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Johnnie To
Johnnie To
Kei-fung (born 22 April 1955) is a Hong Kong
Hong Kong
film director and producer. Popular in his native Hong Kong,[1] To has also found acclaim overseas. Intensely prolific, To has made films in a variety of genres, though in the West he is best known for his action and crime movies, which have earned him critical respect[2][3] and a cult following (which include Quentin Tarantino, who once said that he really loves to watch To's gangster films[4]). To's biggest international successes include Breaking News, Election, Election 2
Election 2
(a.k.a. Triad Election), Exiled, Mad Detective
Mad Detective
and Drug War; these films have appeared in a number of international film festivals, been distributed theatrically in France and the United States, and been widely sold to foreign countries. His films, often made in collaboration with the same group of actors, screenwriters and cinematographers, frequently explore themes of friendship, fate and the changing face of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
society.[5][6] Sometimes described as "multifaceted and chameleonic"[3] due to his ability to switch tones and genres between movies, To is nonetheless seen as having a consistent style, which involves mixing subdued realism and social observation with highly stylised visual and acting elements.[5] To heads the Hong Kong-based production company Milkyway Image with his frequent co-director Wai Ka-Fai.

Contents

1 Career 2 Festivals and awards 3 Filmography 4 Monographs 5 References 6 External links

Career[edit] Johnnie To
Johnnie To
began his career at age 17[1] as a messenger for the Hong Kong television studio TVB. From there To moved up the ladder, working as an executive producer and director for TV shows starting in 1973. In 1978, he shot his first theatrical feature, but continued working in television. In 1983, he directed and screen-wrote the critically acclaimed The Legend of the Condor Heroes, a dramatised TV series base on the martial art novel of the same name by Louis Cha. While working as an assistant TV director during the Shaw Studios
Shaw Studios
era, he directed All About Ah-Long
All About Ah-Long
in 1989, starring Chow Yun-fat, the film became one of the biggest box office hits in that year. In 1988, he co-directed The Big Heat, his first action movie. The film was produced by Tsui Hark. The end of the 1980s also saw some of To's biggest commercial successes, the vast majority of which were comedies. His 1988 film The Eighth Happiness
The Eighth Happiness
was that year's highest-grossing movie.[7] In 1996, To and frequent collaborator Wai Ka-Fai formed Milkyway Image, a production house that specialises in cost-efficient independent films made by To and Wai, as well their frequent collaborators from Law Wing-Cheong to scriptwriter Yau Nai-Hoi. In April 2011, it was announced that he would be a member of the jury for the main competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[8] His 2011 film Life Without Principle was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.[9] To is a member of the governing Council of the Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Arts Development Council.[10] Festivals and awards[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Johnnie To Commercially successful in his native Hong Kong, To's films have regularly appeared at international festivals, most notably in Europe and North America. Six of To's films have been featured at the Cannes Film Festival: Breaking News premiered as an Out-of-Competition midnight screening in 2004;[11] Election was shown in Competition in 2005;[12] its sequel, Election 2
Election 2
(a.k.a. Triad Election) was screened in Out-of-Competition midnight screenings in 2006, and Triangle was screened in Out-of-Competition midnight screenings in 2007; Vengeance competed for the prestigious Palme D'Or
Palme D'Or
in 2009; Blind Detective
Blind Detective
was screened in Out-of-Competition midnight screenings in 2013. At the Berlin International Film Festival, Sparrow was shown in Competition in 2008. At the Venice International Film Festival, Throw Down was screened Out-of-Competition in 2004; Exiled
Exiled
was shown in Competition at the festival in 2006; Mad Detective
Mad Detective
was shown in Competition in 2007; Life Without Principle was shown in Competition in 2011. In North America, To's films have been consistently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Mission, Fulltime Killer, PTU, Breaking News, Throw Down and Mad Detective
Mad Detective
all screened between 1999 and 2007. In 2006, Election, Election 2, and Exiled
Exiled
were screened. In 2005, To received the "Time Machine Career Achievement Award" at the Festival de Cine de Sitges, Europe's most prestigious film festival specializing in genre films. To was also honoured as a "Filmmaker in Focus" of 2007 International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2009, while Vengeance competed at Cannes, To was made an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture in recognition for his films.[13] Filmography[edit] Main article: Johnnie To
Johnnie To
filmography Monographs[edit]

Johnnie To, Director In Action – Stephen Teo Johnnie To
Johnnie To
Kei-Fung's PTU – Michael Ingham The Rise Of Johnnie To
Johnnie To
– Marie Jost

References[edit]

