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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Ted Shen, Chicago Reader
"There's a fine chemistry of contrasts between Lau's exuberance and the quiet, slow-burning intensity Takashi Sorimachi brings to his role."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"Strangely dull."
‑ Jurgen Fauth, About.com
"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."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The movie's something-borrowed construction feels less the product of loving, well integrated homage and more like a mere excuse for the wan, thinly sketched story. Killing time, that's all that's going on here."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"So what is the point? Lovingly choreographed bloodshed taking place in a pristine movie neverland, basically."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times
"The movie should be building to a stunning conclusion, but somehow it loses momentum."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"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."
‑ Edward Havens, FilmJerk.com
"No, it's not nearly as good as any of its influences."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"Manages to be original, even though it rips off many of its ideas."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"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."
‑ Henry Sheehan, L.A. Weekly
"There's very little sense to what's going on here, but the makers serve up the cliches with considerable dash."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Killer has killer style, but it ain't worth killing two hours of your life on it."
‑ , E! Online
"Together, Tok and O orchestrate a buoyant, darkly funny dance of death. In the process, they demonstrate that there's still a lot of life in Hong Kong cinema."
‑ Pam Grady, Reel.com
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