Mission, The (1999)

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The Mission
鎗火
Mission1.jpg
DVD Cover
Country HKG.jpg Hong Kong
Directed by Johnnie To
Release Date 1999
Language Cantonese
Studio Milky Way Image Company
Distributor International Films Enterprise
Main Cast
Character Actor
Curtis Anthony Wong
Roy Francis Ng
Shin Jackie Lui
Mike Roy Cheung
James Lam Suet
Frank Simon Yam


The Mission (Chinese title:鎗火 / Cheung Fo) is a 1999 Hong Kong crime film directed by Johnnie To about a group of five very different men who work as hired killers part time, and are brought together to protect a triad crime boss from an assassination conspiracy. Through several action set pieces, the men prove to be a great team, and begin to bond as a united group, but the five of them must point their guns at each other when it is revealed that one of them is having an affair with the wife of the crime boss they were hired to protect. The film stars Anthony Wong, Lam Suet, Simon Yam, and Francis Ng, and To won best director for the film at both the 37th Golden Horse Awards and the 19th Hong Kong Film Awards.

The following weapons were used in The Mission:

Warning: Multiple spoilers Ahead!

Contents


Handguns

Taurus PT99

Near the start of the film, James (Lam Suet) gives the group a number of pistols to use on their "mission." Curtis (Anthony Wong) chooses a Taurus PT99 as his main sidearm, which he continues to use throughout the film.

Taurus PT99 - 9x19mm.
The Taurus PT99 sits at the far left.
Curtis fires the PT99 during the mall shootout.
The PT99 sits on a table. The PT99 is distinguishable from the similar Taurus PT92 due to its adjustable sights.

Beretta Cougar Inox

Curtis's Taurus PT99 turns into a Beretta Cougar Inox (likely a non-firing model) when he protects Boss Lung during an assassination attempt.

Beretta 8000 Cougar F Inox with walnut grips - 9x21mm.
Curtis holds a Beretta Cougar Inox while protecting Boss Lung.

Beretta 92FS

James (Lam Suet) uses a Beretta 92FS as his main weapon for most of the film. In the continuity error during the mall shootout, Roy's Browning Hi-Power changes to a Beretta near the end. Also carried by some of the hired guns who try to kill Boss Lung.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm.
A hitman wields a Beretta 92FS.
A Beretta 92FS lies among the weapons.
James points a Beretta 92FS at Roy during a confrontation.
A wounded hitman holds a Beretta 92FS.

Taurus PT92

Due to continuity errors, James's Beretta turns into a Taurus PT92 during some of the shootout scenes.

Taurus PT92AF - 9x19mm
The Taurus PT92 sits on the far right.
One of Boss Lung's men holds a Taurus PT92.
James fires a Taurus PT92 during a shootout with a sniper.

Browning Hi-Power

Roy (Francis Ng) selects a Browning Hi-Power as his sidearm of choice. In a continuity error, the Hi-Power appears as Shin's gun near the end of the mall shootout instead of his Glock 17.

Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm.
Roy examines the Browning Hi-Power.
Roy fires the Browning Hi-Power during the mall shootout.
Roy empties his Browning Hi-Power.

Glock 17

Shin (Jackie Lui) uses a Glock 17 as his sidearm.

A Generation 2 Glock 17 in 9x19mm.
A Glock 17 sits among the weapons used by the bodyguards.
Shin holds the Glock 17.

M1911A1 Pistol

Mike (Roy Cheung) uses an M1911A1 pistol as his sidearm. In the film it appears that he is the best out of the group at handling pistols, proving so during the mall shootout and even engaging a sniper with his 1911A1 early in the film. He is also particular with his pistol, telling James to add two more pounds to the recoil spring when he is first given the gun. Mike later attaches a red dot sight and a compensator to his M1911A1 when confronting the hitmen at the warehouse.

Springfield Armory M1911-A1 - .45 ACP
A Springfield Armory M1911A1 lies among the other weapons used by the bodyguards.
Mike checks the slide of the Springfield Armory M1911A1.
Mike fires the Springfield Armory M1911A1.
Colt M1911A1 .45 ACP
A M1911A1 is fired.
A hitman attempts to draw his Colt M1911A1.
Mike aims a M1911A1 with a compensator and a red dot sight.

Rifles

SKS

A SKS rifle with a Choate stock, a SVD Dragunov-style flash hider, and a bipod is used by an assassin (Keiji Sato) during an assassination attempt and later during a shootout with the bodyguards. While the SKS is semi-automatic, the assassin is seen cycling the rifle's bolt after each shot.

Zastava M59/66 SKS rifle with Choate stock - 7.62x39mm
The assassin fires the SKS from a rooftop.
A close-up of the SKS's receiver.
The assassin fires the SKS without looking through the scope.



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