The Mission

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Boss Lung (Ko Hung) knows that someone in the Hong Kong Triad wants him dead. After a botched assassination nearly takes his life, he orders his right-hand man to recruit a group of expert bodyguards (Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Roy Cheung, Lam Suet, Jackie Lui) to protect him from any further attacks. The hired gunmen quickly form a brotherhood, but their loyalty is tested when Lung discovers that one of them is having an affair with his wife, and he orders the others to kill him.

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Audience Reviews for The Mission

  • Mar 06, 2011
    I like Johnnie To films, he knows how to entertain. And this film is no exception as five disparate men become bodyguards for a Hong Kong Triad boss threatened by an unknown enemy. Cue male bonding and elaborate gun battles and a cute game of scrumpled-paper football. The plot is nothing you haven't seen before, but it's a fun ride.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2008
    intriguing Johnny To fare...filled with tension, great cam work and gun play...first rate acting..simple sotry done well...
    alan j Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2007
    If there is a Hong Kong crime thriller to remember, it is Johnnie To's <i>The Mission</i>.<p>Running a brief 80+ minutes, it turns out that is enough time to deliver a solid story, complete with excellent characters and properly inserted action sequences. The dialogue is light, which plays in with the film's style, which tends to be a little film noir-ish at times. Initially, the background music comes across as "cheesy", even with the fantastically written opening segment, but it ends up fitting in as the film progresses.</p><p>The action scenes, along with most of the picture in general, is carried by great cinematography, leading to some visually stunning and memorable shooting pieces.</p><p>Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Roy Cheung, Lam Suet, and Jackie Lui make up the 5 major leads. These 5 alone make this film recommendable in its own right.</p><p><i>The Mission</i> is a well oiled machine and a crime thriller worth the watch.</p>
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2007
    I've yet to see a Johnny To film that I haven't really liked and this is no exception. It seems To is at the top of his game when dealing with crime stories, and the honour and dishonour amongst thieves. A great cast (who I also loved in Exiled) and a good script that veers into a unexpected conclusion from the first 75% of the film make this a worthy addition in To's excellent filmography. You can also see how To has grown as a filmmaker since this film, he uses cinematography much more and it seems his films are stylishly more individualistic now, but his characters are still the same, and that's a great thing.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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