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.