Film / So Close

A 2002 Hong Kong Martial Arts Movie directed by Corey Yuen. Lynn (Shu Qi) and Sue (Zhao Wei) are sisters who happen to be expert computer hackers and assassins. After Lynn discovers love, she plans on leaving the business, which Sue takes issue with. They're also dealing with a new inspector on their case, Kong Yat-hung (Karen Mok) who has gotten closer than ever to catching them (you could say she's... so close).

The movie is a relatively simple affair with good fight choreography, boatloads of Les Yay, and a fair bit of Narm Charm. Worth a look if you feel like a decent popcorn flick with a lot of She-Fu.

This film contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: The three main ladies. Lynn and Sue are both a fairly light version of a Dark Action Girl, though by the end they're unquestionably on the right side.
  • Black and Gray Morality: The main protagonists are professional killers. However, the people they're fighting for the duration of the movie are worse.
  • Cain and Abel: The Big Bad hired the girls to kill his brother in the opening so he can take over the company. He then puts a Contract on the Hitman to cover it up.
  • Caught in the Rain: Lynn and her love interest are out on their date when the rain begins, and they're mugged. Lynn is forced to reveal that she's a highly skilled assassin, and her lover shows he accepts her by running into a convenience store and microwaving water bottles to keep her warm.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The Big Bad's everything proof shield.
    • ... which is defeated by Sue using her grappling hook.
  • Hitman with a Heart: To some extent, Lynn and Sue. Played incredibly straight by the Hitman who was supposed to kill them, but instead adopted them.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: So much between Sue and Inspector Kong. Neither has a male love interest, and their first "meeting" has Sue skate by Kong repeatedly, looking like she's checking her out. And when she sends Kong a birthday cake, Kong licks the frosting off with her finger.
  • Improvised Weapon:
    • After losing her katana, Sue uses a sliced piece of bamboo in the final fight.
    • She also finishes off the Big Bad by firing her grappling hook in the head.
  • Knowledge Broker: One of the police's contacts is an information broker who wears dozens of radios so he can hear everything.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: One of the major fight scenes is Lynn fending off several mooks while she provides Mission Control to Sue on a mission gone wrong. Unfortunately the "multitasking" part leaves her open to getting killed by the mooks on a very important moment, when she decides to help Sue over protecting herself. As such, it is also a Last Stand and a Dying Moment of Awesome.
  • Made of Iron: Master. Gets slashed in the gut? He just puts his katana in his mouth, wraps his jacket around the wound, and keeps going.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Inspector Kong and her partner.
  • Mission Control: Sue usually acts as Lynn's mission control, though Lynn takes over for her Dying Moment of Awesome to guide Sue away from Inspector Kong. In the finale, Kong is this for Lynn.
  • No Name Given: Yasuaki Kurata's character who acts as The Heavy is only known as "Master."
  • Non-Action Big Bad: The Big Bad is just a geeky guy. The one time he picks up a weapon, he just swings wildly to vent. All the fighting goes to his mooks and dragon.
  • Nothing Personal: Lynn understands that the hit out on her is nothing personal, and doesn't blame those that took it out on her.
  • One Last Job: Lynn is planning to quit the assassination business to be with her boyfriend. Naturally, she's killed before she can quit.
  • Romantic Rain: Lynn and her love interest are out on their when it starts raining.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Inspector Kong begins as this, but becomes a protagonist when she's framed for Lynn's murder.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Inspector Kong throws her sword at the Big Bad. While it doesn't directly harm him, it keeps the doors from closing so that Sue could finish him.
  • Titled After the Song: Indirectly titled after the Carpenters' song "Close to You" which plays are various moments.