^ a b "Johnnie To". Green Cine. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013.  ^ "Rotten Tomatoes Profile". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 18 February 2013.  ^ a b "Senses of Cinema: The Belated Auteurism of Johnnie To". Archived from the original on 30 March 2009.  ^ Taylor, Ella (18 August 2009). "Quentin Tarantino: The Inglourious Basterds Interview".  ^ a b "Interview with Johnnie To". Cineaste. 22 April 1955. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013.  ^ "Review of Exiled
Exiled
for the Chicago Reader, by Fred Camper". Fredcamper.com. 7 September 2007. Retrieved 18 February 2013.  ^ contact@hkcinemagic.com. " Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Cinemagic: Johnnie To". Hkcinemagic.com. Retrieved 18 February 2013.  ^ "The Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes". Cannes. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2011.  ^ "Greece picks 'Unfair World' for Oscar race". The Hollywood Reporter. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012.  ^ "網頁轉駁中 Redirecting..."  ^ "Festival de Cannes: Breaking News". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2009.  ^ "Festival de Cannes: Election". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 5 December 2009.  ^ ADC congratulates Johnnie To
Johnnie To
awarded the Officer of the National Order of Arts and Letters by French Ministry of Culture / Press Releases / Information Centre / Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Arts Development Council Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

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Films directed by Johnnie To

Films

Happy Ghost III
Happy Ghost III
(1986) The Eighth Happiness
The Eighth Happiness
(1988) All About Ah-Long
All About Ah-Long
(1989) The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon (1990) Casino Raiders II
Casino Raiders II
(1991) Justice, My Foot!
Justice, My Foot!
(1992) The Bare-Footed Kid
The Bare-Footed Kid
(1993) The Heroic Trio
The Heroic Trio
(1993) The Mad Monk
The Mad Monk
(1993) A Moment of Romance III
A Moment of Romance III
(1996) Lifeline (1997) A Hero Never Dies
A Hero Never Dies
(1998) Running Out of Time (1999) The Mission (1999) PTU (2003) Breaking News (2004) Throw Down (2004) Yesterday Once More (2004) Election (2005) Election 2
Election 2
(2006) Exiled
Exiled
(2006) Linger (2008) Sparrow (2008) Vengeance (2009) Don't Go Breaking My Heart (2011) Life Without Principle (2011) Drug War (2012) Blind Detective
Blind Detective
(2013) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2
Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2
(2014) Office (2015) Three (2016)

Films with Wai Ka-fai

Needing You...
Needing You...
(2000) Wu yen
Wu yen
(2001) Love on a Diet
Love on a Diet
(2001) Fulltime Killer
Fulltime Killer
(2001) Fat Choi Spirit
Fat Choi Spirit
(2002) My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
(2002) Turn Left, Turn Right
Turn Left, Turn Right
(2003) Running on Karma
Running on Karma
(2003) Mad Detective
Mad Detective
(2007)

Co-director

The Big Heat (1988) The Royal Scoundrel
The Royal Scoundrel
(1991) Executioners (1993) Running Out of Time 2
Running Out of Time 2
(2001) Triangle (2007)

See also

Milkyway Image Filmography Awards and honors Tactical Unit series

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Milkyway Image

Films

Final Justice (1996) Intruder (1997) The Longest Nite
The Longest Nite
(1998) Expect the Unexpected (1998) A Hero Never Dies
A Hero Never Dies
(1998) Running Out of Time (1999) The Mission (1999) Needing You...
Needing You...
(2000) Wu yen
Wu yen
(2001) Love on a Diet
Love on a Diet
(2001) Fulltime Killer
Fulltime Killer
(2001) Running Out of Time 2
Running Out of Time 2
(2001) Second Time Around (2001) Fat Choi Spirit
Fat Choi Spirit
(2002) My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
(2002) Love For All Seasons
Love For All Seasons
(2003) PTU (2003) Turn Left, Turn Right
Turn Left, Turn Right
(2003) Running on Karma
Running on Karma
(2003) Breaking News (2004) Throw Down (2004) Yesterday Once More (2004) Election (2005) 2 Become 1 (2006) Election 2
Election 2
(2006) Exiled
Exiled
(2006) Eye in the Sky (2007) Triangle (2007) Hooked on You
Hooked on You
(2007) Mad Detective
Mad Detective
(2007) Linger (2008) Sparrow (2008) Tactical Unit - Comrades in Arms
Tactical Unit - Comrades in Arms
(2009) Accident (2009) Vengeance (2009) Don't Go Breaking My Heart (2011) Punished
Punished
(2011) Life Without Principle (2011) Drug War (2012) Blind Detective
Blind Detective
(2013) A Complicated Story
A Complicated Story
(2014) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2
Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2
(2014) Office (2015) Trivisa
Trivisa
(2016) Three (2016)

Filmmakers

Johnnie To Wai Ka-fai Law Wing-cheung Patrick Yau Matt Chow Cheang Pou-soi Lawrence Ah Mon Ringo Lam Tsui Hark Jeffrey Lau

