Reflections on Surface Culture in The Mission (1999) [DCCFF 2017]

One of Johnnie To’s breakout films, The Mission plays like an insider’s view on Hong Kong gangster cinema. If John Woo – the filmmaker who was globally synonymous with the genre before To’s arrival – […]

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on Aug, 30 · in Features

Preview – Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017, TIFF Bell Lightbox, June 23-25

In partnership with Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society with support from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto (HKETO), Reel Asian presents Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema […]

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on Jun, 09 · in Announcements

Love on a Diet (Hong Kong, 2001)

This doesn’t happen as often anymore, but back in the early 2000s, Johnnie To would space out his highly stylized crime thrillers with crowd pleasing romantic comedies. In interviews, the Hong Kong filmmaker would often […]

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on Jan, 23 · in Reviews

To Dreams of Kurosawa; or, Space of Authorship and Homage in Johnnie To’s Throwdown (2004)

Between the last shot of Throwdown and its ending credits, Johnnie To reveals a dedication: ‘A Salute to Akira Kurosawa, the Greatest Filmmaker.’ This video essay is my attempt at not only drawing out a […]

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on May, 25 · in Video Essay

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