Utpal Borpujari

September 22, 2010

DVD review: Exiled

Filed under: Cinema,Deccan Herald,DVD Reviews,Media,World Cinema — Utpal Borpujari @ 2:36 pm

By Utpal Borpujari

Hong Kong director Johnnie To’s Exiled showcases his strong points as a filmmaker. To is an acknowledged expert in telling stories of male bonding through subjects that automatically involves a lot of action-oriented execution.

Exiled is one of To’s most-loved films, especially among fans who swear by Hong Kong brand of action cinema. What makes it even better is To’s ability to do it through a complex plot.

Here, four members of the infamous Triad, who are also longtime friends, find themselves in opposing sides in equal halves with another friend caught in the crossfire. Circumstances make two of them gun for the fifth as the other two try to protect him. In a classic twist, the four are forced to be on the same side once again. And the story unfolds from there.

Some classic action scenes, in true To style, make it a worthy addition to your home DVD collection. And so what if it comes with some unbelievably unrealistic scenes, that is all part of what To the legend is all about.

Exiled; dir: Johnnie To; Rs 399; Moser Baer Home Video

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 19-09-2010)


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