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`NAKED KILLER' IS PURE POISON

After Jackie Chan's hilarious and thrilling "Armour of God II," it's sad to report that the latest Hong Kong action thriller to come to the Tower Theater is a ridiculous over-the-top yarn about female assassins called "Naked Killer." Take the title literally.

The story, such as it is, focuses on a young woman named Kitty (Chingmy Yau) who is pegged as solid assassin material by Sister Cindy (Svenwara Madoka), a veteran of the game. Cindy takes Kitty under her wing and teaches her how to kick, bash and shoot with the best of them, unaware of Kitty's uneasy flirtation with Tinam (Simon Yam), a male cop. Yam, meanwhile, is looking for a killer, unaware that it's Kitty - and because he accidentally shot his brother, he vomits every time he picks up a gun.The action scenes are wild, even by Hong Kong martial-arts standards, so goofy and cartoony that it goes far beyond humorous and directly into camp - from the very first scene. Add to that excessive doses of sex, blood, gore and brutal mayhem and you have a thriller only the most desperate cult film fans can love.

And look out for that poison lipstick.

"Naked Killer" is not rated but is solidly in hard R-rated territory, with violence, gore, sex, nudity, profanity and vulgarity.