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The Sniper (2009)

Sun cheung sau (original title)
A police sniper teams up with a hot-headed rookie to take down his former friend and teammate, who is exacting revenge on the police force.

Director:

Dante Lam

Writers:

Wai Lun Ng, Dante Lam (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richie Jen ... Hartman (Fang Keming) (as Richie Ren)
Xiaoming Huang ... Lincoln (Jing / Ching)
Edison Chen ... OJ (Chen Xinwei)
Bowie Lam ... Shane (Shan Ge)
Kai Chi Liu ... Big Head (Er Ge)
Jack Kao ... Tao
Wilfred Lau Wilfred Lau ... Iceman
Mango Wong Mango Wong ... Crystal
Michelle Ye ... Mon
Charmaine Fong ... Kit
Patrick Tang Patrick Tang ... Chung
Lawrence Ah Mon Lawrence Ah Mon ... Superintendent
Yuen-Leung Poon Yuen-Leung Poon ... Superintendent
Chi-Sing Cheung ... Superintendent
Wei Tung ... OJ's Father
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Storyline

A police sniper teams up with a hot-headed rookie to take down his former friend and teammate, who is exacting revenge on the police force.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They are the crème de la crème. They can lock a target from 500m away. See more »


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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Hokkien

Release Date:

9 April 2009 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sniper See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

HKD30,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$329,945
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Delayed theatrical release due to the Edison Chen photo scandal. See more »

Goofs

At first, the police dispatch says on the radio "India-November 995" (IN995), however that suspect vehicle's plate is LN995. See more »

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The Godly Gunslingers...
8 November 2011 | by loogenhausenSee all my reviews

The Sniper is not going to reinvent the wheel, but it does approach its plot with a certain snazz that you just can't help but smile at. The basic thrust of the film is that a Hong Kong police sniper team have just recruited a new hotshot shooter (Edison Chen) who is shaping up to be just as good as their last top shooter. Turns out, that last guy (Xiaoming Huang) went to prison for head-shotting a hostage during a cluster. Now he's out of prison and decides to go rogue. Uh-oh. Needless to say, the sniper scenes (both the action and training ones) are very cool. The rest? Not so much. One of the good guy snipers has a sub plot about his suicidal wife that goes absolutely nowhere. The villains of the film have nothing to do but serve as devices for the rogue sniper's plot arc. They could have been more important to the story and still have co-existed with Huang's character. Aside from the young hotshot and two other snipers (including Richie Ren as the team leader), the rest of the team remains virtually silent and unknown. They have cool code names like Forest King, Iceman and Rabbit - but no back story or anything memorable about them whatsoever. Again, The Sniper isn't doing anything new, but what it does do is entertaining enough to enjoy it. The English translation of the original title is Godly Gunslingers. How cool is that? Makes a nice double feature with Tom Berenger and Billy Zane's Sniper.


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