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Original title: Fong Juk (放‧逐)
Country: Hong Kong
Year: 2006
IMDB Rating: 7.3 3918 votes

Brotherhood, honor, loyalty, assassination - which one is the strongest?

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 backdrop 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 was shown in Competition at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. It was also shown at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival, 2007 8th Jeonju International Film Festival and the 2007 Seattle International Film Festival.

  • Exiled was released in Hong Kong on October 19. The film, on opening weekend, grossed a total of HK$47,533. The film's total HK box-office take was $687,434.

  • It was later released in the United States with an R-rating by the MPAA 'for strong violence and some sexual content.' Following its limited released in the United States, Exiled grossed US$20,351 on opening weekend. The film's total gross was $49,413.

  • The film is currently one of the highest-rated limited-release films of 2006 on Rotten Tomatoes at 81%. Critics often made comparisons to the early spaghetti western pictures made by filmmakers such as Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah, hailing the film for its action sequences and dark humour. Newsweek Magazine even awarded the film at number 4 as one of 2007's 'Best Action Movie Scenes'.

  • The film was awarded a Category III rating (18+ restriction), particularly for one scene showing Simon Yam's character shaking hands with another gangster with their left hands turned around, making a triads agreement handshake. The scene is present on the Mega-Star uncut Limited Edition DVD. However, only the Category IIB cut version was released in Hong Kong theatrically.
  • Exiled contains one jarring cut, of a handshake between two characters. Reportedly, the cut was made because a triad handshake was going down between the characters, which Johnnie To has denied. The censors have taken issue, claming that a Category III-level handshake was occurring. To make everyone happy, the scene was trimmed, and the movie is now rated IIB.
Movie info
Language: Cantonese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 110

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Tags: Exiled, Fong Juk, 2006, Hong Kong movies, Action movies, Crime movies, Thriller movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

New York Times, by MATT ZOLLER SEITZ source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/31/movies/31exil.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
«"Exiled" is a tonic — a film that delivers all the visceral satisfactions of a super-macho action picture (close-quarters gun battles; slow-motion “Wild Bunch”-style side-by-side struts) and unabashedly sentimental depictions of loyalty and tenderness as well as plot twists that are surprising, often bizarre, yet feel just right.»
Los Angeles Daily News, by Bob Strauss source: http://www.la.com/movies/9621852.html
«While the spaghetti Western maestro's influence is unmistakable in "Exiled's" long-wait takes, cigar-chomping gunslingers and Mexican standoff compositions, To quickly incorporates all that into his own urban, kinetic and bloodily beautiful view of the underworld.»
LoveHKfilm, by Kozo source: http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/exiled.htm
«If one approaches Exiled as a fan of Hong Kong Cinema and Johnnie To in particular, then there's only one way to say it: Exiled rocks. The gunplay is exciting, the themes familiar and resonant, and the actors insanely charismatic, with most of them (save perhaps Simon Yam, who's pointedly over-the-top) adjusting their performances to the film's particular cadence. ... With Exiled, Johnnie To has given his faithful fans a gift, complete with bullet-ridded wrapping paper and bloodstained, personally-addressed card.»
Twitch, by Todd Brown source: http://twitchfilm.net/archives/007458.html
«Exiled is not a serious film in the way Election is a serious film. This is not To making a statement. This is To in full on entertainment mode and he succeeds mightily in that regard.»
A Nutshell Review, by Stefan S source: http://anutshellreview.blogspot.com/2006/10/exiled-fong-juk.html
«Unlike Election with its political undertones, Exiled in my opinion steered quite clear and is what it is, a good old fashioned HK triad picture with heavy focus on friendship and brotherhood.»
beyondhollywood.com, by Nix source: http://www.beyondhollywood.com/exiled-2006-movie-review/
«At this point in his career, To can put together a movie like “Exiled” over a weekend and not break a sweat. The man has done this type of film so many times, with the same characters (and heck, even actors), that it’s second nature. In that respect, is “Exiled” a great Johnnie To movie? No. But it’s a good Johnnie To movie, and considering the dreck coming out of Hong Kong in recent years, that’s saying a lot.»
Filmcritic.com, by Chris Cabin source: http://www.filmcritic.com/misc/emporium.nsf/reviews/Exiled
«Returning with many of the same actors and structured as a loose sequel of To's 1999 claim-to-fame The Mission, To has come full circle with his genre exercises, excessively placing dollops of humor and Western criticism throughout the banter and gunfights.»
Cinematical, by Scott Weinberg source: http://www.cinematical.com/2007/04/12/philly-ff-review-exiled/
«The formula seems to be: 20 minutes of talk followed by eight minutes of hyper-kinetic insanity -- and repeat three times. While certainly an entertaining enough romp through the world of bullet-defying tough guys, the movie could use perhaps 10% more action or 15% less chit-chat. It's a minor complaint, given the juicy stuff up on the screen, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't shift in my seat and check my watch once or twice.»
movieXclusive.com, by Justin Deimen source: http://www.moviexclusive.com/review/exiled/exiled.htm
«With the cacophony of chaos, the symphony of the score and the solemnest of silence, To pays tribute to the power of sound in his movie. His gun battles are so highly stylised and removed from reality that one can’t help but be spellbound by the graceful velocity of his camera’s movement and the visual gambits undertaken.»

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To, JohnnieTO Johnnie
SZETO Kam-Yuen
YIP Tin-Shing
Media Asia FilmsMedia Asia Films
Milky Way Image CompanyMilky Way Image Company
Newlink Development


Chau-Sang, Anthony WongCHAU-SANG Anthony Wong
as Blaze (as Anthony Wong)
Ng, FrancisNG Francis
as Tai
Yam, SimonYAM Simon
as Boss Fay
Cheung, NickCHEUNG Nick
as Wo
Ren, RichieREN Richie
as Sergeant Chen (as Richie Jen)
Cheung, RoyCHEUNG Roy
as Cat
Ho, JosieHO Josie
as Jin
Lam, SuetLAM Suet
as Fat (as Lam Suet)
Lam, Ka TungLAM Ka Tung
as Boss Keung (as Lam Ka Tung)
Cheung, Siu-FaiCHEUNG Siu-Fai
as Jeff (as Cheung Siu Fai)
CHAN Ellen
as Hooker
TAM Ping-Man
as Uncle Fortune (as Tam Ping Man)
Hui, Shiu HungHUI Shiu Hung
as Sergeant Shan (as Hui Siu Hung)
YAN Ronald
as Underground Doctor
as Darkie (as Wong Wah Wo)
as Jin (voice: English version)
HERSH Philip
as Tai (voice: English version)
HUNG Wai Leung
as Sergeant Shan's Partner (uncredited)

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