their flawless hair and makeup, it's hard to tell that
Zhao Wei, Karen Mok, and Shu Qi are deadly killers.
Yuen is So Close to breaking gender stereotypes
hypnotic melody of the Carpenter's song "So Close"
plays in the background as Lynn (Shu Qi of "The
Transporter") effortlessly makes her way through
the tight security system crippling all those who get
in her way. She does all this without getting so much
as a spot on her white outfit or a strand of hair out
Yuen's "So Close," an action flick about
the cat-and-mouse chase between two sister assassins
and a cop, opens today in selected theaters. Courtesy
Sue (Zhao Wei of "Shaolin Soccer) manning the World
Panorama, a high-tech surveillance program capable of
controlling any closed-circuit security system, and
Lynn carrying out the killings, these two sisters are
a team of trained assassins. They have just accomplished
their latest mission--- the murder of Chow Lui (Shek
Sau), boss of a giant computer company. Now Kong Yat
Hung (Karen Mok of "Fallen Angels") and her
assistant Mark (Michael Wai), the cops sent in to investigate
the case, are fast on their tracks. But in a tragic
turn of events, Sue and Hung, who have been fighting
on opposing sides, find out they need to team up to
avenge Lynn's death as well as clear Hung's name.
Close" has been dubbed by many as Hong Kong's version
of "Charlie's Angels" and the two do share
some important similarities. For example, both feature
a trio of independent, sexy young women who kick a*s.
However the gender role-breaking movie "So Close"
goes even further with this theme to suggest that women
have equal status as men and can be just as demanding
(Zhao Wei) holds her cool while aiming a gun at
Hung's assistant, Mark (Michael Wai). Courtesy
the cold and quiet older sister, manages to reunite
with Yen (Korean actor Song Seung Hun), a person she
shared an unspoken love with in the past. Even though
he makes the first move, it seems as though she is the
one to call the shots. She is the one who ultimately
keeps the relationship going.
the naïve younger sister who is better at operating
the World Panorama than a gun, isn't too keen on getting
involved in a romantic relationship like her sister.
In a heated argument where she finds out Lynn wants
to quit the job to get married, she adamantly yells
out "Not everyone needs a man to protect her like
you do!" In a restaurant scene where Yen is waiting
for Lynn to show up, Sue has to deliver the news of
her sister's murder to him because the "most painful
thing for a man is to be stood up."
(Shu Qi) gets ready to make her move in a one-to-one
battle against Hung (Karen Mok). Courtesy of
there is Hung, who with her intelligence and cigarette
smoking, seems to encompass all the qualities of the
typical male cop seen in many of the cop vs. robber
type movies. When asked if Mark is her boyfriend, she
contemplates a bit but then says that "He's too
passive" and that "I like my men to be a bit
contemplates about who the killers are after being
sent in to investigate the murder of Chow Lui (Shek
Sau). Courtesy of so-close.com
along with Sue, share more than just a mutual fascination
with each other. In fact, their relationship teeters
on the verge of lesbianism. This is clear after an onscreen
kiss following the final battle which makes audiences
wonder if this relationship would have gone anywhere,
if not for the fact that the two stand on opposite ends
of the legal spectrum. In the end, it is still just
a "friendship between soldier and bandit."
film, which many may shrug off as just another Hong
Kong action flick with rail-thin plots still has its
merits with its fabulously choreographed action scenes
that seem much more real than its alleged American counterpart.
After all, the director of the movie is Cory Yuen ("Fong
Say Yuk," "Once Upon a Time In China"),
a master of action choreography hailed for his kung-fu
wire techniques. The movie's attempt to break gender
stereotypes and the ambiguous lesbian theme make it
a worthwhile watch.
struggles to fight off one of Chow Nunn's men as
the two take part in a fight-to-the-death match.
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official release is today in Los Angeles, San Francisco
and New York. The movie will be released in other key
cities on September 19th. For more information, please