Born in Hong Kong, Johnnie To has directed more than 50 films including Breaking News, Election, Election 2, Exiled, Mad Detective, Blind Detective, Office, which all played at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Join the celebration of the Hong Kong cinema legend at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto with film series Johnnie To: Expect the Unexpected – a retrospective of the director’s eclectic body of work. From action films to romantic comedies and satirical musicals, this film series will highlight To’s incredible range. The series runs from October 26 to December 28, 2017 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. By the way, Johnnie To will also be in attendance to introduce the first four films in the series.
Here are just a few films that you won’t want to miss! but be sure to check out the complete list at TIFF.net
ELECTION (2005) starring Simon Yam, Tony Leung Ka-fai. rival gang kingpins are vying to become the new leader of one of the city’s oldest triad societies, the one preaching rational, business-like management, the other embracing a cult of charismatic personality and expected violence.
ELECTION II: HARMONY IS A VIRTUE (2006) starring Louis Koo. Following the events of Election, triad member Jimmy Lee tries to launch a legitimate business enterprise in China, but soon discovers that the only way to “go straight” is to embrace his gangster heritage.
OFFICE (2015) starring Chow Yun-fat, Sylvia Chang and Wang Ziyi. A conceptual musical, Office is about the chairman and CEO of a company whose imminent listing on the stock exchange is jeopardized when its long-concealed dirty laundry suddenly looks likely to be aired; matters are further complicated by the arrival of an idealistic new employee
THREE (2016) starring Wallace Chung, Louis Koo, This thriller is about a criminal who is accidentally shot in the head during a police interrogation. Transported to hospital, he refuses surgery as a stall while he waits to be rescued by his accomplices; meanwhile, the cop in charge plays along in hopes of catching the entire gang in one go.
RUNNING ON KARMA (2003) Starring Aaron Kwok, Louis Koo, Cherrie Ying, and Tony Leung Ka-fai. A tribute to Akira Kurosawa’s early judo film diptych Sanshiro Sugata, Throw Downfocuses on Szeto (Louis Koo) an ex-judo champion turned alcoholic club owner; cocky young fighter Tony (Aaron Kwok), who seeks out Szeto to challenge him to a duel; and aspiring singer Mona (Cherrie Ying), who takes refuge from her manager and would-be pimp in Szeto’s club.