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Protégé (2007)

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A special agent has for 8 years been deep undercover in Asia's lucrative organized crime trade as he plays protégé to one of the key players, Banker. Now, Nick has but he has started to feel loyalty to his new environment and to the money.

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Tung-Shing Yee (as Derek Yee)

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Tung-Shing Yee (as Derek Yee), Man Hong Lung (additional writing) (as Long Man Hong) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Lau ... Lin Quin
Daniel Wu ... Nick
Louis Koo ... Fan's Husband
Jingchu Zhang ... Fan (as Zhang Jing Chu)
Anita Yuen ... Quin's Wife
Nirut Sirichanya ... General Chachai (as Nirut Sirijanya)
Mei-tian He Mei-tian He ... Quin's Sister-in-law (as He Mei Tian)
Kai Chi Liu ... Head of Customs Officers (as Liu Kai Chi)
Cheong Cheung Cheong Cheung ... Drug Factory Helper (as Cheung Cheong)
Tung-Shing Yee ... Officer Miu Chi-wah (as Derek Yee)
Tak-Cheung Tang Tak-Cheung Tang ... Quin's Drug Chef (as Tang Tak)
Bo Yuen Bo Yuen ... Cal (as Yuen Po)
Tsz Tung Tsei Tsz Tung Tsei ... Fan's Daughter (as Tsei Tsz Tung)
Christina Tang Christina Tang ... Quin's Elder Daughter
Kylie Wong Kylie Wong ... Quin's Younger Daughter
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A special agent has for 8 years been deep undercover in Asia's lucrative organized crime trade as he plays protégé to one of the key players, Banker. Now, Nick has but he has started to feel loyalty to his new environment and to the money.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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It's just a matter of demand and supply.
17 September 2007 | by shu-fenSee all my reviews

Ordinary development, good research on today's drug-dealing, satisfactory (only) acting, a just so-so plot plus a perfunctorily didactic story, nevertheless, I still recommend this as a light Sunday afternoon amuse-bouche.

We are living in a world of mixed, confusing values. What is right? What is wrong? Lin Quin is an extremely careful businessman. He has a clean family and clean life (he doesn't even smoke, not to mention drug). He is very clear-minded to the point of having a frozen heart without much feeling for the others. He knows, very rationally, all the tricks and danger of drug and drug-dealing. He knows, super-sensibly, the wants and behaviour of the drug consumers. Trafficking drug to him is only a means of accumulating wealth regardless whether it is harmful or evil. He even makes an analogy between cigarette and drug. According to the world system and world values, he is correct: as there is a demand, I supply. As the buyers (drug users) get what they want and I get what (the money) I want, we are both happy. Isn't that the world we are living in? Nick's remark at the opening and closing of the film somehow is a futile didactic statement. "For long, I didn't understand why people take drug.... actually it's all because of emptiness (loneliness). And, which is more horrible? Loneliness or drug? I really can't tell." No philosophy class but loneliness kills more, for sure, more destructive than drugs.

What touches my heart is the ending. Nick promises to continue his duty as a special agent (undercover). When loneliness comes, he also intends to take drug but at last his salvation is brought by "innocence" (personified by Jane's little daughter) who dumps the syringe for him. Only when we come to purity and innocence, goodness and kindness can we have a way out from evil.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Thai

Release Date:

13 February 2007 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,764,129
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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