So Close (Bilingual) [Import]
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Get ready for one of the most dynamic, action-packed films of the year! Directed by famed action choreographer Cory Yuen (The Transporter, Jet Li's The Enforcer), SO CLOSE is a thrill-a-minute shootout, with lightning-quick action sequences and great performances by Shu Qi (The Transporter), Zhao Wei (Shaolin Soccer) and Karen Mok (Black Mask). When a gang of assassins murders their parents, two sisters inherit the family business - a state-of-the-art computer surveillance system. Armed with the ability to see around corners and disappear into thin air, the sisters become the most accomplished killers-for-hire in Hong Kong. But when the sisters fulfill a contract and take out a wealthy computer magnate, a beautiful undercover detective is suddenly hot on their tail. Now - loyalties are tested, alliances are questioned and survival becomes the extremest sport of all. With some of the best action scenes to appear on film this year, SO CLOSE is a high-octane hit!
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You almost chuckle for the first 30 minutes as it has a plot that is comic book "like" -- but it just changes tone and is just endless action -- and good action. Also the acting etc suddenly gets realistic and you care about the characters.
Someone said the English dub was not good -- but again, it starts of so-so and about 30 minutes into the movie is suddenly seems to improve and be very good.
The cast did a very good job -- no one dominating, in fact the "lead" changes constantly -- lots of good surprises of who is good and bad.
Finally, it is quite long -- it almost has three movies; plot-wise. An hour intro, and two 30 minute sequels. By that, it gets to a conclusion, but it opens the door to a bunch of new information and really a new chapter.
I would really recommend it.
But it looks as though Charlie's so called ANGELS may have some competition from (where else?) Hong Kong. Yes, I am also a sucker for Shu Qi, "Vicki" Zhao Wei, and Karen Mok, and even if the sight of Shu Qi and Vicki Zhao in black cocktail dresses ain't enough for you, the fight scenes will certainly make you wonder why anyone ever entrusted McG with making a decent martial arts film.
Let's just go to the scoreboard:
FULL THROTTLE-Demi Moore flying off a building in an almost see-through skirt, that stupid thin man showing up for no reason at all, Cameron Diaz constantly giggling like the buck-toothed geek she is, Drew Barrymore performing what may be the weakest spinning hook kick in film history (no wonder why Demi Moore catches her from behind, even though Demi herself is not much better),Lucy Liu dancing circles around everyone else, and making FULL THROTTLE at least somewhat redeemable.
SO CLOSE-Shu Qi and Vicki Zhao sparring in their bathroom, Karen Mok beating the snot out of some guys in an elevator, Shu Qi vs Karen Mok in a parking garage, Vicki Zhao and Karen Mok vs Smaurai bad guy, etc.
Do you think that even with Lucy Liu, FULL THROTTLE can hold a candle to SO CLOSE?
Neither do I.
The Plot and sub-plot were carried out so well, props for the writter. The drama part of the movie made my girlfriend near the end, man it got to me too at a certain point the flashback part.
But anyway, the Action! unlike any other... definatly OUTSTANDING, way better than Charles' Angels. you know what Charles' Angles is no comparison, man the parking lot scene was THE best! Su qi and xiao wei are like a dynamic dual that kick buTT and Karen MOk man... can do anything.
SO CLOSE is a definately a must in your collection. What beats asian chicks fighting in a very unique combination of old shaolin and new street fighting with gun action. Just amazing, on top of that a great plot, and pretty top-notch acting (watch the subtitled if you can't understand chinese, it's way better), oh and last but not least a bit of chick and chick action.
My fiance gave the movie 3 stars for the cool action sequences and the strong female characters (she hates the whiny damsel-in-distress types), but she felt that the movie was weak in story and pointed out a few plot holes. I, myself, thought that the development of certain characters was lacking. However, I forgave that lack of certain character development because of 1) Shu Qi and Zhao Wei, 2) Awesome action and did I mention Shu Qi and Zhao Wei? The strength and knock-out beauty of these two women made the movie. It was certainly nice to be able to watch the movie under the guise of it being a tough-chick flick that women love.
The movie starts off slow at times, but when the action starts picking up, you start to ignore some of the questions raised at the beginning of the movie. While in general, the action was kick-butt, the wire use was poorly done in certain scenes as were the use of doubles, but since Shu Qi and Zhao Wei aren't exactly action stars in Hong Kong, I didn't expect them to do their own stunts or fight scenes, although in some close up shots, they did hold their own very well.
I don't think this movie deserves a full five stars because of certain character development problems and some story problems, but I didn't go into the movie expecting an Oscar-caliber movie. It is what it is--a great way to spend a mindless Sunday afternoon, watching beautiful women wearing revealing outfits shooting, blowing up and beating the bad guys senseless.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Stylishly fantastic to watch especially the usual ballet-like fight scenes. the problem is (SPOILER ALERT) the best character gets killed off too quickly. Read morePublished on June 9 2009 by Brian Maitland
I admire woman who can hold there own and this film says it all. While watching this I couldn't help but to think of Charlies Angels plus the opening scene with Lynn easily marks... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2008 by Jenny
In So Close sisters Lynn and Sue (Shu Qi and Vicki Zhao respectively), are a pair of high-tech (and high priced) assassins who inherit, from their late father, a secret weapon: a... Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Miguel B. Llora
I brought this disk because it was recommended by people who brought "Returner" (another excellent movie). Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Andrew B. Choat
This movie? Daang what can I say. I love this S**t. The character build up is perfect. The intro to the movie is perfect. They plug in the action scenes right in the perfect spots. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by A. Martinez
and even as much as the Matrix. My boyfriend of course could not take his eyes off Qi Shu. She was awesome, and it was full of action. (... Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by Lena's sis
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