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Fulltime Killer

Rated R 98 minutes 2003

Two amoral hit men—a movie-mad show-off (Andy Lau) and a morose loner (Takashi Sorimachi)—compete for the affections of a video store clerk and the honor of being Hong Kong's number-one assassin. Directors Johnnie To (The Mission) and Wai Ka-fai conjure up a stylized, nightmarish atmosphere that turns a familiar urban setting into a sinister playground, and their gory multiple killings and final showdown are gracefully staged. This 2001 crime thriller is full of visual and verbal references to action and noir favorites (Point Break, El Mariachi, Le Samourai), but burdened by a knotty story line and existential dialogue about fateful coincidences, it has trouble locating its own emotional core. In Japanese, Cantonese, and Mandarin with subtitles.

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Official Site: www.fulltimekiller.com

Director: Johnny To and Ka-Fai Wai

Cast: Andy Lau, Takeshi Sorimachi, Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Cherrie Ying and Lam Suet

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