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So Close (2003)

Qi Shu , Wei Zhao , Corey Yuen  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Qi Shu, Wei Zhao, Karen Mok, Seung-heon Song, Yasuaki Kurata
  • Directors: Corey Yuen
  • Writers: Jeffrey Lau
  • Producers: Bo-Chu Chui
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Mandarin Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000U0X1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,545 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "So Close" on IMDb

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Get ready for one of the most dynamic, action-packed films of the year! Directed by famed action choreographer Cory Yuen (The Transporter, Jet Li's The Enforcer), SO CLOSE is a thrill-a-minute shootout, with lightning-quick action sequences and great performances by Shu Qi (The Transporter), Zhao Wei (Shaolin Soccer) and Karen Mok (Black Mask). When a gang of assassins murders their parents, two sisters inherit the family business - a state-of-the-art computer surveillance system. Armed with the ability to see around corners and disappear into thin air, the sisters become the most accomplished killers-for-hire in Hong Kong. But when the sisters fulfill a contract and take out a wealthy computer magnate, a beautiful undercover detective is suddenly hot on their tail. Now - loyalties are tested, alliances are questioned and survival becomes the extremest sport of all. With some of the best action scenes to appear on film this year, SO CLOSE is a high-octane hit!

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good chick flick January 2, 2004
Format:DVD
First you need to forive a couple of things before you can truely enjoy this movie, like the thin plot and the pluasibility of the characters, other than that, this movie is pretty good, for obvious reasons- the well-cheographed fight scenes and it's a fresh change having chicks do the fighting.
Shu Qi gets top billing and yes, she's gorgeous, but I think you'll be more impress with Karen Mok. She might not have the lucscious lips or the obvious sex appeal, but she has an edgy, gritty physical presence which is important if you're gonna be an action movie star ( maybe she already is, this is the first time I've seen her in a movie). You can believe it when she's punching, kicking and flying thru the air because physically she is convincing. Unlike Shu Qi, who seem a tad bit fragile and she looked like she was hung on a wire a lot for the more demanding fight sequence. I also like Vicky Zhao. She's terrific as the younger, less competent sister and the heavy acting was all left to her. The handcuffed fight scene with Qi and Mok is something to marvel at and will undoubtedly be copied. The clean high tech cinematography is hard to ignore. It is a study in geometry, angles and physics, specially with the flying bullets and glass everywhere. This is well illustrated in the last shot out by the stairway.
There's a lot to be admired in this movie like the many imaginative ways of shooting a gun; upside down, downside up,sidedays, by ways, falling down, twisting and the overall imagination of the filmakers. As a Hong Kong, over-the-top action flick--- It delivers! Just don't think too much when you're watching this movie. Concentrate more on the gun fights, sword fights and kung fu fights. I did find a few things annoying though.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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[WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN A SPOILER]

That pretty much says it all. True, an important character dies during the film, but this is a very daring move on the part of the director. I do not care for main characters getting killed, but once in a while it's okay. It gives my "film reality" a jolt, something it needs. As a female assassin, Shu Qi ranks at the top rank of cinematic killers. I have no doubt that she could kill Arnold, Clint Eastwood or Mel Gibson in any film roles. She is also so easy on the eyes that her anti-social job is acceptable. The action is top notch, as is the cinematography. Hong Kong Cinema is far ahead of any other and it shows here. Rating: 8 out of 10.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a movie addict who's been getting tired of the same old Hollywood crap, so I decided to try some cool looking asian films. Take it from me, it's a refreshing experience. I saw the "So Close" trailer on the "Returner" DVD, & I wrongly assumed it would be a cheesy movie with girls, guns & Karate. I was so wrong! This has officially become one of my new favorite movies. - Excellent Action (Best sword fight in recent history) - with a good P L O T! Try that Hollywood!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect example on why looks can be deceiving February 6, 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! But after years of busting caps, Shu Qi has become a hurting-on-the-inside kind of lady. Her passion for being a super cool hit woman has cooled and she's starting to feel sorry for the thousands of people she took away. Unable to bring herself to do more than kneecap the legions of goons she used to blithely blow away, she's started to think about getting out of the game, finding a guy, and settling down. Little sis, Vicky Zhao, on the other hand, wants to be like big sis and open many cans of whup a** on veritable armies of henchmen. Karen Mok, a cop who has run into the glass ceiling so hard she's got a concussion, unwinds from all the razzing she gets from her sexist colleagues by pursuing Vicky and Shu Qi and maybe, just maybe, falling for Vicky in the process. Cop/criminal romances are, historically, really bad ideas but it works really well here.

