Sparrow, The
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Sparrow, The

General info
Original title: Man Jeuk (文雀)
Country: Hong Kong
Year: 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance
IMDB Rating: 6.7 1280 votes
Plot: Kei is an experienced “sparrow” (Hong Kong slang for pickpocket) who spends his free time taking photos. One day, his lens captures the beautiful Chun Lei and Kei is mesmerized. However, Chun Lei has a mysterious past, and soon reveals her true intentions.
  • Sparrow has been selected in competition at the 58th Berlin Film Festival, premiering worldwide during the festival in february 2008.
  • Director Johnnie To shot the film in Hong Kong over a three-year period (2005-2008).

Movie info
Language: Cantonese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 87

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Tags: Sparrow, Man Jeuk, 2008, Hong Kong movies, Drama movies, Romance movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

Sparrow, The
LoveHKfilm, by Kozo source:
«Gorgeous, clever cinema that never surpasses its style to say much more. The locations, music, and playful atmosphere are enough to please Johnnie To's fans - though perhaps not the group that want Exiled each and every time. It's Johnnie To, so it's worth watching.»
Twitch, by Todd Brown source:
«Beautifully shot and remarkably light on dialogue, Sparrow is a film that relies heavily on rhythm and flow. ... It is a film as light and effortless as Exiled is kinetic, a film that balances Mad Detective’s delusions with a sort of grace.», by Richard Lim Jr source:
«Sparrow is a simple story that ultimately relies on the story teller, the soundtracks and cinematic angles to create atmospheric medium to fall in love with. ... Captivatingly Bohemian-ish with a tinge of noir, Sparrow might just steal your heart.»
Variety, by Derek Elley source:
«Yam’s easy charm holds the pic together, and supports are are all solid, with Lam standing out among the sparrows and the Mandarin-speaking Lin fine as the skittish but crafty Chun-lei. »
Hollywood Reporter, by Maggie Lee source:
«"Sparrow" is steeped in nostalgia for a world of honor and gallantry like in John Woo's "Once a Thief" or Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief." Most of all, it is a homage to the most colorful film-set in Hong Kong cinema -- Hong Kong itself.»
eFilmCritic, by Jay Seaver source:
«As befits a movie that was shot in pieces over time, "Sparrow" is often more impressive in pieces than as a whole, but many of those pieces are exquisite. It makes me curious to see what To would do with a musical, and (long-term) what his recent talk of shooting a movie in pieces over ten years might lead to.»

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To, JohnnieTO Johnnie
CHAN Kin Chung
FUNG Chi Keung
Universe Entertainment
Milky Way Image CompanyMilky Way Image Company
Newlink Development


Yam, SimonYAM Simon
as Kei
Lin, KellyLIN Kelly
as Chung Chun Lei
Lam, Ka TungLAM Ka Tung
as Bo (as Lam Ka Tung)
Lo, Hoi-PangLO Hoi-Pang
as Mr. Fu Kim Tong (as Lo Hoi Pang)
Law, Wing-CheongLAW Wing-Cheong
as Sak (as Law Wing Cheong)
Cheung, KennethCHEUNG Kenneth
as Mac
Lam, SuetLAM Suet
as Lung (as Lam Suet)
Lo, Chun-ShunLO Chun-Shun
as Mr. Fu's Henchman (as Lo Chun Shun)
Lee, JonathanLEE Jonathan
as Boy in Cap
HA Jackson
as (as Jeff Cheung)
HUNG Wai Leung
as Policeman (as Hung Wai Leung)
as (as Yeung Yee Yee)
LAW Keung
as Old Pickpocket (as Lo Hau Keung)
as Old Pickpocket (as Cheung Chi Ping)
TONG Pui Chung
as Old Pickpocket (as Tong Pui Chung)
WU Tiffany
as (as Wu Wai Ling Tiffany)
CHUNG Charis
as (as Chung Hoi Ying Charis)
WO Tang Tai
as (as Tang Tai Wo)
SINGH Manjit
as Mover in Elevator (as Singh Manjit)
WU Courtney
as Henchman

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