Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem.
Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he ... See full summary »
Nick is a struggling dentist in Canada. A new neighbor moves in, and he discovers that it is Jimmy "The Tulip" Teduski. His wife convinces him to go to Chicago and inform the mob boss who wants Jimmy dead.
The brothers Chow Nunn and Chow Lui's giant computer company is facing a tense crisis - a powerful computer virus is rapidly wiping out their computer network. At the last minute a cyber-friend arrives to join the battle. The mysterious 'Angel.com' battles the virus and saves the company. Invited by Chow Lui for a visit in person, Angel.com arrives in the form of the beautiful Lynn. But it turns out Lynn is a professional assassin with amazing high-tech and kung fu skills. She kills Chow Lui with cyanide hidden in a pair of sunglasses. She's aided by her sister Sue, who operates the pair's World Panorama surveillance system, which allows them to tap into any video security system in the world. Young cop Kong Yat Hong and her partner Mark are put on the case. Hong has a brilliant mind and immediately senses she's dealing with a killer with very special skills. Realizing they are facing a tough adversary, Lynn and Sue become fascinated with Hong as well. Lynn runs into Yan, the cousin ... Written by
I went in not expecting to enjoy the film, because generally I do not like watching action films. However, the action scenes in So Close were chereographed very well and with such painstaking panache that you are drawn into the fight scenes, the plot and the general mood of the story, which by the way is not bad (in fact, I would say it's quite good for a Hongkong movie, considering these days of falling standards in the industry and rampant piracy). Singapore showed the original undubbed version - and I thought Shu Qi and Vicki Zhao's mellifluous Mandarin was a pleasure to listen to. Shu Qi burns up the screen as usual in her sultry pouty poses, but I am surprised by the amount of emotional depth she invested into the more dramatic moments of this fabulously entertaining movie. She destroys the notion that she's just a bimbo export to Hollywood, especially with her recent 'Transporter'. Vicki Zhao was fabulous as her younger sister too - though she didn't quite manage to come off looking like she acted very well, she still managed to endear herself to audiences, being the likeable younger sister and all. But the surprise is towards the end, where Vicki's character gains maturity after the tragedy and she works towards proving that she is able to stand on par with her sister. Karen Mok is funny and entertaining and serious too - yes, it's a contradiction, but a real contradiction. She manages to come off looking cool and collected as the female cop that pursues Shu Qi and Vicki Zhao, with the intelligence of James Bond and the crappy fluffiness of a female magazine. This movie is fabulously entertaining and a treat for fans of the halcyon days of Hongkong cinema. Watch out for the gag during the car chase involving Karen Mok and Vicki Zhao. You'll love it.
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