THROW DOWN: Johnnie To’s 2004 Thriller Slams Onto Blu-Ray From Criterion This Fall
Criterion’s latest Hong Kong cinema flex comes by way of Johnnie To’s 2004 crime drama, Throw Down. Pre-orders are now up and running for the fully-loaded Blu-Ray releasing on September 21, 2021.Louis Koo plays a former judo champion-turned-alcoholic forced to mitigate his debts with loansharks as he struggles to operate his evening bar and lounge. Crossing paths with an eager and gifted judo fighter looking to challenge him to a match, and an aspiring singer looking for fame and a way out of Hong Kong, the trio embark on a journey that runs wild with brooding drama, comedy, martial arts thrills and cinematic poetry. This one is a cult favorite among Johnnie To collectivists and Asian movie fans. It took a while for me to see it myself at some point and thankfully, you can find the film streaming at Hi-YAH! if you live in the states. Otherwise, Criterion’s offering guarantees a physical medium for the masses that’s totally worth keeping.Read the billing and specs below and pre-order your copy today!
SEPTET: THE STORY OF HONG KONG Trailer Explores The Omnibus Project From Seven Legendary Directors
With the scaled-back 25th Busan International Film Festival set to launch next month, we now have a look at the long-awaited omnibus, Septet: The Story Of Hong Kong, formerly known as Eight And A Half by most outlets.
THROW DOWN: Johnnie To’s 2004 Action Drama Gets A 4K Bodyslam Onto UK Blu-Ray In May
One of UK-based Eureka Entertainment’s more recently-announced titles now comes with a new trailer in Johnnie To’s 2004 action drama, Throw Down. The company is rolling it out on Blu-Ray from a 4K restoration on May 18, 2020, as part of their Masters Of Cinema collection.
CHASING DREAM: Don’t Miss The First Teaser For Johnnie To’s New Thriller
It’s interesting that I’m just off of Takashi Miike’s First Love and now the re-emergence of director Johnnie To (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart films, Mad Detective, Three) is back and bringing some of those same True Romance feels with his latest film, Chasing Dream.
Review: Johnnie To’s THREE, And The Intricacies Of Character
Wei Zhao (credited here as Vicki Zhao) is one of China’s more popular and richest award-winning working actors and music artists of her generation whose career in television and movies began in 1994 with “A Soul Haunted by Painting,” a romantic drama. In “Three,” we see an intense portrayal of a woman beset by her own flaws and demons, trying to sustain a balance to do the right thing for the patients she truly cares for and her own high-strung conscience. Introducing a character in her element in surgery to establish who and what she is doesn’t necessarily detract from the plot. It’s quick and painless, to coin a medical phrase. Even the surgeon’s overly dramatic moment of confronting her superior, Steven (Eddie Cheung Siu-fai), after another patient was developing complications, was being nothing but supportive and offering some calm and reasoned advice.
THREE: Johnnie To’s Explosive Suspense Thriller Gets DVD, Blu-Ray And Digital Release Dates
PLANO, TEXAS. (February 6, 2017) – Tensions mounts and bullets fly in master filmmaker Johnnie To’s (Drug War, Exiled, Election) THREE, his latest showdown between cops, robbers and everyone else caught in the crossfire. When a police sting goes bad, a cornered criminal (Wallace Chung, Drug War) makes a desperate choice: he shoots himself, forcing the officers to cease fire and rush him to the hospital. Once there, he refuses treatment, waiting for his cohorts to break him out. Caught between an obsessed cop (Louis Koo, Triad Election) and the dedicated surgeon assigned to save his life (Zhao Wei, Red Cliff), the hospital is now a battleground of deception, double-crosses and a coming onslaught of violence. The action-packed THREE explodes onto digital March 7 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD April 4 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Bonus materials offer fans two behind-the-scenes featurettes: a look at “Master Director Johnnie To” and an exploration of the “Three Complex Characters” featured in the film.
Johnnie To's THE WAR BETWEEN HUANG DI AND CHI YOU Gets A Glossy Teaser Announcement
We still have a ways to go with Hong Kong film auteur Johnnie To’s Three, Election 3, and the upcoming ensemble Hong Kong cinema anthology, 8 And A Half among others. In the meantime, you can expect more from To’s ongoing work schedule in the wake of a new announcement for The War Between Huang Di And Chi You, which is brandishing a new banner and teaser.
Some history records place the events (and to be honest, I mean Wikipedia) during the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors era with the reigning Yellow Emperor warring against the titular ancient tribal leader of the Nine Li. Judging by the teaser, it looks as if To’s approach will be a more of a fantasy-based nature, which is nonetheless welcoming for To fans.
Wai Ka Fai will also write and produce the film with a 2018 release date and casting info currently pending. Check out the announcement teaser below!
Johnnie To Headlines Alongside List Of Acclaimed Directors For An Eight-Part Hong Kong History Epic
The very fact that To‘s Hong Kong historical octology is loaded with so many names speaks with much regard to just how epic this project is going to be, as well as informative for those not too familar with the history of the bustling city and its culture. It’s not widely known what to expect of this particular project, although hopefully we’ll see some nuggets go viral along the way, although the attachmemt of the likes of Yuen, Hark, Woo, Hung and Lam have definitely garnered my interest.
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