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So Close (2002) More at IMDbPro »Xi yang tian shi (original title)

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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:
Looks can be deceiving. See more »
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 »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Why do Birds of Prey suddenly appear... 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)
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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
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:
Revealing mistakes: When Hong entered the building to help Sue near the end, she shot two times but killed three security guards.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:
I Will Be FineSee more »

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25 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Why do Birds of Prey suddenly appear..., 8 February 2005
Author: sarastro7

"So Close" is a terribly unremarkable and uncharismatic title for a movie that should have been called, simply, "Sexy Action Chicks!". There's a lot of cool action and style, mostly to do with wire-aided martial arts and the three immensely appealing leading ladies, who were obviously having fun doing this. So if you like Asian action and kick-ass heroines, this is a must-see.

The premise with two girls being an action team, one a computer whiz and the other a field agent, is extremely similar to the comic book "Birds of Prey", which was also a short-lived (but abominably bad) TV series recently. Being martial arts assassins, the characters can also be compared with other comic book action chicks like Elektra or Lady Shiva, or, for that matter, Danger Girl. This movie seems very comics inspired.

Unfortunately, there is also some bad news: the story is pretty awful. In fact, you hardly notice it. The film-makers almost appear to have forgotten about it. Once again Asian producers do not realize the importance of having a proper plot. This is formulaic assassin/police/revenge clichés ad nauseam, with nothing even remotely original or surprising. One of the girls has a crush on the female police officer, and while that's sure-fire fodder for male fantasies, it's also gratuitously voyeuristic. Oh well, peace be with that - I admit I enjoyed it! Also, this was the first time I saw Karen Mok (outside of cameos), and she made a great impression. She's not drop-dead gorgeous, but she makes what she has go a long way! And she's a very sympathetic kind of person.

The CG effects were a little grating, esp. all the smashing glass. You'd think it would have been cheaper to just use real glass - but I guess they didn't wanna clean up afterward! Some of the other effects, like the elevators and many of the shots of the office building, were very well made.

I would have liked to rate this movie very highly, but at the end of the day it doesn't have much substance. It does however have beautiful women, some cool fight scenes, and great style. The entertainment value is definitely not bad, but I can't rate it higher than a 7 out of 10.

(Edit: Actually, yes I can! In hindsight I think it has enough intriguing elements, also story-wise, to warrant an 8 rating, and that is what I have now revised my rating to.)

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