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A friendship is formed between an ex-gangster, and two groups of hitmen - those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him.

Director:

Johnnie To

Writers:

Kam-Yuen Szeto (as Szeto Kam Yuen), Tin-Shing Yip (as Yip Tin Shing)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Blaze (as Anthony Wong)
Francis Ng ... Tai
Simon Yam ... Boss Fay
Nick Cheung ... Wo
Richie Jen ... Sergeant Chen
Roy Cheung ... Cat
Josie Ho ... Jin
Suet Lam ... Fat (as Lam Suet)
Ka Tung Lam ... Boss Keung (as Lam Ka Tung)
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Jeff (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Ellen Chan ... Hooker
Bing-Man Tam ... Uncle Fortune (as Tam Ping Man)
Shiu Hung Hui ... Sergeant Shan (as Hui Siu Hung)
Ronald Yan Ronald Yan ... Underground Doctor
Wah Wo Wong Wah Wo Wong ... Sergeant Shan's driver (as Wong Wah Wo)
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Storyline

The time is 1998. The setting is Macau. Every living soul jumps at every chance to make quick money before the Portuguese colony ushers in a new era under the Chinese rule. For the jaded hit men, they wonder where this journey will end. Against this backdrop come two hit men from Hong Kong sent to take out a renegade member trying to turn over a new leaf with his wife and newborn baby. They soon find themselves in the throes of a dilemma when two of their former associates also show up, intent on thwarting them at every cost. Written by HKFlix

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Leaving it all behind... See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

19 October 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Exiled See more »

Filming Locations:

Macau, China

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Box Office

Budget:

HKD 35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,351, 31 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$49,413, 16 September 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The hotel the characters return to numerous times, and where also the final showdown takes place, was in fact a completely roof-less set built on top of the Milkyway Image (the film's production company) building. Scenes taking place in the hotel were then filmed at night, resulting in an impressive ambient lighting. See more »

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The version shown in US theaters in 2007 includes a subtitle reading "He took the wrap for me". It should be "rap". See more »

Alternate Versions

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Soundtracks

CAMILLE
Co-composed, Arranged, Orchestrated and Recorded by Guy Zerafa and Dave Klotz
From the recording entitled 'Azul'
Performed and Composed by Diego Marulanda
2000
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As finely tuned as a Swiss watch
26 December 2006 | by mcnallySee all my reviews

I saw this film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Among lovers of Hong Kong cinema, Johnnie To is legendary. He had three films showing in this year's festival (Election (2005) and Election 2 (2006) screened together, as well as this film) and this was my first experience seeing one of his films. I'll be seeking out some others. Exiled is an incredibly well- constructed film. It's like a Swiss watch, with every scene precisely set up and choreographed and nothing wasted. To has created a self-contained world and set his characters loose in it. Set just around the time of Macau's reversion to the Chinese government, it concerns a group of hit men who come together when their boss orders a hit on one of them. Two pairs of men arrive at the target's new home. The first to warn him, the second to kill him. After a kinetic set piece involving three shooters, precisely 18 bullets, and the target's wife and infant son, the group ends up helping still-alive Wo move furniture into his new place, before settling down to eat.

The mixture of action, comedy, and sentiment is probably a staple of Hong Kong gangster films, but I found it fresh. The plot continues when the assassins agree to give Wo some time to carry out one last job to make some cash for his soon to be widowed wife and orphaned child. Things don't go as planned, however, and the film bumps along from set piece to set piece until an inevitable but satisfying end. Each choreographed set piece is set up in such a way as to heighten the anticipation, and you almost don't mind that none of these trained killers seems to be a very good shot. It's enough that they're all ludicrously macho, swilling scotch from the bottle and smoking as they fire bullets at each other.

Seeing this one on the big screen is a must, just for the sound. The musical score, by Canadian Guy Zerafa, veered between James Bond and spaghetti westerns, with a bit of mournful harmonica thrown in. It worked perfectly, as did the fact that the viewer can hear every single shell casing hit the ground throughout the film. Even the gunshots themselves seemed different from those in American films, with less blast and more metallic sounds. It certainly helped create atmosphere. While this and the choreographed gunplay never let you forget you're watching a created thing rather than any semblance of reality, that actually made me more appreciative of the creator. He's certainly created another Johnnie To fan.


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