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Synopsis:
Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: R
Street Date: 10/12/04
Wide Screen: no
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
LanguageENGLISH
Foreign Film: yes
Subtitlesyes
Dubbed: no
Full Frame: yes
Re-Release: no
Packaging: Sleeve


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Product Details

  • Actors: Andy Lau, Takashi Sorimachi, Kelly Lin, Simon Yam, Cherrie Ying
  • Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
  • Writers: Ka-Fai Wai, Ho-Cheung Pang, Joey O'Bryan
  • Producers: Andy Lau, Bob Wong, Catherine Chan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0004Z302Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,487 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Full Time Killer" on IMDb

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Chen on April 29, 2002
Format: DVD
I saw this movie last night at the San Francisco International Film Festival. It stars Japanese heartthrob Takashi Sorimachi as O, the best assassin in Asia, and Hong Kong heartthrob Andy Lau as Tok, an up-and-coming assassin who wants to be known as the best and thus challenges O. I went into this movie not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised, especially by the last third of the movie as it showed unexpected depths and twists.
Not to say this movie is without flaws -- there's lots of typical extraneous violence, many hokey lines, and unbelievable scenes. However, the movie's switching between Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and English (depending on the native language of the speaker) is a bit of a surprise and gives the movie a bit more of a cosmopolitan, realistic feel than most HK action flicks (don't worry, it's subtitled in Chinese and English). But the action is well-paced, with amusing references to the first-person shoot-em-up video games like "Doom" and "Halo" that it sometimes resembles, and interesting camera angles and editing. Sorimachi delivers a sexy performance as the efficient but terse O, and Lau walks a psychotic edge as the flamboyant Tok with a love for movies.
"Fulltime Killer" isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy Hong Kong action films or are a fan of one of the stars, or like action films with a bit of a twist and aren't expecting "War and Peace", then check this one out.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 24, 2003
Format: DVD
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "meadbt" on October 11, 2003
Format: DVD
First, let me address two of the negative views about this film expressed by others. The variation in language is not a mishap. There is no "chinese" language. What people are refering to when they say "chinese" is generally mandarin, which is China's official language. However, very few people in Hong Kong choose to speak mandarin, even if they are able. Cantonese is the langauge of choice (sounds sing-songy...the stereotypical chinese language...ex. "Yong tau, ming bei." and the sort. Anyone who has ever spent time in China is aware that many languages are spoken in all cities. Second, the plot in this movie is not meant to be easily followed or the intricacies uncovered. The intent is obviously to show the plot's complexity by making it complex. A concept lost on those who are not in the businesses of film or theater. I feel that Fulltime Killer is not a movie for everyone. If you are not the type to read subtitles then DO NOT RENT OR BUY. However, if you would like to be exposed to a different style of film than we Americans are used to then give it a go. I mean, people trashed movies like Snatch, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, and mean Machine initially, due to not understanding the brilliance of English cinema. Now these are some of the top selling films in this country. Don't let the nay-sayers get the better of you...give this film a shot.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harry on November 8, 2003
Format: DVD
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.
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