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The Killer Who Never Kills (2011) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Jam Hsiao (Actor) | Zai Zai Lin (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor, Producer) | Chang Kuo Chu (Actor)
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Trevor Ou (Jam Hsiao) is The Killer Who Never Kills, an assassin who earns the trust of his targets before snuffing their lives – and he does it without killing them! Trevor fakes the deaths of his targets and gives them new identities, but when his first target Grace (Zai Zai Lin) returns – and reveals her love for him – Trevor may need to find a more permanent solution.

Based on a novel by Giddens (writer-director of You Are the Apple of My Eye), The Killer Who Never Kills is part romance, part satire, and all quirky comedy hit. Hong Kong model-actress Chrissie Chau (Marriage with a Liar), veteran actor Cheung Kwok Chu (The Drunkard), and Cape No. 7's Ma Nian Xian join popular singer Jam Hsiao to form the film's strange assassin team. Directed by Jimmy Wan (Lover's Discourse) and MV director @pple, The Killer Who Never Kills also co-stars up-and-coming actress Zai Zai Lin (Taipei Exchanges), Machi's Jeffrey Huang, Taiwan variety show staples Na Dow and Zhao Zheng Ping, and Eric Tsang, who produced the film.

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Product Title: The Killer Who Never Kills (2011) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 殺手歐陽盆栽 (2011) (DVD) (台灣版) 杀手欧阳盆栽 (2011) (DVD) (台湾版) 殺手歐陽盆栽 (2011) (DVD) (台湾版) The Killer Who Never Kills (2011) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Jam Hsiao (Actor) | Zai Zai Lin (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Chang Kuo Chu (Actor) | Jeffrey Huang (Actor) | Ma Nian Xian (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Lin Yu Chih (Na Dow) (Actor) | Zhao Zheng Ping (Actor) 蕭敬騰 (Actor) | 林辰唏 (Actor) | 曾志偉 (Actor) | 張國柱 (Actor) | 黃立成 (Actor) | 馬 念先 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 納豆 (Actor) | 趙 正平 (Actor) 萧敬腾 (Actor) | 林辰唏 (Actor) | 曾志伟 (Actor) | 张国柱 (Actor) | 黄立成 (Actor) | 马 念先 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 纳豆 (Actor) | 赵 正平 (Actor) 蕭敬騰 (ジャム・シャオ) (Actor) | Zai Zai Lin (Actor) | 曾志偉 (エリック・ツァン) (Actor) | 張國柱(チョン・クォックチュウ) (Actor) | 黄立成(ジェフリー・ホァン) (Actor) | 馬念先 (マー・ニェンシェン) (Actor) | 周秀娜 (クリッシー・チャウ) (Actor) | 納豆(ナードウ) (Actor) | Zhao Zheng Ping (Actor) Jam Hsiao (Actor) | Zai Zai Lin (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Chang Kuo Chu (Actor) | Jeffrey Huang (Actor) | Ma Nian Xian (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Lin Yu Chih (Na Dow) (Actor) | Zhao Zheng Ping (Actor)
Director: @pple Li Feng Bo | Jimmy Wan 李豐博 | 尹志文 李丰博 | 尹志文 @pple Li Feng Bo | Jimmy Wan @pple Li Feng Bo | Jimmy Wan
Producer: Eric Tsang 曾志偉 曾志伟 曾志偉 (エリック・ツァン) Eric Tsang
Release Date: 2012-02-01
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 103 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 115 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1029614768

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Professional Review of "The Killer Who Never Kills (2011) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

February 27, 2012

This professional review refers to The Killer Who Never Kills (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Although the hitman genre isn't quite as prolific in Asian cinema as it used to be, it's still pretty popular, if by now looking more than a little overly familiar. Thankfully, as its oddball title suggests, Taiwanese effort The Killer Who Never Kills attempts to add something a little different to the usual formula of moody, self-reflective assassins trying to escape the game, mixing in a variety of elements to spice things up. Based on a popular novel by Giddens (who also wrote and directed the hit You Are the Apple of My Eye, the film was directed by Jimmy Wan (Lover's Discourse) and the bizarrely named music video director @pple (real name Li Feng Bo), and features singer Jam Hsiao in the lead, with support from a mixture of Hong Kong and Taiwanese talent, including actress Zai Zai Lin (Taipei Exchanges), Chrissie Chau (Marriage with a Liar), veteran actor Cheung Kwok Chu (The Drunkard), former hip hop star Jeffrey Huang and Ma Nian Xian (also in the mega hit Cape No.7, with the ever dependable Eric Tsang also putting in an appearance as well as producing.

