details about the characters, because they are that clear in my mind. You have two assassins, both with completely different styles and personalities. One lives in complete anonymity and the other lives as out in the open with guns blazing in the air as he possibly can. The question remains, though. What happens when they both fall for the same girl?

This is a man's romance that will satisfy any wife or girlfriend while satiating the males desire for big action, stunning fight scenes, and an engrossing storyline.

Movie Reviews

Full Time Enjoyment
Edward Lee | 06/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Bang! Bang! Bang!Thanks to the thrill of Hong Kong cinema, action movies still find a home outside of most US production companies, and that fact has rarely been so admirably demonstrated as it is here with FULL TIME KILLER.Tok and O are both hitmen, struggling to be the best at their game. However, rather than leaving their characters flat and two-dimensional at that, the skilled craftsmen are provided interesting and understandable backstories that (thankfully) aren't related to harsh lessons learned in war or going berserk at the violent death of a lifelong friend. The motivations behind these two are possibly entirely real situations, and that makes their characters -- their similarities and their differences -- far more interesting than most flicks exploring the secret life of assassins.However, the story doesn't stop there: the killers are provided with dubious adversaries, facing doublecrosses by their employers who inevitably hope to pit these hardened men against one another. That, and a pair of police detectives intent upon bringing everyone involved to justice make this one inventive flick with heart as well as mind.The film is staged with wonderful set sequences, many of them reminiscent of the films of John Woo, and the action -- once it cranks up a notch -- is choreographed spectacularly. Also, the film borrows heavily from its American counterparts, lifting ideas and influences of some lesser genre hits and incorporating them into the lives of the two leads.Certainly, Hong Kong cinema is not for everyone. Often times, the action can stretch the bounds of believability, making modern cities seem more like one-horse towns in the Old West, guns that never need reloading. Dismissing these inaccuracies is easy, if you have an intelligent script to keep your interest ... and FULL TIME KILLER doesn't disappoint.If anything, one could fault KILLER for developing too much backstory for the hitmen and the girl that inadvertantly binds them together on their quest to become the best. Too many layers of complexity can detract from the visuals, but, if you're watching closely (no pun intended), you'll be able to guess the outcome of this smart thriller with a kind of childish glee.Lock and load."
Nothing wrong with linguistic barriers
Ashe | California | 11/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Many reviewers have complained about the variety of asian languages presented in this film. I say, "get over it." Don't be so ethnocentric as to think that every movie should be made in the language that you personally speak. If you only watch a movie, or judge one, by the language it is filmed in than you will definitely limit your choices of movies. Secondly, this movie has its flaws, but it is a great representative of the whole Hong Kong guns a blazing genre. Great story telling, entertainment, and conveyance of what honor can really mean.If you are a fan of John Woo's Hard Boiled for example, you should definitely give this movie a shot. Thirdly, I gave this movie a 5 star rating. I would have probably given it a 4 star rating but I saw some 2 star ratings by other reviewers and wanted to balance things out to where it should really be."
My first asian flick...
Harry | Chicago, Illinois | 11/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was a great movie. It took a little "getting used to" with the subtitles, but after a while the movie just took off. While I am certain that words are important, what these characters tell you in body language and action is just as impressive. And the scenery is to die for. I am so happy I purchased this DVD. The picture is crystal clear, the images are great and filled with clear color, no over saturation. The sound is also great. You get some previews and trailers with the DVD and some special features. A great DVD to add to my collection."