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!
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.