Notable Cast: Huang Xuan, Duan Yi-Hong, Zu Feng, Lang Yue-Ting, David Wang Yao-Qing, Xing Jia-Dong, Wang Yan-Hui
With a title like Extraordinary Mission, it was easy for me to assume that this film would be much more along the lines of a cheesy action film in the veins of Switch, The Adventurers, or even Kung Fu Yoga. However, that’s just based on the title. Cause, you know, it’s kind of a tongue-in-cheek title. While there are certainly elements of the cheesy film that Extraordinary Mission could have been through its plotting and occasionally 80s Hong Kong action inspired action, the film is much more serious and artistic than expected. It’s still entertaining and often dramatically effective, but it does occasionally struggle in balancing it all and comes off as uneven. For Chinese action fans, it’s still a film that hits a lot of the right buttons, but it’s also one that’s torn between two worlds.
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From there, Extraordinary Mission is all about the execution of its design in the items on the screen. The performances are often nuanced and deeper than expected, particularly from the “villains” of the film which range from scarred drug dealers nesting in the jungles to corrupt police officers, and when the film gives them the time to develop it creates a fascinating web of deceit for the film to exist in. The same goes for the action sequences, which will occasionally burst out of the thriller foundations into some tense car chases or brutal gun battles, and Mak and Poon shoot them with an obvious love for the HK style of over the top moments done with artistic intent.
Written By Matt Reifschneider