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The Mission (1999)

Cheung foh (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 19 November 1999 (Hong Kong)
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.

Director:

Johnnie To

Writer:

Nai-Hoi Yau (as Yau Nai Hoi)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Curtis (as Anthony Wong)
Francis Ng ... Roy (as Francis Wong)
Jackie Chung-yin Lui ... Shin (as Jackie Lui)
Roy Cheung ... Mike
Suet Lam ... James (as Lam Suet)
Simon Yam ... Frank
Tian-Lin Wang ... Fat Chung (as Wong Tin Lan)
Eddy Ko ... Lung (as Ko Hung)
Elaine Eca Da Silva ... Mrs. Lung
Keiji Sato ... Assassin (as Sato Keiji)
Wai Al ... Cop (as Ai Wai)
Man Shing Yau Man Shing Yau ... Scared Bodyguard (as Yau Man Shing)
Cub Chin Cub Chin ... Hoi
Paco Yick Paco Yick ... Assassin (as Tin Hung Yick)
Jerome Fung Jerome Fung ... Cop
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Storyline

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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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

19 November 1999 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The mission See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

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

Lung: Get any cash?
Frank: Tens of thousands that's a certainty.
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Referenced in Fulltime Killer (2001) See more »

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Slick
13 February 2001 | by KarfooSee all my reviews

Having sworn to never watch Hong Kong films, save those by Wong Kar Wei, the only reason I saw this film was the good reviews it received from the Hong Kong Film Critic Society. And I must admit it was a most pleasant surprise.

The film is a slick and well packaged story of five strangers in gangland coming together to get a job done, namely that of keeping a triad boss alive. The characters, while still stereotyped to a certain extent, are not the usually uncontrolled triad powermongers that are often portrayed in other less palatable fare. These people are professionals, and they knew how to get a job done. Faced with a sniper, none of them panic, and each of them know exactly what to do. The scene in the mall was tightly controlled and well orchestrated, with minimal movement and gun fire adding more to the tension then any hail of bullets can.

The direction of Johnnie To evokes images of films by John Woo, whose scenes of gun fights have always, in my opinion, verged on poetry in motion. To's characters are restrained, while the same degree of subtlety is employed with the plot. The audience, in my opinion an often mindless group who are unwilling to think and must be spoon fed every little detail, are left to find meanings and hints in little gestures.

The film also reminds me of Things To Do In Dallas, When You Are Dead. Five strangers, called together to serve a mob boss who is past his prime. And again, there is conflict among members of this special 'team'.

In the end, aside from a less than believable plot line, The Mission scores high on its entertainment value, both in its visual style and delivery.


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