Johnnie To

  • Johnnie To – Dyut meng gam aka Life Without Principle (2011)

    Johnnie To2011-2020CrimeHong KongThriller
    Dyut meng gam (2011)
    Dyut meng gam (2011)

    Plot / Synopsis
    Hong Kong auteur and Festival favourite Johnnie To returns with Life Without Principle, a suspenseful drama starring Denise Ho, Lau Ching Wan and Richie Jen. The film takes a hard look at Hong Kong’s money-obsessed culture through three characters whose destinies collide one fateful day.

    Teresa, a customer service manager at a bank, is under pressure to make her sales quota with a high-risk investment fund. Although she knows the sale is only for the bank’s benefit, she pitches it to some of her clients, including a shady loan shark and a clueless housewife.Read More »

  • Tat-Chi Yau & Johnnie To – Fai seung dat yin AKA Expect the Unexpected (1998)

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    Fai seung dat yin (1998)
    Fai seung dat yin (1998)

    In this “cops and robbers” film, a raid on a jewelry store staged by a band of amateur hold-up artists goes horribly wrong, leading to a shoot-out. The elite Organized Crime Bureau team, headed by Captain Ching King Gen, is poised to go into action at a moment’s notice. Working as a unit, they bring law and order to Hong Kong streets, where they must rely on their courage and skills to survive.Read More »

  • Johnnie To – Dung fong sam hap AKA The Heroic Trio (1993)

    Johnnie To1991-2000ActionFantasyHong Kong
    Dung fong sam hap (1993)
    Dung fong sam hap (1993)

    The all-female Heroic Trio are Tung (Wonder Woman), Chat (Thief Catcher), a mercenary, and Ching (Invisible Woman). Initially, they’re on opposing sides – the invisible Ching is kidnapping newborn male babies for her evil master, Tung is trying to solve the crime (rather more effectively than her policeman husband, who is unaware of her secret identity), and Chat, who was formerly employed by Ching’s evil master, is trying to sell her services and inside knowledge to the police. But all three have something in common buried deep in their past…Read More »

  • Johnnie To – Shi wan huo ji AKA Lifeline (1997)

    Johnnie To1991-2000ActionDramaHong Kong
    Shi wan huo ji (1997)
    Shi wan huo ji (1997)

    Follows the lives of firefighters as they deal with joys and hardships, both on the job and with their own personal lives.Read More »

  • Johnnie To – Sam Sei Goon AKA Justice, My Foot! (1992)

    Johnnie To1991-2000ComedyHong KongMartial Arts
    Sam Sei Goon (1992)
    Sam Sei Goon (1992)

    Sung Shih Chieh, a brilliant, but somewhat shifty lawyer who uses his verbal dexterity in the pursuit of cash, not justice. His kung-fu kicking wife frowns on his success as it has had a terrible karmic price: all twelve of their infant sons have died prematurely. Sung agrees to leave his legal chicanery behind, but a murder case involving Madame Chou arrives on his doorstep. Sung is pulled out of self-imposed retirement by this sensational case, and the Qing Dynasty legal world had better watch out!Read More »

  • Johnnie To – Dung fong saam hap AKA The Heroic Trio (1993)

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    Story: Several infants have been kidnapped all over the city during the last few weeks, the police are without a clue to finding the criminals responsible. The police increase the security in the hospital but it is not use as the children are being taken away by some mysterious invisible force. Luckily a mysterious hero known only as Wonder Woman saves one of the children while the other is taken away. The father of the missing child is a high placed police officer who hires the services of a woman named Chat, she is a professional bounty hunter. Through a strange twist of events Chat and Wonder Woman end up working together against a far greater treat than just a simple kidnapper.Read More »

  • Johnnie To – Gao hai ba zhi lian II AKA Romancing in Thin Air (2012)

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    In a rare, but much welcome change of pace, Johnnie To came off the back of 2009’s disappointing multinational crime thriller, VENGEANCE, with two relatively light and fluffy romances. DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART successfully navigated a complex and hard-to-predict love triangle through the tumultuous financial tsunami that hit Hong Kong harder than most. While the next film to be released in cinemas bearing To’s directorial moniker was LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE, a similarly finance-obsessed work, it was a project To had in fact been tinkering with for a number of years already. Instead, once DON’T GO BREAKING… had been completed, the Milkyway Image crew headed north into the mountains of Yunnan, where Louis Koo and Sammi Cheng would star in snowbound love story, ROMANCING IN THIN AIR.Read More »

  • Tat-Chi Yau & Johnnie To – Am faa AKA The Longest Nite (1998)

    Johnnie To1991-2000ActionHong KongTat-Chi YauThriller

    A bloody gang warfare is prevailing in Macau. When the rumor makes its rounds, that legendary boss Mr. Hung is coming back to Macau and wants to regain his power, the bosses of two rivalling gangs, Mr. K and Lung, decide to lay their difficulties aside and work together.Read More »

  • Johnnie To – A Lang de gu shi AKA All About Ah Long (1989)

    Johnnie To1981-1990DramaHong Kong

    A father’s ex-girlfriend resurfaces after a 10-year absence wanting to take her son away from him. With his world shattered, he must decide between what is best for his son and his own future happiness.Read More »

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