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The Mission (1999)
"Cheung foh" (original title)

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Triad boss Lung, who has just escaped being killed in an assassination, hires five killers for his protection. Their grown solidarity is under compulsion when Lung gives a special order.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Curtis (as Anthony Wong)
Francis Ng ...
Roy (as Francis Ng)
Jackie Chung-yin Lui ...
Shin (as Jackie Lui)
Roy Cheung ...
Mike
Suet Lam ...
James (as Lam Suet)
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Frank
Tian-Lin Wang ...
Fat Cheung (as Wong Tin Lam)
Eddy Ko ...
Lung (as Ko Hung)
Elaine Eca Da Silva ...
Lung's wife
Keiji Sato ...
Warehouse assassin (as Sato Keiji)
Wai Ai ...
(as Ai Wai)
Man Shing Yau ...
Lung's bodyguard (as Yau Man Shing)
Cub Chin ...
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Yick Tin Hung
Jerome Fung
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Triad boss Lung, who has just escaped being killed in an assassination attempt hires the killers Curtis, James, Mike, Roy and Shin for his protection. Their grown solidarity is under compulsion when Lung orders Curtis to kill Shin in punishment for his affair with Mrs. Lung. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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Five men. They appreciate each other's guts and wisdom, and they are always perfect partners in missions. But now, they'll have to hold their pistols at each other...


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19 November 1999 (Hong Kong)  »

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During the gun battle at the abandoned warehouse, the window is cracked by gunfire. After few gun shots, the bullet holes disappear. See more »

Quotes

Shin: How much longer does it take to get the job done?
Curtis: Are you in a hurry? You may go if you wish.
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Remade as The Mission (2010) See more »

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Johnnie To - Hong Kong's best kept secret
1 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Johnnie To is one of the world's most underrated contemporary film directors. Working in Hong Kong he effortlessly switches between genre flicks (like The Mission, but he's equally at home in rom-coms (like Needing You or Love on a Diet) and weirder though sometimes even better material like 'Running on Karma' (or Heroic Trio is earlier times). The man is just as prolific as he is original, and even if he is derivative he is still a great, effortless entertainer. His Milky Ways production company makes studio and independent films with the same dedication. His latest film 'Election' is actually in competition in this year's Cannes. The Mission is the type of film Jean-Pierre Melville would probably make today. Its a mix of Hong Kong Noir and stylised set-piece. It boasts some of Hong Kong acting heavy-weights (many of which appear also in the Infernal Affairs trilogy). Dialogue is minimal, efficiency is the maxime. The music is so detached that the effect overall is almost hypnotising. The film is not perfect, and the flaws hurt because this could have easily been truly great. Still, it's way above average. Watch this and anything else by To you can get your hands on. It boggles


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