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The Rise of Johnnie To
From fanboy favorite to internationally acclaimed filmmaker 5/6 - Page 6
Author(s) : Marie Jost
Date : 28/2/2011
Type(s) : Analysis
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People :
Johnnie To Kei Fung
Wong Kar Wai
Movies :
Breaking News
A Hero Never Dies
The Mission
Running On Karma
Throw Down
Companies :
Milkyway Image (HK) Ltd.
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2003 was a significant year for Johnnie To. Not only did it mark the return to an almost film noir treatment of police and triad subject matter with PTU, but it also saw the first of Johnnie To’s highly personal film meditations that defy easy genre categorization, Running on Karma. PTU was shown at four film festivals in 2003, Berlin, Toronto, Udine and New York. Running on Karma played Berlin and Udine. PTU should satisfy the fans of the earlier Milkyway Image work like A Hero Never Dies and The Mission. Perhaps it was envisioned that the art house crowd that had so passionately embraced Wong Kar-Wai would also champion the highly personal and idiosyncratic Running on Karma.

Running on Karma, © Milkyway Image (HK) Ltd., One Hundred Years of Film

But 2004 was to be the breakout year for Johnnie To in the West, with three of his pictures premiering at the three most prestigious international film festivals: Running on Karma (Berlin), Throw Down(Venice), and Breaking News

(Cannes). In addition, four recent Johnnie To films were showcased at the 2004 Recent Films From Hong Kong series presented at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York): Breaking News, Running on Karma, Throw Down, and PTU. In only four short years, Johnnie To’s films had gone from playing a local ad hoc fanboy film festival financed on a shoestring to being shown at one of the most prestigious locations for film screening in New York City. Johnnie To’s star was on the rise in international film circles.

PTU, © Milkyway Image (HK) Ltd., Mei Ah Films Production Co. Ltd.

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