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FestivalsExiled 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.

 Box office

Exiled 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, Exiled grossed US$20,351 on opening weekend. The film's total gross was $49,413.


Magnolia Pictures 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.
Critical receptionExiled 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"[1]
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:[2]
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

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CastRichie Jen, Anthony Wong, Simon Yam, Francis Ng, Lam Ka-tung, Hui Siu-hung, Roy Cheung, Ellen Chan, Lam Suet, Cheung Siu Fai, Nick Cheung, Josie Ho, Tam Ping-man, Ronald Yan, Wong Wah-wo
Genre:  Action, Drama, Adventure
Release Date:  August 31, 2007
MPAA Rating:  R
Runtime:  1hr 49min
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An Accomplished, Elegant And Machismo-Laden Action Movie By Johnnie To!
EXILED (2006) is directed by Johnnie To (Full Time Killer, Election, Breaking News), one of the most acclaimed directors of Hong Kong. Johnnie To is the epitome of hard-boiled cool, his films are fresh, visually inventive and have a cinematic magic that just screams ‘cool‘. The cast of Johnnie To's hit "The Mission" has been reunited for this film. No, this is not a sequel, although it does have very similar characters. Johnnie To bagged the best direction award in …
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