Chuen jik sat sau (2001)
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Johnnie To's Fulltime Killer stars Andy Lau and Takashi Sorimachi as rival hitmen, rival in their work and for the love of video store clerk/housekeeper Kelly Lin, who has layers they can only guess at. The film throws in Simon Yam as an Interpol agent obsessed with catching either of the assassins, two white whales for the price of one. Based on a novel, the film has a novelistic approach that switches between these four people's points of view, and since To is directing, you can expect gorgeous visuals and lyrical editing and camera work. By the nature of his character, Lau mostly steals the show. His is the crazy, by-the-seat-of-his-pants assassin who consistently references American action movies in his assassinations, while Takashi's killer is more steadfast, serious, and attentive to the need for contingency plans. But which will win? My one caveat is how some actors are forced to speak English, which just doesn't sit well in their mouths (the subtitles drop off, but maybe shouldn't); I'm sure all but Takashi's Japanese is just as bad.
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This movie ranks #164 in LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever
This movie ranks #431 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide