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So Close (2002)

Xi yang tian shi (original title)
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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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Corey Yuen (as Cory Yuen)

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Jeffrey Lau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Qi Shu ... Lynn
Wei Zhao ... Sue
Karen Mok ... Hong Yat Hong
Seung-heon Song ... Yen (as Song Seung Hun)
Yasuaki Kurata ... Master
Deric Wan ... Master (as Derek Wan)
Michael Wai Michael Wai ... Ma Siu Ma
Sau Sek ... Chow Lui
Ki Yan Lam ... Alice
Josie Ho ... Ching (as Josephine Ho)
Sheung Mo Lam Sheung Mo Lam ... Lai Kai-joe
May Kwong May Kwong ... May
Henry Fong ... Dad (as Fong Ping)
Hee Ching Paw ... Mom
Tats Lau ... Secret King (as Lau Yee Tat)
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Storyline

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 <christian_wong2002@yahoo.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive violence and a sexual conversation | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

A.D.2, Inc. [United States]

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

12 September 2002 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

So Close See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$186,098 (Hong Kong), 6 September 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,702, 14 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$76,584, 5 October 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Throughout the movie's fighting scenes Sue's boots keep changing from high-heeled to low-heels and back again. See more »

Quotes

Hong Yat Hong: [subtitled version] A gun is like a bird. If you don't grab it tightly enough, it flies away. If you grab it too tightly, it will die.
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Referenced in To Each His Own Cinema (2007) See more »

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Written by Karen Mok
Performed by Karen Mok
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And yet so far.
17 July 2003 | by padre_delmarSee all my reviews

This could have been awesome. And at times, it gets there. This is basically a Hong-Kong Charlie's Angels. Usually I avoid making statements like this, but it's hard not to since Charlie's Angels does seem to be a major point of reference. It is based around two young, attractive women with an expanse of gadgetry at there disposal, whose work gets in the way of their love life and who get to kick major ass. The only difference is that the women are hired assassins, rather than hired crime fighters. The film makers seem to openly acknowledge where they stole their ideas from, giving Lynn's character the codename of 'The Computer Angel'.

The plot is non-sensical, the script wooden and the characters basically huge cardboard cut-outs. But then, this is a Hong-Kong action movie after all, and the plot is really just an vague structure to link together the visually arresting action sequences. And the action sequences, on a whole, are very well executed. At times they stretch too far. They try and acheive the visual trickery of Charlie's Angels, The Matrix, Crouching Tiger et all, but, due to the smaller budget, don't always pull it off sucsessfully.

The idea of women rolling about in t-shirts and tiny shorts by day, and kicking ass by night, is either hugely empowering or deeply degrading to women everywhere, depending on which side of the fence you are on. And the plot development of the criminal and the police officer earning new respect for each other by joining forces seems to be the blueprint for all H-K action flicks.

At the end of the day, if you like your movies big, dumb and action packed, this is really good fun. It's just been done a lot better. The film does get one superlative though, gaining the title of "most blatant product placement ever".


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