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Archive - 8th Five Flavours Film Festival

Exiled

Fong juk
Hong Kong 2006, 110’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Johnnie To
screenplay: Szeto Kam-yuen, Yip Tin-shing
cinematography: Cheng Siu-keung
editing: David M. Richardson
music: Dave Klotz, Guy Zerafa
cast: Anthony Wong Chau-sang, Francis Ng, Simon Yam, Nick Cheung, Lam Suet, Josie Ho
producer: Johnnie To
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Venice IFF – nominacja do Złotego Lwa / Gold Lion nomination; Golden Bauhinia Awards – najlepszy film, reżyseria / Best Film, Director; Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards – najlepsza reżyseria / Best Director; Golden Horse FF – najlepsza choreografia scen akcji / Best Action Scenes Choreography

Film description

A gangster film with a soul of a Western, set in Macao just before it came under Chinese jurisdiction. To gathers a bunch of his favourite actors to tell a story about honour, revenge, and the true male friendship. About the world in which law officers are intruders, and a man's fate depends on a toss of a coin.

Stylized shooting sequences are dazzling – the director develops the ideas from "The Mission," making the characters freeze in still poses, turning them into figures on the check board of life and death. "Exiled" is a spectacular, visually stunning work, a pure cinematic experience. It is a homage to the Westerns of Leone and Peckinpah, and at the same time their continuation.

Marcin Krasnowolski

Johnnie To

Born 1955. Director, screenwriter, producer, author of films belonging to many genres and styles, best known as the master of action cinema. Awarded at numerous festivals, a cult artist and a role model for filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, appreciated for combining sharp social observations with dynamic image and unconventional narration.

Selected filmography:

1980 Bik seoi hon saan dyut meng gam / The Enigmatic Case
1989 Ah-long dik gu si / All About Ah-long
1995 Mou mei san taam / Loving You
1998 Bohater nie umiera nigdy / Chan sam ying hung / A Hero Never Dies
2001 Chuen jik sat sau / Fulltime Killer
2003 Daai zek lou / Running on Karma
2005 Wybór mafii / Hak se wui / Election
2007 Psychodetektyw / San taam / Mad Detective
2012 Kartel / Du zhan / Drug War

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