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Genre: Action/Thriller
Starring: Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Nick Cheung, Richie Jen, Josie Ho, Simon Yam, Roy Cheung, Lam Suet, Lam Ka Tung
Director: Johnny To
Rating: M18 (Some violence and sexual scenes)
Year Made: 2006



- The Making Of
- Trailers



Languages: Chinese & Cantonese
Subtitles: Chinese & English
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 46 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




The time is 1998. The setting is Macau. Every living soul jumps at every chance to make quick money before the Portuguese colony ushers in a new era under the Chinese rule. For the jaded hit men, they wonder where this journey will end. Against this background of fin-de-siècle malaise come two hit men from Hong Kong sent to take out a renegade member trying to turn over a new leaf with his wife and newborn baby. They soon find themselves in the throes of a dilemma when two of their former associates also show up, intent on thwarting them at every cost.


Exiled started off with a heavy dose of false bravura (shoot-em-up style), but gradually the movie focused on the child-like sentimentality that motivated the five protagonists. It is an uncanny action black comedy with the singular take-home message: all hired killers must die; so at least die well, and die with friends.

With Exiled, Johnny To probably realized that he has nothing to prove to the audience in his chosen Hong Kong gangster genre. As such, he did the next best thing: which is to rehash his favorite cast members and set them free on a shooting spree. What an inspired move this proved to be. The acting was superb for each of the main characters, and Cheung Siu-Fai, Josie Ho, Wong Chi Wai and an unrecognizable Ellen Chan provided fine performances in limited roles. Even the linguistically-challenged Richie Ren seemed to be in character.

Moreover, while sticking to his guns (pun very intended) when it comes to the required action sequences, To did very well with some original Western-style music from Dave Klotz and Guy Zerafa. This movie is not going to blow you off your socks, but it should do fine.


There is a “The Making Of” segment where the cast and director talks about missed opportunities in life and what it means to be loyal. There is also footage of what went on behind the camera as the actors talk about their most memorable scenes. Included as well are trailers for A Battle of Wits, One Last Dance, Protégé and the movie itself.


I do not particularly like the sallow colors used in the film, and the visual transfer seemed to highlight the very pallid flavor of the movie. Thank goodness, though, for the language options. Cantonese is a must.



Review by Lim Mun Pong



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