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Protégé (2007)

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A special agent has for 8 years been deep undercover in Asia's lucrative organized crime trade as he plays protégé to one of the key players, Banker. Nick now has but he has started to feel loyalty to his new environment, and to the money.

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Tung-Shing Yee (as Derek Yee)

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Tung-Shing Yee (as Derek Yee), Man Hong Lung (additional writing) (as Long Man Hong) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Lau ... Lin Quin
Daniel Wu ... Nick
Louis Koo ... Fan's Husband
Jingchu Zhang ... Fan (as Zhang Jing Chu)
Anita Yuen ... Quin's Wife
Nirut Sirichanya ... General Chachai (as Nirut Sirijanya)
Mei-tian He Mei-tian He ... Quin's Sister-in-law (as He Mei Tian)
Kai Chi Liu ... Head of Customs Officers (as Liu Kai Chi)
Cheong Cheung Cheong Cheung ... Drug Factory Helper (as Cheung Cheong)
Tung-Shing Yee ... Officer Miu Chi-wah (as Derek Yee)
Tak-Cheung Tang Tak-Cheung Tang ... Quin's Drug Chef (as Tang Tak)
Bo Yuen Bo Yuen ... Cal (as Yuen Po)
Tsz Tung Tsei Tsz Tung Tsei ... Fan's Daughter (as Tsei Tsz Tung)
Christina Tang Christina Tang ... Quin's Elder Daughter
Kylie Wong Kylie Wong ... Quin's Younger Daughter
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Storyline

A special agent has for 8 years been deep undercover in Asia's lucrative organized crime trade as he plays protégé to one of the key players, Banker. Nick now has but he has started to feel loyalty to his new environment, and to the money.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Thai

Release Date:

13 February 2007 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Protégé pulls NO PUNCHES.
25 February 2008 | by angelsfangSee all my reviews

Right hook! BAM! The HK audience is knocked out!

Protégé pulls no punches at all. It is by far one of the most disturbing mainstream films I've ever seen (from Hong Kong), with certain scenes resembling those of Nicolas Cage's 8mm. This makes Protégé quite unique, and delivers a powerful and thought provoking message to those curious about hard drugs. Very Hollywood feel here.

However, I have a mixed response to the movie itself. While it's certainly not bad, it never really "wow'd" me either. It's decent, which gets it a 7 rating, and if you have the stomach for some very sick and disturbing scenes (like I said, it pulls no punches, it pushes the rating to the limit), go ahead and rent it. I think perhaps that I'm not used to seeing Daniel Wu in this sort of role, I won't reveal too much but let's just say he's come a long way in his acting career, this particular role might've been suited to someone else, someone newer and more raw. Don't get me wrong he is good, but it's very different to his more recent projects.

Daniel Wu - Good ..... Andy Lau - Good/Great ..... Louis Koo - Great ..... Jingchu Zhang - Brilliant, memorable ..... Anita Yuen - Fat! ..... The little girl - Very cute!

Oh, last but not least, watch out for the raid scene. It's friggin awesome, it's evidence that Hong Kong cinema is finally moving forward again, and it's picking up speed!


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