Il cinema di Johnny To in concorso a Venezia
Szeto Kam Yeun
Yau Nai Hoi
Yip Tin Shing
Cheng Siu Keung
Scenografia Set Design
Costumi Costume Designer
Interpreti Main Cast
Distribuzione internazionale World Sales
Media Asia Distribution
Distribuzione Italiana Italian Distribution
Hong Kong Hong Kong
35 mm, Colore Colour
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 background of fin-de-siècle malaise 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.
Commento del regista Director’s notes
In times of change when rules no longer apply, the only thing that matters to an individual’s survival is the decision he makes.
Exiled follows a group of wanderers who’ve been on the road for years but never quite figured out where the end lies. At a midway town, they’re confronted with a critical dilemma and decision has to be made: do they do what they’re told or take a stand for what they believe in? Their decision will turn them against everything they know. But at the end, the only thing that matters is what their hearts say.
The state of exile does not have to be involuntary expulsion. It is an action of voluntary absence in search of a higher ideal. This is perhaps a romantic sentiment when set against today’s cynical world. Nevertheless, it is what makes us human.
Johnnie To was born on April 22nd, 1955 in Hong Kong. With a film career spanning over 25 years, he is one of Hong Kong’s leading directors today. Having reached commercial success in the 80’s, To turned to more personal works in the mid-90s following the creation of his film production company Milkyway Image (HK) Ltd. In recent years To’s stylish film aesthetic caught on in the west following film festival appearance of his works including “The Mission” and “Fulltime Killer”. To’s “Breaking News” premiered at 2004 Cannes International Film Festival’s Official Selection program. “Throw Down” was subsequently invited to Venice International Film Festival in the same year. “Election” was in Competition in Cannes in 2005 and went on to receive 11 nominations at the Taipei Golden Horse Award. The film won Best Picture and Best Director Awards at the 2006 Hong Kong Film Awards.
1980 Bi shui han shan duo ming jin – The Enigmatic Case; 1986 Kai xin gui zhuang gui – Happy Ghost 3; 1987 Qi nian zhi yang – Seven Years Itch; 1988 Cheng shi te jing – The Big Heat; Ba xing bao xi – The Eighth Happiness; 1989 Ji xing gong zhao – The Fun, the Luck, and the Tycoon; Iron Butterfly, Part 2: See No Daylight; You jian A Lang – All About Ah-Long; 1990 Ai de shi jie – The Story of My Son; 1991 Sha Tan-Zi yu Zhou Shih-Nai –Royal Scoundrel; 1992 Sam sei goon –Interrogate to Death; Ti dao bao –Lucky Encounter; 1993 Zhi zun wu shang zhi yong ba tian xia –Casino Raiders 2; Xian dai hao xia zhuan –Heroic Trio 2: Executioners; Chik geuk siu ji – Bare Footed Monk; Chai gong – Mad Monk; Dung fong saam hap – Eastern Three Herpes; 1995 Wu wei shen tan – Loving You; 1996 Tian ruo you qing III feng huo jia ren – A Moment of Romance III; 1997 Shi wan huo ji – Fireline; 1998 Chan sam ying hung – A Hero Never Dies; 1999 Joi gin a long – Where a Good Man Goes; Am zin – Running Out of Time; Cheung fo – The Mission; 2000 Lat sau wui cheun – Help!!!; Goo laam gwa lui – Needing You…; 2001 Chung mo yim – Wu yen; Sau san naam neui – Love on a Diet; Chuen jik sat sau – Fulltime Killer; Am zin 2 – Running Out of Time 2; 2002 Lik goo lik goo san nin choi – Fat Choi Spirit; Ngo joh aan gin diy gwai – My Left Eye Sees Ghosts; 2003 Baak nin hiu gap – Love for All Seasons; PTU; Heung joh chow heung yau chow – Turn Left, Turn Right; Daai chek liu – An Intelligent Muscle Man; 2004 Daai si gin – Breaking News; Yau doh lung fu bong – Throw Down; Lung fung dau – Yesterday Once More; 2005 Hak se wui – Election; 2006 Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai – Election 2.