Johnnie To

Johnnie To was born on April 22nd, 1955 in Hong Kong.

Johnnie To was born on April 22nd, 1955 in Hong Kong. With a film career spanning over 25 years, he is one of Hong Kong’s leading directors today.

Having reached commercial success in the 80’s, To turned to more personal works in the mid-90s following the creation of his film production company Milkyway Image (HK) Ltd.

In recent years To’s stylish film aesthetic caught on in the west following film festival appearance of his works including “The Mission” and “Fulltime Killer”.

To’s “Breaking News” premiered at 2004 Cannes International Film Festival’s Official Selection program. “Throw Down” was subsequently invited to Venice International Film Festival in the same year.

“Election” was in Competition in Cannes in 2005 and went on to receive 11 nominations at the Taipei Golden Horse Award. The film won Best Picture and Best Director Awards at the 2006 Hong Kong Film Awards.

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With a film career spanning over 25 years, he is one of Hong Kong’s leading directors today. Having reached commercial success in the 80’s, To turned to more personal works in the mid-90s following the creation of his film production company Milkyway Image (HK) Ltd. In recent years To’s stylish film aesthetic caught on in the west following film festival appearance of his works including “The Mission” and “Fulltime Killer”. To’s “Breaking News” premiered at 2004 Cannes International Film Festival’s Official Selection program. “Throw Down” was subsequently invited to Venice International Film Festival in the same year. “Election” was in Competition in Cannes in 2005 and went on to receive 11 nominations at the Taipei Golden Horse Award. The film won Best Picture and Best Director Awards at the 2006 Hong Kong Film Awards.

Filmography

 

Poster for the movie "Chasing Dream"

Chasing Dream

A young man and woman are meeting each other and establishes a special relationship due to debt problems. Him, finds that her have a singing talent and help her develop a singing career. For its part, he also strives to become the champion of the boxing championship. Both have the same state of mind and fight for their dream. Even if they burn their lives, they will have no regrets in this life.

Poster for the movie "Needing You..."

Needing You…

Wah and Kinki both working at the same department of a computer company. Both of them are not getting on very well initially, but friendship develops when they get to know each other after a while. When Wah starts to realize his emergent fondness for Kinki, his ex-girlfriend reappears and plans to gain back his affection. In addition, he notices that his ex-girlfriend arranges a guy to pair up with Kinki. At the same time, … Read more

Poster for the movie "All About Ah-Long"

All About Ah-Long

Chow Yun-fat plays Ah-Long, a father living a low-class lifestyle, while trying to raise his son, Porky (Wong Kwan Yuen). The strong bond between father and son is tested when a chance encounter from Ah-Long’s ex-girlfriend (Sylvia Chang) changes the course of their lives.

Poster for the movie "Life Without Principle"

Life Without Principle

A criminal, a bank clerk and a police officer find their destinies entwined when a loan shark gets assaulted after having withdrawn $10 million from the bank in the midst of the world financial crisis.

Poster for the movie "Election 2"

Election 2

As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok (Simon Yam) faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy (Louis Koo) looks to increase his business relations with mainland China.

Poster for the movie "Election"

Election

A drama-thriller centered on a democratic election within an organized crime society.

Poster for the movie "Lifeline"

Lifeline

Johnnie To’s character-centered drama follows a Hong Kong firefighting crew as they take on harrowing rescue missions and navigate personal dilemmas.

Poster for the movie "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Mainlander & financial analyst Cheng Zixin (Gao Yuan-Yuan), who followed her then boyfriend Owen (Terence Yin) to Hong Kong, runs into her ex-boyfriend while riding the bus. Owen is now with his pregnant wife and when his wife spots Owen talking to his ex she she freaks out. Cheng hurriedly gets off the bus and, being in a daze, is almost run over by a car. A haggard drunk named Fang (Daniel Wu) then saves … Read more

Poster for the movie "Sparrow"

Sparrow

Kei (Simon Yam) is the experienced leader of a team of pickpockets — also known as “Sparrows” in HK slang. He enjoys a carefree lifestyle taking photos. One day a dashing beauty, Chun-Lei (Kelly Lin), suddenly appears in Kei’s viewfinder. Kei is mesmerized. But behind Chun-Lei’s attractive facade lies a mysterious past and a mission to set herself free.

Poster for the movie "Mad Detective"

Mad Detective

A rookie cop teams up with a former detective with a supernatural gift to hunt down a serial killer.

Poster for the movie "The Enigmatic Case"

The Enigmatic Case

Johnnie To’s directorial debut. This period martial arts mystery stars Damian Lau Chung-yan as Lu Tien-chun, an imprisoned swordsman, accused of killing three men. Lu probably would have already been executed for his crimes but is kept alive because he knows the whereabouts of some hidden gold, a secret the ruthless, one-eyed warden Hsiung Chien repeatedly tries to torture out of him. Escaping with the help of a fellow inmate (Lau Kong), Lu encounters maiden … Read more

Poster for the movie "Yesterday Once More"

Yesterday Once More

Mr. and Mrs. To are wealthy, creative jewel thieves who divorce for no apparent reason after a successful diamond heist. A year later, she’s engaged to the son of a rich woman who begrudgingly lets her son give his fiancée a family heirloom after she signs a pre-nup.

Poster for the movie "Turn Left, Turn Right"

Turn Left, Turn Right

John Liu (Takeshi Kaneshiro) is an aspiring violinist and Eve Choi (Gigi Leung) is a professional translator whose true passion is translating love poems. They live parallel lives and appear to be perfect for each other, but somehow fate seems to keep them apart. Living in different units of the same apartment building and separated by one thin wall, they never meet, because when they leave, one turns left, and one turns right.

