was shown in Competition at the 2006 Venice Film Festival
. It was also shown at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival
, the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival
, 2007 8th Jeonju International Film Festival
, 2008 Midnight Sun Film Festival
and the 2007 Seattle International Film Festival
Category III Rating
The film was awarded a Category III
rating (18+ restriction), particularly for one scene showing Simon Yam's character shaking hands with another gangster with their left hands turned around, making a triads
agreement handshake. The scene is present on the Mega-Star uncut Limited Edition DVD
. However, only the Category IIB cut version was released in Hong Kong theatrically.
was released in Hong Kong on October 19. The film, on opening weekend, grossed a total of HK$47,533. The film's total HK box-office take was $687,434.
It was later released in the United States with an R-rating by the MPAA
"for strong violence and some sexual content." Following its limited released in the United States
grossed US$20,351 on opening weekend. The film's total gross was $49,413.
acquired the North American
rights of Exiled
and the film was given a limited release as of August 31, 2007. The North American DVD
version of the film was released on January 11, 2008.
received fairly good reviews in the United States. The film is currently one of the highest-rated limited-release films of 2006 on Rotten Tomatoes
at 81%. Critics often made comparisons to the early spaghetti western
pictures made by filmmakers such as Sergio Leone
and Sam Peckinpah
, hailing the film for its action sequences and dark humour. Newsweek Magazine
even awarded the film at number 4 as one of 2007's "Best Action Movie Scenes"
Some critics, however, were less enthusiastic by the film. Film critic Roger Ebert
of the Chicago Sun-Times
, awarded the film a 2.5 star rating, writing:
Johnnie To, the director, is highly respected in this genre, and I suppose he does it about as well as you'd want it to be done, unless you wanted acting and more coherence.
Hong Kong film distributor Media Asia Group
has announced a remake of Exiled
. The company brokered a deal with film producer Samuel Hadida
, who is attached as a pro