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      Sparrow

      2008 1h 27m Drama Romance List
      94% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 61% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A gang of pickpockets preys on people in the streets of Hong Kong. Read More Read Less

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      Philip French Guardian A beautifully made, deliberately puzzling thriller... Apr 17, 2011 Full Review Derek Malcolm London Evening Standard Clearly a labour of love. Rated: 4/5 Apr 15, 2011 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian It's a sprightly comedy caper about a pickpocket gang that pays eccentric homage to French cinema. Rated: 3/5 Apr 14, 2011 Full Review Grant Watson Fiction Machine Short, sharp, and wonderfully charming. Rated: 9/10 Sep 8, 2020 Full Review Jamie Russell Total Film The slow-burn of a cigarette in a lip-glossed mouth, the languid sprawl of Hong Kong, and a jazzy, bluesy soundtrack give this Cantonese drama an arty insouciance. Rated: 3/5 Apr 15, 2011 Full Review David Parkinson Radio Times Has all the lyricism, fluency and precision of a musical. Rated: 3/5 Apr 14, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Another great movie from Johnny To Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review camille l Il arrive qu'un auteur prenne totalement ses spectateurs et fans à contre-pied et livre un de ses films les plus réussis et singuliers de sa filmographie. En effet, Sparrow est aussi drôle que poétique et captivant, contant l'histoire de quatre pickpockets aux prises avec une femme fatale. Sparrow ne recule jamais devant les scènes les plus étranges, refuse même le dialogue pendant de longues plages de 20 minutes, animées par la mise en scène virevoltante d'un Johnnie To plus optimiste que jamais et la musique absolument parfaite de Fred Avril et Xavier Jamaux. Simon Yam est exceptionnel et Lam Suet assure encore un maximum en second rôle. Un délice de 90 minutes. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A melange of styles enmeshed in one film, which didn't create as much of a mess as you might think, thanks to the gorgeous palette and cinematography which unifies the film. Part comedy, a touch of Hitchcockian suspense, and - yes - even something reminiscent of an old Western showdown. The soundtrack is as determinedly old-fashioned as the film camera the main character uses, and just as full of charm. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member A heist movie like no other, with To paying homage to the roaring 60ies, femme fatales and, apparently, fellow director Kar-Way. Culminating in an original burglars showdown: a must see. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Overrated film. It's nice, funny but too mainstream for me. The plot is rather dumb. Not a must see. You can spare this one. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Except a few important scenes were well directed & designed, plus some captures of Western District scenes in Hong Kong Island, it is generally plain & flat. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A gang of pickpockets preys on people in the streets of Hong Kong.
      Director
      Johnnie To
      Genre
      Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      Chinese
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jan 13, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 27m