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Fong juk (Exiled) Reviews

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½ July 9, 2018
Johnnie To's gangster action film is colorful, violent and fun.
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½ January 3, 2017
Featuring some of the best cinematography and choreography in the past decade, EXILED is visual satisfaction at its finest. Johnnie To's gangster actioner includes a fun story that, with its hyperrealistic style, is brooding, tense, emotional, and entertaining. People withstand plethoras of wounds and live to laugh about it, policemen are useless, and protagonists are gangsters. The result? An ideal plot for sustaining gorgeously crafted scenes of bullet and bloodshed ballets - beautiful from the slow-motion photography to the hard and precise lighting to the variety of different and constantly-interesting color palettes.

The exquisite and warm production design brings 1998 Macau - a Portuguese colony in Southeast China about an hour boat ride from Hong Kong - to life. It allows Cheng Siu- Keung - To's reliable and excellent DP - to design shadows and balance the dark atmosphere with evocative lighting setups in order to consistently emphasize danger and insurmountability for the protagonists. Anthony Wong leads a great cast with his subtle and imposing presence, complemented by Francis Ng's staccato outbursts and feisty demeanor, and offset by Simon Yam's fun and villainous role as a Triad boss. To top it off, Canadian composer Guy Zerafa provides a score filled with stringy and metallic guitar riffs that intricately builds the tension and results for an even more stylized experience.

With actors who are suave, fitting, and flat-out cool, combined with the experienced technical team at Milky Way Images helping to realize the eloquent vision of their prolific director, EXILED is a fantastic action film where To's signature touch is unmistakable.
May 13, 2015
This is a really good Chinese gangster film.
May 13, 2014
Tons of gun fights..tons of style...Loved it..
½ May 10, 2014
A stylish gangsta movie with complete soul of harmony en lighted by the background music and mindlessly splashing blood
March 14, 2014
Johnnie To out did himself with this masterful gun play ballet! The dark humor combined with heavy theme's of brotherhood and loyalty, the stylized, gangster on gangster violence equals pure movie magic!
½ January 3, 2014
Spaghetti western meets Asian mafia. Tons of lead flies in this action movie, but the violence is accented by vibrant colors and an almost ballet-like choreography. This reminds me of a Tarantino movie, which I consider to be high praise. A little slow at points, and sometimes a little of target as well, but overall quite entertaining.
½ August 17, 2013
Director Johnnie To still can manage to keep his Old School Spirit so he didn't kill the "A" Class Cast potential and save the empty plot.Hands Down!
½ July 28, 2013
if you know what you're getting into, johnnie to's action sequences are quite a treat--methodical, intense build followed by a slowed-down, well-choreographed ballet of blood and gunfire, a nice blend of style and visceral thrill. suspend your preconditioned perceptions of what a state of the art action movie is for a while and enjoy.
June 27, 2013
Two men are sent to kill him. Two men are there to save him. Five childhood friends team up to perform a big heist to set the target's wife and newborn child for life. What ensues is a violent yet poignant tale of honor, friendship, and duty. There isn't a lot of room for character development or acting, but the chemistry between the actors is fantastic and the frenetic ballet of bloodshed and bullets recalls classic John Woo. Exiled is one of Johnnie To's best films, and an excellent addition to the crime thriller genre.
June 18, 2013
Action films have a tendency to become all style, no substance. most action movies have horrible storylines, but yet have great special FX. this is not the case with Exiled. this film has great action sequences, but also has a wonderful story. some scenes are so intense you will catch yourself tending up. the characters are extremely well developed, and you care for them. the director, Johnnie To, is like the Quentin Tarantino of Hong Kong cinema, but less violent. By the end of this movie, you will have another favorite director. I highly recommend exiled. if you want to see a good action movie that has a story you will care about, then watch Exiled
March 24, 2013
To is a good director, "Exiled" is not a good film.

