Twins Mission (2007)

The pop group, The Twins, are featured in a film called Twins Mission. The title may be a little misleading; this is not a movie about the pop group on a mission. The filmmakers have the "twin" thing working on a bunch of different levels, some more clever than others. There are two important things to note about Twins Mission. One is that it is undeniably entertaining and second is that this film is most representative of the current state of the motion picture arts in Hong Kong, whether you like it or not. I like it.

The opening sequence features Jacky Wu Jing and Sammo Hung playing Shaolin monks who are transporting a magical talisman via railway. The eagle from Running Out of Time 2 makes a return appearance as the camera swoops around the train as it speeds through the mountains. Breathtaking visuals by cinematographer Ko Chiu-Lam and clever exposition draw the viewer into a mysterious scenario that explodes into a furious action set piece as the monks are attacked by a cadre of fighters, who happen to be twins lead by an evil Yuen Wah.

The movie is a nice effort for first time director Benz Kong To-Hoi, an inventive action director who has worked for twenty plus years on many diverse films. He shares Action Direction duties with another long time industry veteran Chui Siu-Ming, who was a child actor in the Sixties, a writer, an action director, and a director in the Eighties and Nineties. Mr. Chui also co-wrote and produced this project.

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