Jam Hsiao plays Ouyang Bonsai, a young man introduced into the profession of hitman by his uncle Tricky (Eric Tsang), who sets him up to do a series of jobs for slightly psycho mobster Jeff (Jeffrey Huang), known in the underground as Stern Buddha. Unfortunately, the rather nice lad find himself quite unable to kill his targets, not least since most of them seem to have been marked for death for the most innocuous of reasons, and instead ends up faking their deaths and helping them disappear. Things are going pretty well, with him and his team of wacky helpers (Chrissie Chau, Cheung Kwok Chu and Ma Nian Xian) managing to earn some money on the side, until things get complicated after Ouyang falls for one of his targets, a club girl called Xiao Li (Zai Zai Lin) who has managed to incur Stern Buddha's random wrath.

The Killer Who Never Kills makes it clear from the start that it's a light hearted caper rather than anything too angst-ridden or gritty, with an amiable voice over narration from Ouyang Bonsai as he takes the viewer through the beginnings of his unlikely career. Jimmy Wan and @pple do a pretty good job in this respect, achieving a playful feel throughout, with some decent slapstick scenes and eccentric characters making for a respectable amount of low key laughs. The plot is similarly inoffensive and has a sort of vague cleverness to it, and though everything comes together in suspiciously contrived fashion, as piece of popcorn cinema the film is effective enough. Wan and @pple have the good sense to throw in a few flashes of action and violence along the way, and although the film never has enough gritty moments to allow it to be taken seriously, it definitely benefits from avoiding any gratuitous melodrama.

The film was quite obviously crafted as a vehicle for Jam Hsiao, who shot to fame on the Taiwanese Idol type television program One Million Star predictably, several references to his singing are worked into the script, as well as the inevitable nods to genre favourite Leon. Thankfully, he's reasonable enough in the lead, and although not really strong enough to carry the film, he manages to make his faux killer an affable fellow, even if he does basically seem to be playing himself - winning a nomination for Best New Performer at the 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards in the process. The rest of the cast pick up the slack and help to keep things mildly engaging, with Zai Zai Lin cute and charismatic in the usual love interest role, Jeffrey Huang amusing as the pointlessly nasty villain, and Chrissie Chau, Cheung Kwok Chu and Ma Nian Xian all adding eye candy and a few laughs respectively.

Whilst nothing terribly special or memorable, The Killer Who Never Kills is an entertaining and slick effort that offers up an hour and forty minutes of decidedly non-taxing fun. Likely to appeal predominantly to fans of Jam Hsiao, there's enough going on here to make the film enjoyable for general audiences.

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February 29, 2012

This ain't no plant
While You Are the Apple of My Eye was the biggest phenomenon among Chinese-language movies last year, the other Giddens bestseller adaptation The Killer Who Never Kills, which also came out around the same time, didn't get nearly as much affection. There may have been many factors behind it, but the film in question was no doubt a slick, fun, and perhaps underrated black comedy that should stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its blockbuster brethren.

I haven't read Giddens' original, so it doesn't matter to me at all how faithful the film is to the novel it's based on. The story revolves around this contract killer whose good nature prevents him from killing people. Not only that, he saves the people he's supposed to kill, even forging a new identity for them and sending them on to a new life. This intriguing premise has got enough steam to power the 100-minute ride, and as we follow the eccentric killer on his life-saving missions, the plotline moves along at a brisk pace.

The film is geared to be a starring vehicle for pop singer Jam Hsiao, who plays the sympathetic hero with a bizarre handle. As a vocalist, Jam is known for his emotional expressiveness, but here in his film debut he gives a decidedly understated performance. That may come down to his inexperience in acting, but the way he approaches the role is actually quite agreeable and feels organic to the story. The surprise ending that reveals the fate of his character is a real hoot, a wink towards the people who opine that Jam is essentially just playing himself.

Interestingly, the subdued central character provides sharp contrast to the colorful supporting players, from Eric Tsang's father figure, Lin Chen Xi's love interest, to Chrissie Chau and Ma Nien Hsien's accomplices, and Jeffrey Huang's chief villain. The relationship between the killer and his target-turned-girlfriend is a bit too sketchy to carry any significant emotional weight, but in the context of this satire, with its tongue planted firmly in cheek, it's a flaw that is forgivable.

Hong Kong and Taiwan cinema have seen countless hitman movies produced, and all too many of them were about violence, brotherhood, triad warfare, or simply looking cool. The Killer Who Never Kills doesn't really change the game, but kudos should go to Giddens and budding co-directors Jimmy Wan and @pple (Lee Fung Bok) for turning the popular sub-genre on its ear.

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