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Film Review: A Taste of Killing and Romance (1994) by Veronica Chan

Film Review: A Taste of Killing and Romance (1994) by Veronica Chan

By Jack Ford

It is the boy-meets-girl love story that has been around for centuries, but where both the male and female leads are hired killers. This is the premise of one of the early films by one of the biggest stars of Hong Kong, Andy Lau, “A Taste of Killing and Romance” – a film that delivers on its two title promises in equal measure.

The boy is Ko Sao (Lau), a renowned hitman but wistful and thoughtful in his nature. He understands that death is always close, so much so he had already had his own tombstone made. It is obvious he is longing for something more fulfilling in his life: after he receives his first payment for killing, he remarks “Money is only one of my needs”. We then meet the girl, Yu-Feng (Anita Yuen). On first impression, she seems unassuming enough but that image

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