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Sparrow

Universe Laser & Video
~Kelly Lam, Simon Yam, Lam Kar Tung, Lam Suet
DVD Region 3

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Original Name  文雀
Official Release Date Sep 10, 2008
Starring Kelly Lam, Simon Yam, Lam Kar Tung, Lam Suet
Director Johnnie To
Screen Format Anamorphic Wide Screen
Video Format NTSC
Audio Dolby Digital
Language Mandarin, Cantonese
Subtitles Chinese, English
Year 2008
Running Time 87 Minutes
Genre Action
Version  Hong Kong
  Category IIA
Not suitable for children.
PAX-Code PAX0002329578
Catalog No.  D68459
Item Code  4895024952086

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Kei (Simon Yam) is an experienced "sparrow". He ad his partners make a living picking the pockets of unsuspecting pedestrians. Kei also enjoys a carefree lifestyle, riding his bicycle throung the city to take photos with his vintage Rolleiflex. One day a dashing beauty, Chun Lei (Kelly Lin), suddenly appears in Kei's viewfinder. The sparrow is mesmerized... But Beneath Chun Lei's attractive facede lies a mysterious past. As Kei and his partners fall for her one after another, Chun Lei reveals her true intention: To have the sparrows steal something of great importance to her from Mr.Fu (Lo Hoi Pang), a rich merchant. Rainy day, a decisive fight is coming...

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yeowh79 (52) on 13, Sep. 2010 22:26 (HKT)
this bluray showcase kelly lin's beauty in true HD form
this bluray proves Universe are really one of the best in the business when it comes to HK BDs even though they are usually more expensive than other labels. the PQ is sharp and the audio tracks has everything you would want (PCM 7.1, DTS-HD, DD 5.1). did i mention the BD is also packed with bonus features?
Sparrow is clearly an average movie (by johnnie to standards anyway) made great by an excellent BD.
Don't wait for an overseas label to issue this movie on BD, get this version and add it to your collection.
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Doctor Forbidden (26) on 02, Sep. 2009 18:49 (HKT)
A stylish delight
Sparrow is a tough film to review without spoilers. The story tells of a pickpocket ring led by Kei (Simon Yam) whose members are approached individually by a beautiful woman (Kelly Lin) with connections to a wealthy mob boss (Lo Hoi Pang). As our gang of lovable pickpockets start to realize that they are being manipulated into working for the woman, events accelerate to boiling point in a street duel among professional pickpockets (‘sparrows’ in Cantonese slang) on a rainy night in Hong Kong. Being a big Johnnie To fan, I cannot say that this film is among his best, but it is certainly among his best accomplishments. Taking a relaxed, meandering approach, To walks us slowly through seemingly detached scenes that fall neatly into place halfway through the film. In any other hands, the film would likely have degenerated into a disjointed mess, but it is a testament to the director’s skill (he obviously knows exactly what he wants to shoot, and shoots it remarkably well despite any possible prior expectations and objections from the audience). Johnnie To’s reputation of Hong Kong’s guru of STYLE is richly deserved, as despite having no noticeable plot and direction in the first half, Sparrow nonetheless grabs you from the first few scenes and never actually lets you go. Recommended for film fans, highly recommended for fans of Hong Kong cinema, and an absolute must watch for Johnnie To fans.
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