When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a ... See full summary »
Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.
A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Macau, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia.
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong,
A corrupt cop named Sam handles negotiations between two Triad leaders who plan to join forces. However, he meets a suspicious bald man named Tony, who keeps following him around and disrupting his personal business.
Ching Wan Lau,
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung,
"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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