Fong juk (Exiled) (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Exiled has non-stop action, tension and style -- making it an excellent summer action movie. Johnnie To brings beautiful scenery and camerawork to the film, enhancing the action even more.

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Acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Johnny To returns to the characters of his international success The Mission (aka Chueng Fo) with this action-packed thriller. It's 1998, and the Portuguese colony of Macau, a city along the Southern coast of China, is about to be handed over to Chinese authorities under a long-standing agreement. As the people of Macau ponder how their new leaders will deal with the criminal underground that's long been part of the city's support system, a pair of hit men from Hong Kong arrive in town to execute a gangster who has turned his back on the syndicate to make a new life for his wife and children. While the Chinese syndicate want to be sure he doesn't share anything he learned while in their employ, two strong-arm men also arrive in Macau, determined to see to the former gangster's safety. Starring Nick Cheung, Simon Yam and Francis Ng, Exiled received its world premiere at the 2006 Venice Film Festival.

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A simmering pot of blood and yucks, accented with guitar and harmonica on the soundtrack.

Nov 2, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The finale is a slow-motion tour de force that blends style, elegance and nuance of character in showers of blood.

Sep 14, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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Exiled is creative and bizarre, maybe too bizarre, but since most action films adhere to a cookie-cutter formula, its quirkiness is most welcome.

Sep 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

To packs the moments of contemplation with as much suspense as the action sequences and is a master of ratcheting up tension through small details.

Sep 7, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Johnnie To, the director, is highly respected in this genre, and I suppose he does it about as well as you'd want it to be done, unless you wanted acting and more coherence.

Sep 7, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This 2006 Hong Kong-produced gangster film by director Johnnie To, set in Macao, is an entertaining product that presents a powerful artistic vision.

Sep 7, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fong juk (Exiled)

the sequel to johnnie to's 'the mission' is like the bastard child of john woo and sergio leone, complete with it's own 'harmonica'. a bit thin on plot but with tons of style

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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Super-cool Hong Kong actioner about four hit-men who have a crisis of conscience aftre they are ordered by their ruthless boss to kill an ex-member of their gang who has decided to devote his life to his family. The story has heart, the action is stylishly violent and the cast are great. It all has a modern western feel to it all too. I wish it was longer, the film flew by very quickly.

Lee ?
Lee ?

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½

Nostalgia trip to early 80's Hong Kong John Woo stylised shootouts. Mimics the pacing with long sections of thoughtful pondering interspersed with frenetic gun-ballets. Fortunately keeps the acting and soundtrack histrionics to a minimum. Guilty pleasure.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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½

Exiled is a crime thriller follow up film to Johnnie To's own The Mission. This is long overdue.

This film is standalone and easy to pick up without having seen The Mission, however watching it is highly recommended. It isn't because the stories are continuous, although they are just a little, but because it is that d*** good of a film.

The story itself is straightforward, good, and while it isn't anything surprising, it is Johnnie To's directing that makes this picture as good as it is. The pacing is slow to moderate and the story does take a little bit of a dive in the middle. Once again, it is the spectacular cinematography and minimal dialogue that carry this film.

There are multiple shootouts and all have Johnnie To's signature all over them. The choreography is nicely done and the camera work just enhances them even more.

Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Roy Cheung, and Lam Suet all reprise their roles as the 4 hitmen from The Mission. Nick Cheung, Josie Ho, Richie Ren, Simon Yam, Ka Tung Lam, and Ellen Chan all round out the star studded supporting cast.

Exiled comes highly recommended to fans of The Mission. People that enjoy Hong Kong crime thrillers will also want to see this.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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