Combustible Celluloid
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With: Andy Lau, Takashi Sorimachi, Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Cherrie Ying, Lam Suet
Written by: Wai Ka-fai, Joey O'Bryan, based on the novel by Edmond Pang
Directed by: Johnny To/Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong violence, some language and brief nudity
Language: Cantonese, Japanese, English, Mandarin, with English subtitles
Running Time: 98
Date: 08/03/2001

Fulltime Killer (2002)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Palpable Hit

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Keeping the Hong Kong action movie alive, directors Johnny To (The Heroic Trio and The Mission) and Wai Ka-fai team up for this tale of dueling hitmen, each vying for the top spot in the business. The first is a subtle planner named "O" (Takashi Sorimachi) and the second is a flashy showoff (Andy Lau) who's obsessed with old movies (he references El Mariachi and Le Samourai, among others). To confuse matters, they both become involved with the same girl (Kelly Lin). The movie contains many dazzling action sequences, but most effective is a hit inside a prison cell involving a cluster of hand grenades.

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