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3.7
475 Ratings

Sparrow

Man jeuk

Directed by Johnnie To
Hong Kong, 2008
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

From acclaimed director Johnnie To (Election, Exiled) comes this story of a “sparrow,” street slang for a pickpocket, who falls in love with a woman who desires to use his special skills for her own purposes.

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Sparrow Directed by Johnnie To

Awards & Festivals

Hong Kong Film Awards

2009 | 5 nominations including: Best Film Editing

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

2008 | 4 nominations including: Achievement in Cinematography

What are people saying?

  • Yasser Azmy's rating of the film Sparrow

    Doesn't matter what happen on the story but give the audience wow ending ,That is a fundamental element johnnie to offer in all his movies.

  • Dave's rating of the film Sparrow

    Another more subdued To film - this one feels like he is just kicking back and enjoying himself, at times telling the entire story visually, and without any need for the shootouts or action sequences that he is so famous for. I have seen others describe it as having a musical quality to it, which I agree with. For me, it is not quite as good as the Elections or Exiled, but still a delightful film.

  • Law's rating of the film Sparrow

    A fine thriller. You know, a thrilling thriller that does what it proclaims it will do. Yes, I adored the penultimate sequence like everyone else, but if the thriller genre were to vanish from this Earth, I would not miss it, neither would I miss the film.

  • Steve G.'s rating of the film Sparrow

    I find that Johnnie To's lack of narrative clarity and focus gets right on my tits, to be completely honest. The opening scene is utterly terrible and it barely picked up from there. Still, it's refreshing to know that bumping into people clumsily is still regarded as the chosen method for a supposed pickpocketing professional to get the best results.

  • klofter's rating of the film Sparrow

    What a delightful piece of filmmaking! I only knew To from his Election movies (which I adore) and didn't realize how charming and funny he could be! The somewhat contrived plot notwithstanding, this is a beautifully shot film and a competently told caper. The climactic scene in the rain in breathtaking and I stopped counting the number of iconic Hollywood shots To references here. Highly recommended!

  • Rohan Berry's rating of the film Sparrow

    Johnnie To's love letter to Hong Kong's airy verticality has a lightness of touch the match of the pickpockets that form the core of the story. This is a film saturated with the seductive allure of consumer items and brand names (from the Marlboro cigarette to the Cartier watch), and To plays out sequences not so much for dramatic expediency as for the inherent eroticism of the game played. Unlike any other film.

  • nico's rating of the film Sparrow

    A narrativa é irregular, mas há aspectos positivos o bastante para compensar a experiência. A atmosfera construída pela trilha sonora e a direção meticulosa da coreografia nas cenas de furto aproximam Sparrow de uma linguagem performática, idílica.

  • josh scam's rating of the film Sparrow

    Stylistically perfect. The whole film flows like a ballet; the music, the colours, the movement, it's all here. But the story lacks the oomph of To's other films.