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Exiled (2006)

Fong juk (original title)
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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 ... Underground Doctor
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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Taglines:

Leaving it all behind... See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The red car the gang steals and uses bears the license plate "MF 97 99". The two numbers refer to the two dates when Hong Kong (where the gang comes from) and Macao (where the film takes place) became Special Administrative Regions of China: respectively July 1st, 1997 and December 20th, 1999. See more »

Goofs

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

Hong Kong version was edited to avoid a CAT III rating. Removed was the scene where Boss Keung and Boss Fay shake hands - with their left hands. According to Hong Kong Film Censorship Authority this is a distinctive mark of the triads and therefore not suitable for youngsters. See more »

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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
Unpublished
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great visuals overcome confusing narrative
19 September 2009 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Good luck trying to make any kind of sense out of "Exiled," a largely incoherent Chinese mob drama that at least boasts exquisite photography by Cheng Siu-Keung and uber-stylish direction by Johnnie To to hook and enthrall us. In fact, so riveting are the movie's visuals that you won't even mind that you can't tell who's who without a program or figure out how any of the characters are related to one another in the context of the narrative. It all has something to do with a gang of assassins trying to protect one of their own from the very mob boss who has sent them on a mission to take the man out - but I'll be damned if I can explain anything more that happens in the movie.

Suffice it to say that with its meticulously composed, wide screen framing, its stylized action scenes - kind of a cross between Quentin Tarentino and Robert Rodriguez - its visual correlatives, and its dark, velvety colors, the movie makes it hard for us to tear our eyes off the screen for a single second.

Almost a textbook case of style triumphing over substance, "Exiled" is a true cineaste's delight. And hang the story.


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