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Xi yang tian shi (2002)

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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 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 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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Looks ni damasareru na [Japan] See more »


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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Near the end of the movie, when Sue infiltrates the building, she destroys all elevators. However, when Hong comes to join forces with her, Hong gets all the way to the floor where Sue is very quickly. See more »

Quotes

Sue: [subtitled version] Don't forget the cake and candies I ordered from the Orchid Bakery.
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You
Written by Karen Mok
Performed by Karen Mok
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Taiwan) Ltd.
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Nothing original but still quite fun with some good fights and touches
8 February 2004 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Lynn and Sue are sisters whose father developed a cutting edge global surveillance tool before he and his wife were murdered for it. As a result of this the sisters became hired killers, with Lynn doing the killing and Sue guiding and advising remotely. When they complete a major job it leads to two events - firstly, their employer looks to silence them by killing them, and second, a driven cop, Hong, picks up their trail and begins to hunt them down.

As many of the audience for this film likely were, I was attracted to this film by the beautiful women on the dvd cover just as much as I was by the promise of martial arts action. The plot starts out as the standard thing with hired killers and `tough cops who are out to get them but also admire/relate to them', so nothing new there. Meanwhile the action is good but it will be standard fare for HK fans (in fact, for most of the world now thanks to Hollywood embracing it's style), although, having said that it is still entertaining even if I always find the very unnatural looking wire work to be a bit offputting.

The opening scene, where Lynn expertly moves through an office block to the strains of `why do birds etc' easily marks out the style of the film (not original, but fun) and the fights are good and have a good dramatic sense to them. The plot may well be seen elsewhere but it still has good touches and twists that will come as a surprise to many despite the familiarity of the plot basics. The cast are pretty good. The two lead actresses, Qi and Zhao, both play their roles with confidence and, needless to say, they are both very easy on the eye (and then some!). Mok is pretty but looks ugly next to these two - however she has a good character and has a fun, tough attitude. The support cast are evil bad guys and comedy sidekick cops, they all do what they are supposed to do, but to be honest the focus is always going to be the main women.

Overall, this film is not anything original or special but it is still quite good fun with plenty of stylish action. The plot has just enough going for it to carry it off, while the leads' good looks and appealing characters are a draw in themselves. Fans of the genre should enjoy it even if it doesn't stand out.


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