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 Essays

Johnnie To’s Shadowplay: A Cinema of Space and Orientation

This video essay is the first in a multipart series on Johnnie To’s ‘nocturnal’ films of the 2000s. Modern-era Hong Kong cinema is about many things, thematically and audio/visually, but arguably a constant is how […]

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on Mar, 08 · in Video Essays

CRIME: Hong Kong Style, HOME, Manchester, UK

The crime cinema of Hong Kong has always had a distinctive flavor with its iconic star personas, vibrant filmmaking technique, and unique urban milieu defined by cultural intersections. Even during particularly fallow periods for the local industry, the […]

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on Jan, 22 · in Features

PTU (Hong Kong, 2003)

The crime genre has been a staple of Hong Kong cinema since the 1980s with both cops and criminals being the focus of these films, as well as their violent actions. Ringo Lam and John […]

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on Feb, 09 · in Reviews

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