3.5, Hong Kong/China


New York Asian Film Festival2006 / Johnnie To > A calculated work of art, Exiled is a treat to those who enjoyed The Mission by To. With the same actors in tow, the film features several classic Hong Kong-style shootouts as its main entree while serving up themes of loyalty, debt and brotherhood as its appetizers. What’s for dessert, then? How about a sweet soundtrack accompanied by beautiful, angular shots that make this a memorable viewing, even if the underlying plot is superficial at best.