by Johnnie To
Screenplay: Wai Ka-fai
Cinematographer: Cheng Siu-keung
Editing: David M.Richardson
Sound: Steve Chan
Music: Lo Ta-yu
Casting: Johnny Hallyday, Anthony Wong, Lam Ka-tung, Lam Suet, Simon Yam, Cheung Siu-fai, Félix Wong, Yuk ng Sau, Sylvie Testud
Production : ARP, Media Asia, Milkyway Image
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Tel: 0033 1 56 69 26 00
35 mm, Color, 109 min, OV Cantonese and English with French subtitles
A father comes to Hong Kong to avenge his daughter shot by hired killers. His passport mentions ‘chef’. 20 years ago he was a professional killer.
“I immediately felt a great masculinity in him (Johnny Hallyday). However it is only when I met him that I understood we would be able to work together. I had to see him to feel all that he could express. His look, figure, presence, face and his unbelievable eyes, full of a past one can imagine intense.” Johnnie To.
“It was my very first visit to Asia, and in fact it perfectly suited my character. He is alone, lost in Hong Kong. I was indeed the same. This is how reality served fiction. People always say that an actor interprets his own past. Well, for this film I have used the present. What I was living and feeling being in Hong Kong is also what I expressed while playing.” Johnny Hallyday.
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