With The Mission, Johnnie To moved to a whole new level of critical appreciation both in Hong Kong and abroad: Beyond being seen as a skillful practitioner of Hong Kong genre cinema, he showed himself to be someone whose knowledge was deep and intimate, capable of distilling generic conventions and style down to their very essence.
After the head of the mob, Big Boss, is almost killed in an ambush, his brother assembles five bodyguards to protect him. The crew couldnâ€™t be any more unusual: a pimp, a lone wolf, a professional hitman, a hairdresser, and a bar owner. They gradually overcome their personal differences and turn into a crack squad, ready for anything. But just when it looks as if their mission has been accomplished, Big Boss suspects that one of them has been sleeping with his wife â€“â€“ and now he wants to know which one. To is an extremely generous director with actors, creating their settings and situation and then letting them take off. Here, the approach leads to great performances by Anthony Wong, Simon Yam, Lam Suet and a host of others who would soon become regulars in Toâ€™s stock troupe.
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