Member: Rank 4
I liked Running on Karma. I gave it 3 stars. It was hard to get over Andy Lau in the muscle suit but overall a pretty good movie. Fulltime Killer I rated 4 stars. Right in my wheelhouse, that one.Fulltime Killer (2001) (Hong Kong Action) (repeat viewing) – Two assassins (one played by Andy Lau in flamboyant fashion) compete against one another in this movie directed by Johnnie To. This is a stylish, engaging and fun movie. A portion of the film is spent with Lau and his video shop girlfriend (played by Kelly Lin) who hang out and chat, which adds some character and charm to the proceedings. There’s quite a bit of indirect communication in this, which may require the viewer to piece together a few things for themselves. The action scenes are good, employing some original methods, such as chaotic water hoses. One particular sequence stands out, taking place in an apartment complex with both assassins eradicating dozens of policemen. There’s also a funny scene involving fake grenades. Simon Yam and Cherry Ying have supporting roles. This would make a sweet double feature with “Time and Tide.”
Running on Karma (2003) (Hong Kong Drama/Action) (repeat viewing) – Johnnie To directs this genre-bending film about a lady cop (Cecilia Cheung) who meets an ex-monk bodybuilder (Andy Lau) with the ability to see the karma of other people. The comedic elements are good, the development of the relationship between the two leads is well done, the pacing is brisk, and the content provides a bit of insight into the concept of karma itself. Viewer beware that this has significant tonal shifts and some dark elements that make it both ridiculous and dramatic at the same time.
This post brought to you by my bromance with Johnnie To LOL.