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Sparrow (2008)

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


Johnnie To


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


A gang of pickpockets roam the streets of Hong Kong.

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Free as a Bird...


Drama | Romance


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The title, Man jeuk which means Sparrow in Cantonese, is a slang for pickpockets who are very good at their job. See more »


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Light plot. Nice images. Credible, complete? No
26 June 2008 | by odeo-1See all my reviews

Thives with razors on their tongue, seemingly interesting characters. No credibility. I was reminded at all times that I was watching a movie. The lack of presence in characters and looseness between the scenes made me awfully aware about the acting. This is some times the case when a director makes something for himself and comes blind to his own work. He forgets to tell the audience the stories of the characters. Maybe he forgot the stories in his head. One is left to wander from image to image, carefully chosen pieces of Hong Kong city scape. Clever tricks and beautiful images though aren't enough to make the movie complete. Three years in making and it shows. Where is the focus? Scenes are loose and connection between feels like shorts put together without adding up or building anything. Johnnie To achieved a cool style but forgot the characters. I like fun light movies but with no connection to the characters and story, the movie left me numb. The Finale comes out of nowhere. The build is a joke.

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Hong Kong


Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

19 June 2008 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

文雀 See more »

Filming Locations:

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China See more »


Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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