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Sparrow (2008)

Man jeuk (original title)
A gang of pickpockets roam the streets of Hong Kong.

Director:

Johnnie To

Writers:

Kin Chung Chan (as Chan Kin Chung), Chi Keung Fung (as Fung Chih Chiang)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Yam ... Kei
Kelly Lin ... Chung Chun Lei
Ka Tung Lam ... Bo (as Lam Ka Tung)
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Mr. Fu Kim-tong (as Lo Hoi Pang)
Wing-Cheong Law Wing-Cheong Law ... Sak
Moon-Yuen Cheung ... Mac (as Kenneth Cheung)
Suet Lam ... Lung (as Lam Suet)
Chun-Shun Lo Chun-Shun Lo ... Mr. Fu's Henchman (as Lo Chun Shun)
Jonathan Yat-Sing Lee ... Boy in Cap (as Jonathan Lee)
Jackson Ha Jackson Ha ... Mr. Fu's Bodyguard
Jeff Cheung Jeff Cheung ... Mr. Fu's Bodyguard
Wai Leung Hung Wai Leung Hung ... Policeman (as Hung Wai Leung)
Yee-Yee Yeung Yee-Yee Yeung ... (as Yeung Yee Yee)
Chiang Lo Chiang Lo ... Old Pickpocket (as Lo Hau Keung)
Chi Ping Chang ... Old Pickpocket (as Cheung Chi Ping)
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Storyline

A gang of pickpockets roam the streets of Hong Kong.

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Free as a Bird...

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

19 June 2008 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Sparrow See more »

Filming Locations:

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,547,972
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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It took 3 years to shoot the film. See more »

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A sparrow can only fly so high...
1 January 2016 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

"Sparrow" was a fairly mediocre movie by the usual Johnnie To standards. While that is said, then the movie is interesting enough, but just didn't manage to rise beyond mediocrity.

With Simon Lam and Lam Ka Tung on the billed cast list, it was hard not to be thrilled about this Johnnie To movie. And while they performed quite well, they were severely limited by the storyline and script.

The story is about a gang of pickpockets prowling the busy streets of Hong Kong, whom are all trailing after a mysterious and alluring woman.

I will say that the storyline was fairly shallow and limiting to the entire movie. But there were some nice moments and turns in the story along the way. But the overall result wasn't particularly impressive.

Visually then "Sparrow" does offer some nice things and the camera-work in the movie was quite good and interesting.

"Sparrow" is quite a different movie compared to the many others coming out of Hong Kong cinema, and I do enjoy Asian cinema quite a lot. And, of course, director Johnnie To can't be hitting gold every time he directs a movie, and "Sparrow" was, in my opinion, a swing and a miss.


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