The Mission (1999 film)

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For the movie regarding jesuit priests in South America of the 1750s, see The Mission (1986 film).
The Mission
Directed by Johnnie To
Produced by Johnnie To
Written by Yau Nai-Hoi
Milkyway Creative Team
Starring Anthony Wong
Francis Ng
Jackie Lui
Roy Cheung
Lam Suet
Simon Yam
Music by Chung Chi Wing
Cinematography Cheng Siu-Keung
Edited by Chan Chi Wai
Distributed by International Films Enterprise Ltd.
Release dates
  • 19 November 1999 (1999-11-19)
Running time
84 mins
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

The Mission (Chinese: 鎗火) is a 1999 Hong Kong crime film produced and directed Johnnie To, and starring Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Jackie Lui, Lam Suet, and Simon Yam.[1]


Triad boss Lung (Eddy Ko), who has just escaped being killed in an assassination attempt hires the killers Curtis (Anthony Wong), James (Lam Suet), Mike (Roy Cheung), Roy (Francis Ng) and Shin (Jackie Lui) for his protection.


Film producers Roy Lee and Doug Davison, along with their production company Vertigo Entertainment, have planned an American remake of The Mission which is to be distributed by Universal Pictures, with Peter Berg as the film's director.[2]


The Mission was well received. In a 2004 interview with director Johnnie To for the website GreenCine, Sean Axmaker states that The Mission is "the best crime film to come from Hong Kong in years. It's austere and still, beautifully composed and tense, and the characters are professional and efficient, positioning themselves for efficiency and communicating and interacting silently while on the job."[3] Similarly, an overview of To's body of work that precedes an interview for the magazine Cineaste refers to the film as "To's masterpiece,"[4] "a brilliantly conceived, shot, and edited gangster film."[5]

In 2014, Time Out polled several film critics, directors, actors and stunt actors to list their top action films.[6] The Mission was listed at 86th place on this list.[7]


  1. ^ Crow, Jonathan. "The Mission (1999)". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ The Mission (2007) - Movie Details - Cast & Crew, Photos & Trailer - The Movie Insider
  3. ^ GreenCine: Interview with Johnnie To
  4. ^ Cineaste: Interview with Johnnie To
  5. ^ Cineaste: Interview with Johnnie To
  6. ^ "The 100 best action movies". Time Out. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The 100 best action movies: 90-81". Time Out. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 

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