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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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A misszó - Halott üzlet  »

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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 »

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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 beautiful
17 April 2000 | by (Ithaca, NY) – See all my reviews

Shot lovingly at a measured pace, the Mission is one of the best films I've seen all year.

The cinematography is simply incredible. Combined with a strong score and excellent sound, it sets the tone and pace of the film. Rather than rushing the gun battles and creating the furious duels of John Woo films, the Mission takes a slow measured approach. The bodyguards cover one another and move in harmony, taking up advantageous positions from which to strike. They do this slowly and methodically, but with an air of cinematic perfection to their languid movements. When they fire their guns, the weapons thunder and bullets either ricochet off or shatter their targets. No stock sound effects here - this is as good as Heat or Saving Private Ryan in the intensity and quality of its weapons fire.

The acting is first rate with much of the communication left unspoken. These men don't need to ramble on to one another, a few sentences or a simple gesture convey all the information that is required. All five of the bodyguards turn in first rate performances that leave you with a real sense of both who these men are and what they are all about.

The theme here is loyalty - and while it might be a simple one, this is one of its finest presentations. Definitely worthy of one's time.


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