Poster for the movie "The Mission"

The Mission

Triad boss Lung (Eddy Ko), who has just escaped being killed in an assassination attempt hires the killers Curtis (Anthony Wong), James (Lam Suet), Mike (Roy Cheung), Roy (Francis Ng) and Shin (Jackie Lui) for his protection.

Poster for the movie "Love on a Diet"

Love on a Diet

Sammi Cheng plays Mimi Mo, a young exchange student to Japan who met and fell in love with a budding pianist, Kurokawa, played by Rikiya Kurokawa. Kurokawa eventually leaves to study music in the USA and returns to Japan as a famous musician. Meanwhile, Mimi has dealt with her depression by eating and weights over 300lbs and Kurokawa doesn’t recognize her. Mimi eventually meets Fatty (Andy Lau) who helps her lose the weight so she … Read more

Poster for the movie "Fulltime Killer"

Fulltime Killer

Professional assassin O has resided in an isolated world of killing and loneliness. But his life begins to change once he meets the innocent Chin, hired to clean O’s apartment. However, soon the flamboyent and reckless Tok enters Chin’s life with a mission–to unveil O’s identity and usurp his place as the number one sharp-shooting assassin in the game.

Poster for the movie "Fat Choi Spirit"

Fat Choi Spirit

Andy is a legendary Mahjong player. Years ago Andy’s passion for Mahjong cost his family their entire fortune, his brother Louis then turned against him. Thus now Louis suffers from economy downturn. Andy offers to take care of him and their aging mother. Meanwhile, Louis is being trapped by a job interview supervisor and her cons, Sean. Andy revenged Sean by beating him at the game table. Gigi, Andy’s ex-flame, is increasing disappointment in Andy’s … Read more

Poster for the movie "Wu yen"

Wu yen

Lost in the woods, the Emperor Qi (Anita Mui) stumbles across local chief Wu Yen (Sammi Cheng), his predestined bride, only to accidentally free a promiscuous fox fairy (Cecilia Cheung) who promptly falls in love with both of them, changing between man and woman to clumsily woo each, setting the scene for a constantly shifting triangle with the emperor torn between both the fox fairy and Wu Yen and the fox fairy after whichever one … Read more

Poster for the movie "Help!!!"

Help!!!

A trio of idealistic young doctors take on a corrupt, ineffective hospital management more interested in saving dollars than lives. Sub-plots crop up in the form of a love triangle, an electrical blackout, and a major car accident.

Poster for the movie "Expect the Unexpected"

Expect the Unexpected

In this “cops and robbers” film, a raid on a jewelry store staged by a band of amateur hold-up artists goes horribly wrong, leading to a shoot-out. The elite Organized Crime Bureau team, headed by Captain Ching King Gen, is poised to go into action at a moment’s notice. Working as a unit, they bring law and order to Hong Kong streets, where they must rely on their courage and skills to survive.

Poster for the movie "A Hero Never Dies"

A Hero Never Dies

Jack and Martin are members of rival Chinese triads in the middle of a gang war. Both of their gang leaders like to get advice from a fortune teller living in Thailand. On one such trip, Martin’s gang ambushes Jack’s at a Thai hotel. There is a spectacular shootout, in which both Martin and Jack are severely wounded. The leader of Jack’s gang was at the hotel, unlike Martin’s, and escapes. Afterwards, both gang leaders, … Read more

Poster for the movie "PTU"

PTU

Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague’s missing gun. Two years in the making, Johnnie To’s police thriller PTU focuses on just a single night’s action. Scruffy police sergeant Lo (Lam Suet) stumbles into a gangland mess when he visits a restaurant early in the evening.

Poster for the movie "Exiled"

Exiled

A friendship is formed between an ex-gangster, and two groups of hitmen – those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him. Synopsis The time is 1998. The setting is Macau. Every living soul jumps at every chance to make quick money before the Portuguese colony ushers in a new era under the Chinese rule. For the jaded hit men, they wonder where this journey will end. Against this background … Read more

Poster for the movie "Three"

Three

Realising that he will be defeated in no time during a police showdown, a thug shoots himself to force the cops to cease fire and take him to the hospital. In the hospital, he claims human rights to refuse immediate treatment in order to buy time for his underlings to rescue him. The detective in charge sees through his scheme but decides to play along so as to capture his whole gang once and for … Read more

Poster for the movie "Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2"

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2

Hong Kong action auteur Johnnie To indulges his silly side with this hilariously inventive sequel to his hit romantic comedy, about two former lovers who find themselves irresistibly drawn back together — despite the fact that each of them is engaged to someone else.

Poster for the movie "Running on Karma"

Running on Karma

A monk turned body-builder, with the gift to see into people’s lives, befriends a female cop, and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny.

Poster for the movie "Romancing in Thin Air"

Romancing in Thin Air

After his new bride dumps him at their wedding reception, a heartbroken actor (Louis Koo) winds up in the Himalayas, where he meets and falls in love with a widowed fan (Sammi Cheng).

Poster for the movie "Drug War"

Drug War

The taciturn police commander Zhang leads an undercover drugs team and in his continuous battle against the ubiquitous drug barons, takes up arms against his arch enemy, Timmy Choi. When he gets hold of Choi, he makes a deal with him: in exchange for his life (in China you can get the death penalty for producing only 50 grams of drugs) the young criminal will help the police infiltrate a sizeable drug network.

Poster for the movie "Blind Detective"

Blind Detective

A cop is forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector – who believes he has acute senses – they team up in hope to solve the case.

Poster for the movie "Throw Down"

Throw Down

A former Judo champion is given the chance to redeem himself after he befriends a competitor and an aspiring singer.