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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 attempt hires the killers Curtis, James, Mike, Roy and Shin for his protection. Their grown solidarity is under ... See full summary »

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Curtis (as Anthony Wong)
Francis Ng ...
Roy (as Francis Ng)
Jackie Lui Chung-yin ...
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 ...
Saliva
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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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

Fat Cheung: The restaurant hasn't been doing well lately. I want to sell out my shares.
Lung: You don't have many shares left in the restaurant.
Fat Cheung: Well, forget it then.
Lung: How much do you want?
Fat Cheung: 30 million.
Lung: I'll transfer the money to your account tomorrow morning.
Fat Cheung: Thanks.
Lung: Don't do too much gambling.
Fat Cheung: [leaving] Okie dokie.
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Starkly enjoyable
20 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The third Johnnie To film to be released this year (following "Where A Good Man Goes" and "Running Out Of Time), "The Mission" is surprisingly different in a lot of respects. Beautifully photographed but slightly underwhelming, "Mission" features a simple storyline about 5 bodyguards protecting a triad boss in his daily endeavors.

The film is defined by gorgeously stark cinematography and visual framing that utilizes wide angle lenses effectively. Just check out the sequence at a mall where the bodyguards are all focusing on different unseen targets. It all resembles a whacked-out target-shooting video game. There is also some solid performances, esp. by Anthony Wong as Curtis, one of the bodyguards.

Unfortunately, the story is a little underwhelming since we're now accustomed to seeing Milky Way films that feature interweaving tales that deal a lot with fate and consequence. While this one does have a certain element of that, for the most part it's about both the loyalty and monotony that is inherent in the bodyguard profession.

While "The Mission" is slightly lacking in certain respects, it is still a solid Milky Way production and a good capper to To and company's good year.


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