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Fulltime Killer Review

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The flamboyant Tak, who craves fame, and the reclusive O, who relishes the anonymity more befitting a professional killer are two rival assassins in Hong Kong.

★★★★

Fulltime Killer's undemanding but entertaining plot traces the rivalry between two assassins: the flamboyant Tak, who craves fame, and the reclusive O, who relishes the anonymity more befitting a professional killer.

Crammed with hit-man movie references - some oblique (Le Samourai, El Mariachi), others glaring (Leon) - part of the sheer fun of Fulltime Killer is trying to unravel the Gordian cinematic knot and play 'spot the movie' amidst the slo-mo mayhem.

Hailing from the Pang brothers' Bangkok Dangerous school of style over content, it boasts a dizzying number of explosive set-pieces, including a baroque final reel showdown in a fireworks factory.

Plot-wise this is nothing new, but if you hanker for the halcyon days when John Woo films left you breathless from gun-play, then Fulltime Killer hits every target dead centre.

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