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3 ½ Stars: Stylish, SEXY And Hard-Hitting! Action Director Corey Yuen Pulls it Off!

  • Jun 15, 2009

SO CLOSE is directed by renowned action choreographer; Corey Yuen (Transporter). Corey is a sought after action director with his fresh style and cool attitude. (He isn't as renowned as the legendary Yuen Woo-ping but he's close). "So Close" may give an impression that it is a "Charlie's Angels" knock-off and while it does look inspired by the idea, it successfully sidesteps that boundary and turned out to be one of the most entertaining flicks I've seen back in 2002. It is way better than the stupid remake with Barrymore and Diaz and it features three of the current hottest Hong Kong actresses. I'm a bit broke right now so excuse me if I just dig into my existing collection to write my next review.

Lynn (Shu Qui, My Wife is a Gangster 3) and Sue (Vicky Zhao Wei, Shaolin Soccer) are stunningly beautiful sisters with a job unlike any other. They are intelligent, sexy and lethal women who are also the most "in-demand" assassins in the city. They never miss and seems like they are unstoppable; until police detective Hong (Karen Mok) becomes hot on their trail. However, Inspector Hong may have to take a second look on where her loyalties lie...

Non-stop action is the main draw for "So Close". Corey Yuen once again proves why he is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to fast-paced action sequences. The martial arts scenes are truly lovely to behold, and while Shu Qui and Vicky Zhao aren't well-trained fighters in real life, but they sure look awesome performing the scenes. Corey still manages to pull off something fresh, stylish and downright sexy! The action sequence are hard-hitting but doesn't lose that feminine touch. Highlights include a close quarters mano-o-mano fight between Mok and Shu Qui; the fight is so well-choreographed that is so refreshing to watch--so sexy and so downright alluring. There is also a great car chase with Vicky Zhao with Shu Qui aiding her escape via satellite positioning while she fights off bad guys. Corey's talent shines through with the creativeness of the sequences and the mastery of their execution. Fantastic fights, sexy poses, alluring smiles are what's in store for you!

Now, I'm not saying that "So Close" is a perfect film but it is a very entertaining actioner. Despite the typical and unoriginal "cat and mouse" game, the film is a delight to watch. Also, the performances of Taiwanese actress Shu Qui and Hong Kong's own Zhao Wei offer some depth for a hyped-up action film. Their characters are well-rounded and their acting skills (while not the best they've done) are fitting for the plot that manages to add a little "meat" to its unoriginality. Karen Mok may not be the sexiest of the bunch but she is a delight to watch; her "tough cop" character adds a little flare of masculinity mixed in feminine sexiness in the proceedings.

The film does lack an intricate storyline, and the origins of our heroines are revealed rather quickly. Also, the screenplay has a lot of flaws that may will require a large suspension of disbelief. The script by Jeff Lau does lack some punch, as when there is no action, the pace seems to slow down like a turtle. I rather thought the budding romance between Lynn and Yen was unnecessary, and the screenplay should have focused more on the sisterly rivalry developing between Lynn and Sue. Corey Yuen does manage to cover up the rather lackluster screenplay with a lot of energetic scenes. While it did lose some of its momentum midway in the film that it almost fell to the canned melodrama entrapment, the final act of the film provided one of the most stylish, hyper-accelerated fight sequences that more than made up for its faults.

This action film is geared towards males but I'm pretty sure women will enjoy it also with its "women with guns" theme. The trio of Qui, Wei and Mok have  great chemistry and there is just nothing hotter than sexy posturing complete with well-groomed hairstyles to awaken the male testosterone. I thought that this was one of the best imports I've seen in 2002 and well worth repeated viewings. My raging male hormones aside, the film successfully put everything together and gave me one of the most entertaining movie watching experience I've had in a long time.

SO CLOSE overshadowed all my expectations that it was another "Martial Angels" or Charlie's Angels" cardboard cutout copy; instead I was treated to an alluringly SEXY action film that is truly delightful to watch. The producers of the stupid "Charlie's Angels" franchise should take notes from this film on how to make the next sequel (If any). It is indeed FRESH and extremely raw. "SO CLOSE" offers a lot of martial arts action, bullet ballet and ultra-hot exotic women. It has ALL the factors any man will truly enjoy and is worthy of his dvd collection.

SO CLOSE is a welcome addition to the "Girls who kick major ASS" genre.

RECOMMENDED! [3 ½ Out of 5 Stars]

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February 01, 2011
I liked this one but it reminded me of another film or show or something that I had seen, can't think of it.
June 19, 2009
But what's in it for those of us who aren't equipped with the same hormones you are Woop? Your review presents a great case for those with testosterone to catch the film, but how about me?
June 19, 2009
well, my female friends really enjoyed it and they said it awakened their hormones to push a guy around...LOL! I think you'll like this one, it does have some slow moments but the final fight in the last act really nailed it.
June 19, 2009
June 05, 2011
I would add that there's really a strangely (for an action movie!) feminine sense to the movie as a whole which goes beyond the eye candy or the choice of characters.
June 25, 2011
I like my female action flix more in the vein of CHOCOLATE. That was a great one. Many thanks for that one Woop.
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review by . June 05, 2011
So I bought this movie because I am a bit of a fan of Shu Qi. I didn't know what to expect. What I found was a deeply fascinating movie, and while I didn't find it as emotionally powerful as some other positive reviewers, I thought it provided a fascinating look into another culture as well as an insightful critique of gender roles in the modern world. This is mixed with three gorgeous Asian women carrying guns and engaging in martial arts battles.       The premise …
review by . February 06, 2008
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I admire woman who can hold there own and this film says it all. While watching this I couldn't help but to think of Charlies Angels plus the opening scene with Lynn easily marks out the style of this film. "So Close" revolves around a computer program that can hack all the security cameras on earth. Developed by their dad, the program was inherited by Shu Qi and Vicky Zhao after his death, and rather than sell it and make lots of money, they use it to become career assassins - follow your dreams! …
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Corey Yuen was the action director.
A crooked businessman hires a high-tech professional assassin team of two sisters to kill his elder brother. Fearing exposure by an undercover policewoman who has been shadowing the sisters, the businessman has the older sister killed and implicates the policewoman. The grieving younger sister and the framed policewoman must now form an alliance to bring down the businessman. Great high-kicking action in the tradition of Charlie's Angels and The Matrix.
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Director: Corey Yuen
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Release Date: August 22, 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Jeff Lau
Runtime: 1hr 50min
Studio: Eastern Productions
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