Man Jeuk (The Sparrow) (Cultured Bird)
Man Jeuk (The Sparrow) (Cultured Bird) (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 11, 2008
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

An action film without guns or even that much violence, it unfurls like an elegant ballet.

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Philip French

A beautifully made, deliberately puzzling thriller...

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Peter Bradshaw

It's a sprightly comedy caper about a pickpocket gang that pays eccentric homage to French cinema.

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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Jamie Russell
Total Film

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.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Has all the lyricism, fluency and precision of a musical.

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Derek Elley

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.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Clearly a labour of love.

Danielle Richardson
Little White Lies

Pretty, energetic, funny.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Quite slow and not the easiest to follow, but the scene at the end with no speaking is very well done and makes the movie worth a look. Also very nicely filmed… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
To never fails to bring a smile to my face, even when the plot is not making a lot of sense. Simon Yam has more charisma, screen persona and acting skills than… More
JY Skacto
Johnnie To takes a step away from the usual crime suspense films that have made him a successful director and producer. It really is different to see no guns… More