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Palm picks up a ‘Killer’ project

Pic Hong Kong's official foreign-language Oscar submission

Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures has picked up North American distribution rights to Hong Kong hit “Fulltime Killer.”

The action thriller, directed by Johnny To and collaborator Wai Ka-fai, was produced by To, Ka-fai and Andy Lau with his TeamWork Motion Pictures. Pic was Hong Kong’s official foreign-language Oscar submission this year.

“Killer” stars Lau, Takashi Sorimachi, Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Cherrie Ying and Lam Suet in an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Edmond Pang, penned by co-director Wai Ka-fai and Joey O’Bryan.

Pic is a stylistic take on the classic story of a master assassin pursued by two relentless predators.

“We look forward to working with Johnny To and bringing his work to American audiences,” says Palm’s head of acquisitions & co-productions David Koh. “He has a great visual style. Our large and devoted manga audience will love it and embrace it. We hope to work with To on other projects.”

Palm Pictures plans to release the film theatrically late this year or early in 2003, prior to a spring 2003 DVD release.

Deal was brokered by Palm’s Koh and Esther Koo of TeamWork Motion Pictures.