Screenwriters

Yau Nai-hoi Au Kin-yee Yip Tin-shing Szeto Kam-Yuen Ivy Ho

Crew

Dennis Law Cheng Siu-Keung Martin Chappell May Mok Patrick Tam Lai Yiu-fai

See also

Tactical Unit series

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Films directed by Wai Ka-fai

Directed alone

Peace Hotel (1995) Too Many Ways to Be No. 1
Too Many Ways to Be No. 1
(1997) Fantasia (2004) Himalaya Singh
Himalaya Singh
(2005) The Shopaholics
The Shopaholics
(2006) Written By
Written By
(2009)

Directed with Johnnie To

Needing You...
Needing You...
(2000) Help!!! (2000) Love on a Diet
Love on a Diet
(2001) Fulltime Killer
Fulltime Killer
(2001) Fat Choi Spirit
Fat Choi Spirit
(2002) My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
(2002) Love For All Seasons
Love For All Seasons
(2003) Turn Left, Turn Right
Turn Left, Turn Right
(2003) Running on Karma
Running on Karma
(2003) Mad Detective
Mad Detective
(2007) Don't Go Breaking My Heart (2011)

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Golden Horse Award for Best Director

Doe Ching (1962) Li Han-hsiang
Li Han-hsiang
(1963) Li Hsing (1965) Li Han-hsiang
Li Han-hsiang
(1966) Lee Chia (1967) Bai Ching-zue (1968) Bai Ching-zue (1969) Chang Tseng-chai (1970) Ting Shan-hsi (1971) Li Hsing (1972) Cheng Kang (1973) Liu Yi (1975) Chang Pei-cheng (1976) Chang Tseng-chai (1977) Li Hsing (1978) King Hu (1979) Wang Chu-chin (1980) Tsui Hark
Tsui Hark
(1981) Alex Cheung (1982) Chen Kun-hou (1983) Johnny Mak (1984) Chang Yi (1985) John Woo
John Woo
(1986) Wang Toon (1987) Alex Law (1988) Hou Hsiao-hsien
Hou Hsiao-hsien
(1989) Yim Ho (1990) Wong Kar-wai
Wong Kar-wai
(1991) Wang Toon (1992) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(1993) Tsai Ming-liang
Tsai Ming-liang
(1994) Hou Hsiao-hsien
Hou Hsiao-hsien
(1995) Jiang Wen
Jiang Wen
(1996) Fruit Chan
Fruit Chan
(1997) Joan Chen
Joan Chen
(1998) Ann Hui
Ann Hui
(1999) Johnnie To
Johnnie To
(2000) Stanley Kwan
Stanley Kwan
(2001) Fruit Chan
Fruit Chan
(2002) Andrew Lau and Alan Mak (2003) Johnnie To
Johnnie To
(2004) Stephen Chow
Stephen Chow
(2005) Peter Chan
Peter Chan
(2006) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2007) Peter Chan
Peter Chan
(2008) Leon Dai
Leon Dai
(2009) Chung Mong-hong (2010) Ann Hui
Ann Hui
(2011) Johnnie To
Johnnie To
(2012) Tsai Ming-liang
Tsai Ming-liang
(2013) Ann Hui
Ann Hui
(2014) Hou Hsiao-hsien
Hou Hsiao-hsien
(2015) Feng Xiaogang (2016) Vivian Qu (2017)

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Film Award for Best Director

Allen Fong (1981) Ann Hui
Ann Hui
(1982) Allen Fong (1983) Yim Ho (1984) Mabel Cheung (1985) Allen Fong (1986) Ringo Lam
Ringo Lam
(1987) Stanley Kwan
Stanley Kwan
(1988) John Woo
John Woo
(1989) Wong Kar-wai
Wong Kar-wai
(1990) Tsui Hark
Tsui Hark
(1991) Jacob Cheung (192) Derek Yee (1993) Wong Kar-wai
Wong Kar-wai
(1994) Ann Hui
Ann Hui
(1995) Peter Chan
Peter Chan
(1996) Fruit Chan
Fruit Chan
(1997) Gordon Chan & Dante Lam
Dante Lam
(1998) Johnnie To
Johnnie To
(1999) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2000) Stephen Chow
Stephen Chow
(2001) Andrew Lau & Alan Mak (2002) Johnnie To
Johnnie To
(2003) Derek Yee (2004) Johnnie To
Johnnie To
(2005) Patrick Tam Kar-Ming (2006) Peter Chan
Peter Chan
(2007) Ann Hui
Ann Hui
(2008) Teddy Chan (2009) Tsui Hark
Tsui Hark
(2010) Ann Hui
Ann Hui
(2011) Longman Leung & Sunny Luk (2012) Wong Kar-wai
Wong Kar-wai
(2013) Ann Hui
Ann Hui
(2014) Tsui Hark
Tsui Hark
(2015) Frank Hui, Jevons Au, Vicky Wong (2016)

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