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So Close -- A conflict of interest between two high-kicking assassin sisters is complicated as they're pursued by the criminals who hired them and an equally high-kicking female cop.

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Release Date:
12 September 2002 (Singapore) See more »
Tagline:
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Plot:
A conflict of interest between two high-kicking assassin sisters is complicated as they're pursued by the criminals who hired them and an equally high-kicking female cop. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
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SO CLOSE - grand new update of girls-guns-and-kung fu See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Qi Shu ... Lynn

Wei Zhao ... Sue

Karen Mok ... Hong Yat Hong
Seung-heon Song ... Yen (as Song Seung Hun)
Yasuaki Kurata ... Master
Derek Wan ... Master
Michael Wai ... Ma Siu Ma
Deric Wan ... Chow Nunn (as Siu-Lun Wan)
Sau Sek ... Chow Lui
Ki Yan Lam ... Alice

Josie Ho ... Ching (as Josephine Ho)
Sheung Mo Lam ... Lai Kai-joe
May Kwong ... May
Henry Fong ... Dad (as Fong Ping)

Hee Ching Paw ... Mom
Tats Lau ... Secret King (as Lau Yee Tat)
Hing-Yin Kam ... Captain
So Pik Wong ... May
Ben Lam ... Ben

Ricardo Mamood-Vega ... Peter (as Ricmamood)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brian Kinney ... Reporter
Kenji Tanigaki
Johnnie Guy ... Conference Chairman (uncredited)
Leon Head ... Flashback Hitman (uncredited)
Leo Ku ... (uncredited)

Jude Poyer ... Flashback Killer (uncredited)
David John Saunders ... Flashback Hitman 2 (uncredited)
Dave Taylor ... Flashback Killer 3 (uncredited)

Russell Wait ... Conference Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Corey Yuen  (as Cory Yuen)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jeffrey Lau 

Produced by
Bo-Chu Chui .... producer
 
Original Music by
Sam Kao 
Kenji Tan 
 
Cinematography by
Kwok-Man Keung 
 
Film Editing by
Ka-Fai Cheung 
 
Production Design by
Eddy Wong 
 
Costume Design by
Jessie Dai 
Chung Man Yee 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Lai .... director: second unit director: second unit
Kai Keung Lai .... first assistant director
Julie Siu Wai Lau .... assistant director
Wai-Si Ng .... assistant director (as Vivian Ng)
 
Art Department
Sung Pong Choo .... storyboarding
Fu Kei Tse .... props
Kar Yan Yip .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Henry Dobson .... dubbing supervisor: international versions
Chris Goodes .... sound editor
James Harvey .... sound editor
Chung Wai Leung .... sound
Francis Ward Lindsay .... sound editor
Robert Mackenzie .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Pirola .... sound re-recording mixer
Blair Slater .... foley mixer & editor
Doris Wang .... dubbing editor: mandarin
 
Visual Effects by
Roger Bolton .... digital compositor: Complete Post
Francis Fung .... visual effects editor
Harry Ching Wei Hung .... lighting and texture artist: Menfond Electronic Art
Laurence Lok .... digital compositor
Samuel Mok .... visual effects compositor
Kerri Schwarze .... visual effects producer: Complete Post
David Tso .... opening credit sequence
David Tso .... visual effects compositor
Waikit Wan .... visual effects
Peggy Wong .... visual effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Jianyong Gao .... stunt coordinator
Ming Qiu .... stunt double: Wei Zhao
Corey Yuen .... stunt coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Man Kit Chow .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Neil Wood .... colorist: dailies
 
Music Department
Wesley Tan .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Kwok-leung Lee .... continuity
Peggy Lee .... production controller
Chi-Kit Szeto .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Xi yang tian shi" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Closer" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive violence and a sexual conversation
Runtime:
UK:110 min | Poland:106 min (dvd release) | Argentina:111 min
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Goofs:
Continuity: The e-mail message changes; one line changes from "Give Lai a birthday kiss" to "Kiss Lai's ass for his birthday."See more »
Quotes:
Sue:[subtitled version] Don't forget the cake and candies I ordered from the Orchid Bakery.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in To Each His Own Cinema (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
They Long To Be (Close To You)See more »

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28 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
SO CLOSE - grand new update of girls-guns-and-kung fu, 18 October 2003
Author: Brian Camp from Bronx, NY

SO CLOSE (2002) is a high-tech action adventure from Hong Kong that revives the girls-guns-and-kung fu genre that once attracted fans to HK cinema from all over the world. This one is an update by director Corey Yuen of exactly the kind of films he used to make back in the day like YES, MADAM! (1985), with Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock, RIGHTING WRONGS (1986), with Rothrock, and SHE SHOOTS STRAIGHT (1990), with Joyce Godenzi and Carina Lau.

SO CLOSE is a little more pumped-up, with more beautiful female stars, more CGI and wire work, and a high tech veneer that permeates every aspect of the characters' lives. There are three main characters--all female and all played by top Hong Kong stars--Shu Qi (THE TRANSPORTER), Vicki Zhao Wei (SHAOLIN SOCCER), Karen Mok (BLACK MASK). The first two are absolutely stunning while Karen Mok opts for a no-nonsense, scrubbed-down, ready-for-action policewoman look--which is still damned attractive. The women get a lot to do here and are seen frequently in close-up. What more can fans of these actresses ask? Well, there is more. They also create strong, confident, vulnerable, emotionally-charged characters who interact a lot with each other. Shu Qi and Vicki play sisters, Lin and Sue, who hire out as a high-tech hit team to go after high-profile corporate criminal types. Karen plays the policewoman who takes it upon herself to go after the sisters, but also bonds with them and even offers a significant helping hand at one point.

That's pretty much all the plot you need to know, although there are plenty of subplots, including a burgeoning romance between Lin and a young man she once knew who's come back into her life. There are abundant flashbacks, achieved largely through digital video home movies, showing the two sisters as young girls playing with their parents, whose brutal murders (also seen in flashback) were engineered to steal the father's invention of World Panorama, a surveillance system with unlimited capacity. These murders propel the girls into their lives of crime--nd vengeance.

The high-tech aspects are particularly clever and imaginative. The sisters each carry a watch that can pretty much do everything (cell phone, surveillance camera, computer, detonator, etc.). At one point Sue is in a car chase through the streets of Hong Kong and dials Lin on her headset for help. Lin uses a surveillance satellite to track Sue and keep her away from the pursuing police cars, all while she herself is using two automatic pistols to ward off a raid on her house by a team of assassins. Later, during the final raid, the two opposing sides use different tricks to fool the other side with manipulated surveillance camera coverage.

Do the action scenes deliver? Yes, they do. Granted, the actresses are not fighters and have to rely on stunt doubles, quick cuts and wire work, but they pull it off (certainly better than the girls in the CHARLIE'S ANGELS films do). Is the action far-fetched? Yes, but it will have you smiling and cheering, not groaning. These girls are the good guys and you care about them and want them to triumph.

Kung fu fans will welcome the presence of Yasuaki Kurata as one of the villains. This Japanese star has been in Hong Kong films for over 30 years (including SHAOLIN CHALLENGES NINJA and FIST OF LEGEND) and he's still going strong.

The film is best appreciated in its Mandarin-language version, in which you get to hear Shu Qi and Vicki speaking in sync-sound in their own voices.

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