Man Jeuk (The Sparrow) (Cultured Bird)
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Man Jeuk (The Sparrow) (Cultured Bird)
Simon Yam and Kelly Lin star in director Johnnie To's tale of three professional pickpockets, one mysterious beauty, and the elusive key that brings them all together. It's title taken from a street slang term describing the unique dexterity needed to lift wallets and flutter away undetected, Sparrow opens as Kei and his three partners in crime gingerly fleece unsuspecting strangers on the overcrowded streets of Hong Kong. The money Kei makes from this low-level criminal endeavor is plenty enough to sustain his modest lifestyle, and being free from the restraints of a nine to five job… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An action film without guns or even that much violence, it unfurls like an elegant ballet."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"A beautifully made, deliberately puzzling thriller..."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"It's a sprightly comedy caper about a pickpocket gang that pays eccentric homage to French cinema."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"While Sparrow has done without the realism and darkness of To's previous movies, it still excites and engages in different ways. It's something unique, a fusion of styles and cultures that you rarely find in cinema."
‑ Virginie SÚlavy, Electric Sheep
"Some of the scenes in this gentle romantic pickpocketing yarn are pure cinematic pleasure, but in the end the plot and the characters are too thin to turn a series of delightfully stylised setpieces into a fully satisfying film."
‑ Lee Marshall, Screen International
"Has a feather-light plot that flies in the face of credibility, but contains all the right components for an entertaining hit, like gracefully choreographed action sequences by martial arts veteran Yuen Biao, and a well-assembled cast."
‑ Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter
"The slow-burn of a cigarette in a lip-glossed mouth, the languid sprawl of Hong Kong, and a jazzy, bluesy soundtrack give this Cantonese drama an arty insouciance."
‑ Jamie Russell, Total Film
"Has all the lyricism, fluency and precision of a musical."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"The brisk directorial sleight-of-hand that dominates Sparrow might leave you somewhat bewildered, but you will be too awestruck by its cool craftsmanship to feel in any way robbed."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"To's touch is airy light, buoyed by a jazzy score and an especially charming performance by To regular Yam."
‑ Mariko McDonald, Film Threat
"Yam's easy charm holds the pic together, and supports are are all solid, with Lam standing out among the sparrows and the Mandarin-speaking Lin fine as the skittish but crafty Chun-lei."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Clearly a labour of love."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Pretty, energetic, funny."
‑ Danielle Richardson, Little White Lies
"Plays out with the light energy of a dance for most of its brisk running time."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It flies where it will, ever joyous and blissful."
‑ Keith Uhlich, UGO
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