Hong Kong Nocturne: The Films of Johnnie To

5/29/08 to 6/27/08

“One of the greatest action directors working in the world . . . (Johnnie) To has built a dazzling brilliant career out of cinematic mayhem” (N.Y. Times). This series samples the gritty gangster sagas, like Election, that have gained To international notoriety, as well as his over-the-top fantasies that unchain genre filmmaking from the tethers of reality.

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Past Films

  • Mad Detective

    • Friday, June 27 8:40 pm

    Lau Ching-wan is a cop who can sense the paranormal in a “wild, hilarious, and thoroughly disturbing entertainment.”-Vancouver Film Festival

  • Exiled

    • Saturday, June 21 8:45 pm

    Nattily attired hitmen square off in scenic Macao in this “enjoyable action thriller with a bracing touch of political satire.”-Manchester Guardian

  • Election

    • Wednesday, June 18 6:30 pm

    Two gangsters campaign (and kill) to win a triad election in this gunless thriller with “a Shakespearean hue, and a rich political and moral subtext.”-N.Y. Times

  • Triad Election

    • Wednesday, June 18 8:30 pm

    An over-educated, money-obsessed hoodlum gets sucked into triad (and governmental) deceits in this Darwinian-capitalist satire and “exemplary gangster thriller.”-N.Y. Times

  • Breaking News

    • Thursday, June 12 7:00 pm

    A police-versus-gunmen showdown turns into media warfare in this Cannes-selected thriller, a Dog Day Afternoon on the streets of Hong Kong.

  • Throw Down

    • Wednesday, June 11 7:30 pm

    Aaron Kwon seeks judo guidance from ex-champion, now-drunkard Louis Koo in To's sweet-natured remake of Kurosawa's Sanshiro Sugata. “The absolute best neo-samurai judo farce in town.”-Village Voice

  • Running on Karma

    • Wednesday, June 4 7:30 pm

    Andy Lau is a Buddhist monk turned male stripper who can see past lives and predict the future in To's crazed superhero genre mash-up. Like Spider-Man rewritten by the Dalai Lama.

  • The Mission

    • Thursday, May 29 6:30 pm

    Five gunmen must unite to keep a triad boss alive. A neon-lit tribute to Hawks, Mann, and Kurosawa's Seven Samurai.

  • Fulltime Killer

    • Thursday, May 29 8:15 pm

    Two killers battle for supremacy in this comic-book montage of film tributes and pulp-novel conceits that makes Tarantino look like Bresson.