Posts Tagged ‘Exiled’


September 10, 2007


After the disappointing no show of Johnnie To’s “Triad Election” in Los Angeles I was very worried that his (what others have called) companion piece to his hit “The Mission” was going to come as far as San Francisco and continue to live in NYC for the remainder of its theatrical life. Alas, To’s “Exiled” has arrived!

Johnnie To is one of the foremost Hong Kong directors of the now. He’s swings from one genre to the other leaving his quirky stamp on everything he does. From hardcore action with a message like “Breaking News” and hardcore action like “Fulltime Killer” to whimsical romantic comedies like “Needing You” and clever crime capers like “Running Out of Time” he bounces gleefully around like no American director can, and each of his films for me has been pleasurably (if not always perfectly) imbibed.