Flying bullets, spinning sidekicks, supercomputer balderdash, car chases, and shattering sheets of glass tumble off the screen like an all-you-can-eat action feast and it takes a fight with Japanese screen legend Yasuaki Kurata to bring this whole buffet to a close.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really, It Was SO CLOSE January 3, 2004
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I've seen enough Hong Kong actioners to know that they fall into two principal categories: (1) those that are terrific and ignore the possible logic problems of the story or (2) those that are terrific and completely toss logic to the wind. Believe it or not, SO CLOSE actually gravitates between both of these groups.
The film tries to be so much more than what it is: a statement on family loyalty, a testament to budding lesbianism, a barrier-breaking MATRIX-style adventure ... one could go on and on. The subplot involving the two sisters dependence upon one another to complete a single assassination job is a bit heavy on the overall weight of the film, but you can't fault the writer for attempting to give these glitzy girls some depth ... and you certainly can't hold the actresses responsible for giving it their best shot.
Taken as a thrill pill, SO CLOSE works very well on many levels. The pacing is intense, the photography is very well done, the choreography (especially the climax) is exciting, and the performances are better than average. Sure, some comparisons to the look of the flick being dangerously close to a REVLON commercial are merited, but SO CLOSE was never intended to be high art: it is pure popcorn, and it can be enjoyed very well on that level.
Kick back. Get yourself a beer. Start this DVD in the machine and enjoy three beautiful Asian women kicking some real mean butt and shooting some very powerful guns.
Life is good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action Pack
Very good Martial Art movie. Love the girls in this movie. A very sexy movie with a lot of action.
Published 29 days ago by Speed Racer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but touching!!! Love it
This is the only film I've watched more than twice! I cannot stop crying... Sad story! And the background musics do perfectly fit!
Published 3 months ago by ashtae
4.0 out of 5 stars So close.
I liked this movie,Lots of action.This director is so good in action films. love it.The girls were great and SSH was a nice catch to.
Published 4 months ago by SHEILA HOSLER
4.0 out of 5 stars A Top Gun of a Chick Kick
Others are correct, this action film's realism gets undercut by the Richard Avedon glamour throughout its action sequences. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gene Cisco
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend
This a great movie. If you are an action fan then this should be in your collection. I loved it
Published 5 months ago by Justin Kase
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl power!
Yea I know. Cheesy title but if you've ever seen this you would understand. It's a beautiful movie that kicks butt so good that the hubby doesn't mind watching it again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Katherine Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Karate Movie
I love this movie and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to watch a movie for enjoyment. I used my blackberry app crackle and it had the translated english version
Published 5 months ago by Elrick D. St Clair
4.0 out of 5 stars fun story,good actresses, action
No great film, but decent action entertainment, the women are great, and the story is good enough for a couple hours.
Published 6 months ago by Doug Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars so close but great dvd.
This was a Japanese dvd movie and well done ,featuring special effects and martial arts that WERE SUPRISING TO Say THE LEAst. I reccomemnd thios one to every one. Richie.
Published 6 months ago by Mark P. Dawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Shu movie
One of the best choices if you like to watch clean movies with good looking women. Shu Qi blows me away.This is considered to be something of a Charlie's Angels knockoff. Read more
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