Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures has bought North American distribution rights to Hong Kong hit Fulltime Killer from TeamWork Motion Pictures. The action thriller was directed by Johnny To and collaborator Wai Ka Fai and stars Andy Lau as a master assassin pursued by two relentless predators. It was selected as the Hong Kong submission for the best foreign language film Academy Award last year.

Palm's head of acquisitions and co-productions David Koh negotiated the deal for the film with Esther Koo of TeamWork. Palm plans to release the film theatrically in late 2002 prior to a spring 2003 DVD release.