Introducing the Film; Introducing Johnnie — ‘One of Our Own’

Michael Ingham

in Johnnie To Kei-Fung's PTU

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099197
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207103 | DOI:
Introducing the Film; Introducing Johnnie — ‘One of Our Own’

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Johnnie To Kei-fung has been an unobtrusive but prolific and innovative contributor to the Hong Kong cultural scene. He is an increasingly esteemed filmmaker in Hong Kong, admired among overseas aficionados of Hong Kong action films, as well as a highly experienced film producer and the creative heart of the independent film company, Milkyway Image. The study concentrates on a single work by Johnnie To, namely PTU, and seeks to explain the significance of an underestimated gem of a film, indeed something of an unsung masterpiece. The rationale for this case study of PTU is that the film is the most distinctive in the To back catalogue, the one that is hardest to place or categorize, and the one that demands most engagement, or at least concentration, from the spectator. This opening chapter introduces the reader to his work and style.

Keywords: To Kei-fung; Hong Kong; PTU; SARS; Milkyway Image

Chapter.  10517 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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