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Johnnie To

Highest Rated:   100% Throw Down (2004)
Lowest Rated:   31% Second Time Around (2001)
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Birthplace:   Hong Kong
It's impressive enough when a director retains the creativity and energy needed to reinvent themselves after working in the film industry for over two decades, but it's another thing entirely when -- as in the case of Hong Kong director Johnny To -- a filmmaker is almost single handedly responsible for keeping that entire industry afloat in a time of dire financial crisis. Nevertheless, when such powerhouse Hong Kong filmmakers as John Woo and Tsui Hark opted to take their trade to Western shores, To remained back home to play a key role in keeping the spirit of Hong Kong film alive -- a challenge which he greeted with not only staunch determination but considerable skill as well. Following his directorial debut with the 1980 period martial arts fantasy The Enigmatic Case, To's career came to something of an apex in the late 1980s thanks to such memorable action films as The Big Heat and tender, personal dramas like All About Ah-Long (the latter of which landed star Chow Yun-Fat a Best Actor award at the 1990 Hong Kong Film Awards). After taking the helm for such memorable action films as The Heroic Trio and directing Stephen Chow in such films as Justice, My Foot and Mad Monk in the early '90s, To moved into producing with the creation of independent film company Milky Way Films -- a company which yielded such popular Hong Kong action efforts as Nai-hoi Yau's The Longest Nite and Expect the Unexpected. Though To's production company was indeed a success, his career behind the camera was in need of some rejuvenation -- an issue which he readily addressed with the release of his highly praised 1999 crime drama The Mission. Utilizing convention as a springboard to explore new territories of characterization in the well-worn crime genre, To breathed new life into Hong Kong cinema and began to gain international attention thanks to such efforts as The Mission and the outrageous 2001 action thriller Fulltime Killer. Despite the fact that To excelled at action films, it wasn't all about the gunplay. Such projects as the lightweight New Year's comedy Fat Choi Spirit and the supernatural comedy My Left Eye Sees Ghosts proved without a doubt that he was equally adept at getting laughs from fun-loving filmgoers. It was during this period that To began to develop fruitful professional relationships with such talents as director Wai Ka-Fai and actor Andy Lau. After exploring the effects of karma among the musclebound set in the bizarre but effective 2003 action thriller Running on Karma (the film which served as the seventh collaboration between To and Lau), the director explored the effects of media violence on the public in the fast-paced action thriller Breaking News.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
92% Three (Saam Yan Hang)
  • Director
$0.2M 2016
No Score Yet Trivisa (Chu Tai Chiu Fung)
  • Producer
2016
88% Office (Hua li shang ban zu)
  • Producer
  • Director
2015
No Score Yet Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2
  • Director
2014
94% Drug War
  • Director
  • Producer
$66.7k 2013
44% Blind Detective (Man Tam)
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Motorway (Che sau)
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet Romancing in Thin Air (Gao hai ba zhi lian II)
  • Producer
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Punished (Bou ying)
  • Producer
2011
80% Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Daan gyun naam yu)
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet Life Without Principle (Dyut Meng Gam)
  • Director
2011
91% Vengeance (Fuk sau)
  • Producer
  • Director
2010
No Score Yet Yi ngoi (Accident)
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet Kei tung bou deui: Yan sing (Tactical Unit: Human Nature)
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet Tactical Unit: Comrades in Arms
  • Producer
2009
81% Mad Detective
  • Producer
  • Director
2008
93% Man Jeuk (The Sparrow) (Cultured Bird)
  • Director
  • Producer
2008
No Score Yet Hu die fei (Flying Butterfly) (Linger)
  • Director
2008
50% Triangle (Tie saam gok)
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Hooked on You
  • Producer
2007
96% Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai)
  • Director
  • Producer
2007
79% Fong juk (Exiled)
  • Director
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet 2 Become 1
  • Producer
2006
76% Daai si gin (Breaking News)
  • Director
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet The Shopaholics
  • Director
2006
86% Election (Hak se wui)
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2005
No Score Yet Yesterday Once More
  • Producer
  • Director
2004
100% Throw Down
  • Producer
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Daai chek liu (Running on Karma) (An Intelligent Muscle Man)
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Producer
2003
No Score Yet Heung joh chow heung yau chow (Turn Left, Turn Right)
  • Director
2003
57% PTU (PTU - Police Tactical Unit)
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Director
2003
56% Fulltime Killer
  • Producer
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Love for All Seasons
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
  • Producer
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Kei fung dik sau (Qi feng di shou) (Looking For Mr. Perfect) (Finding Mr. Perfect)
  • Producer
2002
No Score Yet Lik goo lik goo san nin choi (Fat Choi Spirit)
  • Director
2002
31% Second Time Around
  • Producer
2001
No Score Yet Running Out of Time 2
  • Director
  • Producer
2001
No Score Yet Wu Yen
  • Producer
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Love on a Diet (Sau san naam neui)
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Tian you yan (Comeuppance)
  • Executive Producer
2000
No Score Yet Spacked Out (Mo yan ka sai)
  • Producer
2000
60% The Mission
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Producer
2000
No Score Yet Needing You (Goo naam gwa neui)
  • Producer
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Help!!!
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Running Out of Time
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet Where a Good Man Goes (Joi gin a long)
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1999
No Score Yet A Hero Never Dies
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1998
No Score Yet Expect the Unexpected (Fai seung dat yin)
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1998
No Score Yet Odd One Dies
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet Shi wan huo ji (Fireline) (Lifeline)
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Beyond Hypothermia
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1996
No Score Yet Tian ruo you qing III: Feng huo jia ren (A Moment of Romance III)
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet Mou mei san taam (Loving You)
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet Zhi zu wu shang II yong ba tian xia (Casino Raiders II)
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Executioners
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Chai gong (Mad Monk)
  • Director
1993
78% The Heroic Trio (Dung fong saam hap)
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet The Barefooted Kid
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Ti dao bao (Lucky Encounter)
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet Tian ruo you qing II: Zhi tian chang di jiu (A Moment of Romance II)
  • Producer
1992
No Score Yet Justice, My Foot!
  • Director
1992
71% Operation Condor (Fei ying gai wak) (Armour of God II)
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Sha Tan-Zi yu Zhou Shih-Nai (Son of the Beach) (The Royal Scoundrel)
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Ai de shi jie (The Story of My Son)
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet All About Ah Long
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Dak ging 90 (The Iron Butterfly)
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet The Big Heat
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet The Eighth Happiness
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet Seven Years Itch
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Happy Ghost III
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Bi shui han shan duo ming jin (The Enigmatic Case)
  • Director
1980

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