Sparrow (image 1)

Quite unlike anything I have seen before... Sparrow is so pleasurable that I can't wait to see it again.

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Sparrow 2008

Man jeuk

Directed by Johnnie To

A seductive tale of a gang pf hyper-stylish pickpockets and the femme fatale who takes them on, from Hong Kong's genre-twisting Johnnie To (Election, Exiled). Starring Simon Yam, Kelly Lin.

China / Hong Kong In Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles
87 minutes 35mm / CinemaScope

Director

Screenplay

Chan Kin-chung
,
Fung Chih-chiang

Photography

Cheng Siu-keung

Editor

David Richardson

Music

Xavier Jamaux
,
Fred Avril

With

Simon Yam
,
Kelly Lin
,
Lam Ka-tung
,
Lo Hoi-pang
,
Law Wing-cheong
,
Kenneth Cheung

Festivals

Berlin, Sydney 2008

Elsewhere

"Genre-twisting master Johnnie To (Exiled, Election) is at his most playful with Sparrow... Deliciously choreographed with an eye for nostalgia as well as action, the plot revolves around a gang of thieves (the title is street slang for ‘pickpocket‘) whose dance with their victims is more charming than menacing, and whose everyday antics border on slapstick. The gang are so preoccupied with their own techniques that each of them unknowingly falls prey to the criminal artistry of Chung Chun-lei (Kelly Lin). Her seductive, cat-and-mouse game with suave, self-appointed leader Kei (the ever-dashing Simon Yam), perfectly accompanied by Xavier Jamaux and Fred Avril‘s omnipotent score, unwinds like a musical love poem to the streets of Hong Kong." — Clare Stewart, Sydney Film Festival.