I've recently seen Johnnie To's 2009 film "Vengeance," to which I claimed is the film I have always wanted to make. "Exiled," a film made three years before that film, is another example of To's directing prowess, but it's a film that lacks a decent script, acting, and coherence.
The single redeeming factor in "Exiled" are its highly stylized and violent gun battles. These scenes are well choreographed and could easily give "The Matrix's" Watchoski brothers a run for their money. While gun shots ring out at an alarming rate: smoke envelops the scene with a dense fog , our heroes (unlike in most films) are shot up as often as then villains, and waves of tapestries and blood spatter fill the screen. Everything is in slow motion, so we can see the art in the violence depicted in front of us.
Its plot, if you can even call it that, involves the changing of power in an area of Southern China where organized crime runs rampant. Our heroes are caught in the middle of a power struggle and are forced to take sides. They are hit men who love to look cool in sunglasses no matter the occasion. They are led by a wise middle aged man played by Anthony Wong who tries his hardest with a weak script. The hitmen's plans go awry and they find themselves exiled from their old lives. If and when their boss sees them again, he will kill them. Near the middle end of the film we end up looking at a new film were our characters are stranded and end up hunting for gold. They find two tons worth and attempt to use it to their advantage.
The film is an homage to the Spaghetti Western. But I have to ask, is paying tribute to a style of film enough for a movie to be considered good? "Django Unchained" a film Quentin Tarantino also payed homage to the same genre, but it left room for complicated things like powerhouse performances, an award winning script, and a film that dared to re-push the buttons on the ever prevalent (but rarely talked about) race issue in America. Is "Exiled" making commentary about the issues between the Portuguese and Chinese in the city of Macau? Are they saying anything about organized crime's grip on the people? I see that the writers think cops are weak individuals, so why not go into that?
In most scenes, every actor is too busy staring into the distance to look as cool as possible. There are one too many long winded scenes that should have chopped up and tightened in the editing room. No human stares at a coin for ten seconds before he flips it, he flips because you he's trying to make a hasty decision. The dialogue moves at too slow of a pace and often makes you wonder if its worth trudging through the rest of the film in hopes of another satiating gun battle. It isn't.

Grade: F (A greatly directed failure nevertheless)
½ March 21, 2013
Cool gunfights is one thing, but the way you show it on the screen is another. The composition of the shots and the rhythmic montage of the gunfights really stand out above the rest of the film. The plot and the characters are banal and empty.
March 1, 2013
Great flick with a lot of genuine ideas. The casting stars the most used actors by Johnnie To (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang and Suet Lam) in a very insight full way. I would say a must from To's repertoire.
February 10, 2013
Simultaneously elegant and ultra-violent action scenes frame this visceral and stylish film about brotherhood and honor. Think 'modern-day Hong Kong western'.
January 15, 2013
A modern tale of gangland dealings in Macau. The story is beautifully set up throughout for the set piece at the end. A twist on a western which plays to all the right senses, this is a must see, where pace, characters, setting, action are all included alongside a wonderfully atmospheric score.
½ December 20, 2012
Awesome shootouts with style.
½ November 25, 2012
Something of a cool mess "Exiled" is director Johnnie To's highly anticipated reunion with the principle cast (Francis Ng, Anthony Wong, Roy Cheung, Lam Suet) from 1999's "The Mission." The net result is a bloated bag of poor decisions: "Exiled" mixes strong performances with pretentious passages of direction (not unlike To's own slightly superior "A Hero Never Dies"). The script is basically in deference to the Old West set in modern day Macau and is fun for a while but when To ultimately fails to do much with it you begin to wonder if supporting the industry on its shoulders has finally taken a toll on the scriptwriters at Milkyway Image.
September 8, 2012
Perfect mix of western, heroic bloodshed and heist. Awesome cast and directing.
½ August 2, 2012
Probably the most intriguing opening of a movie thats possible . This movie is a real blast ..not many directors of the world could do it . I would never forget the spectacular gunfights ..
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