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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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slow-paced and calm action movie
4 July 2003 | by roskakoriSee all my reviews

i saw this movie at local festival named "the art of enmity", playing several well-known hong kong flicks. those i already knew were the popular "bloods & guts & dance & fight" type. so i expected "the mission" to at best be an entertaining action movie with lots of stereotypes.

it turned out to be quite different, and i felt pleasantly surprised.

the basic plot is rather classic: 5 guys are hired to protect a triad boss, who is assaulted on a regular base.

the difference to other movies from this genre is that none of the 5 turns out to "the hero" (they work as a group), there are no ridiculous stunts, stupid over-reactions, or silly pride (they calmly do their job), and the main character is not the boss or his right hand (his bodyguards are).

of course there is some fighting and shooting, but with comparably small amounts of bullets and blood. the highlight is a scene in a mall, where the bodyguards and the assassins are only a few meters apart, and calmly wait for each other to make the first move. several minutes of people standing around and smooth music in the background - and yet, more tension than in any hollywoodesque thriller.

occasionally, there are small scents of humor (for example when they start a soccer match with a paper ball while waiting for their boss), but no "fun".

we often see the boring side of the work as a bodyguard: drinking coffee, watching surveillance cameras, walking circles, driving the wife shopping. these sequences are short enough to not bore the viewer, but long enough to make him feel glad not to be in their position.

on the negative side, i found that it took the movie unnecessary long to get going. there's not much interesting happening before the 5 get together. clearly, the movie is about their relationships among each other, and their behavior as a group. so the short introduction to the characters alone didn't really add much.

if you are just looking for yet-another-hong kong-flick, you will be disappointed. i myself am glad it didn't fulfill my expectations. 8 of 10.


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