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Chuen jik sat sau (2001)

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Two very different hitmen find themselves to be in each other's way. They use all their skill to solve the problem.

Directors:

Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai (as Wai Ka Fai)

Writers:

Ho-Cheung Pang (novel) (as Edmond Pang), Ka-Fai Wai (screenplay) (as Wai Ka Fai) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Andy Lau ... Lok Tok-Wah
Takashi Sorimachi ... O
Simon Yam ... Albert Lee
Kelly Lin ... Chin
Cherrie Ying ... Gigi
Suet Lam ... Fat Ice (as Lam Suet)
Teddy Lin Teddy Lin ... C7 (as Teddy Li)
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Storyline

For many years professional assassin O has resided in an isolated world of killing and loneliness, which only becomes worse after the death of his love, Nancy. But his life begins to change once he meets the innocent Chin. Chin, hired to clean O's apartment. However, soon the flamboyent and reckless Tok enters Chin's life with a mission--to unveil O's identity and usurp his place as the number one sharp-shooting assassin in the game. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A story of two killers with different ideals...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence, some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Release Date:

3 August 2001 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Fulltime Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,676, 23 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,992, 6 April 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The rifle Tok uses in the police shootout is a Barret .50 Caliber See more »

Goofs

When the Interpol agents are reading about Tok's collapse during a shooting competition, the word "collapses" is misspelled "collopses" in the book they are reading. See more »

Quotes

Tok: I love trailers. They represent the best a movie has to offer. Just like when you die, your life flashes before your eyes.
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Connections

References Cheung foh (1999) See more »

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Where My Heart Belongs
Performed and Lyrics by Alla Kadysh
Music by Guy Zerafa and Alex Khaskin
Published by Zerafa Music Inc., Salieri Music Publishing Inc. and Dummy Babe Music
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Fantastic blood and bullets thriller
28 January 2003 | by Mike AstillSee all my reviews

Fantastic blood and bullets thriller starring Andy Lau and Takashi Sorimachi as Tok and O , two hitmen at the top of their game. O is the number 1 killer, he does his job and gets away clean. Tok is a showman, taking risks but always making them pay. To be number 1 he knows he has to defeat O, and begins to stalk his prey. Along the way, both hitmen fall for Chin (Kelly Lin), a young Taiwanese woman, and attract the attention of Lee (Simon Yam), a cop determined to bring them both down.

So far, so familiar, but Johnny To delivers a film that ascends over its premise to become a classic of the genre. The action sets are expertly done, and everyone looks totally cool - especially Lau. Slo-mo and visual effects are used but not overused, and there was clearly a decent budget getting thrown around (the list of sponsors in the credits attests to that). There's more depth here than in an average film of its ilk, but there's also a delightful sense of glee in the action pieces that make you think that those involved thankfully weren't taking it completely seriously.

If you're a fan of ‘heroic bloodshed' action and for whatever reason haven't seen this yet, do yourself a favour.


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