Throw Down (2004)




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Movie Info

A man who gave up on himself is redeemed by new and unexpected challenges in this drama from Hong Kong filmmaker Johnny To. Sze-To (Louis Koo) was once a respected judo champion, but he became jaded and lost interest in the sport. Now, Sze-To is an alcoholic who runs a night club and wastes his spare time by spending a massive bankroll he stole from a rival in fight promotion on gambling and liquor. When Sze-To learns that the judo master who was his mentor and teacher has died, it knocks a hole in the wall of booze and despair he's built around himself, and soon two new challenges present themselves. Mona (Cherrie Ying) is an aspiring singer trying to break away from her overly controlling father who arrives at Sze-To's club looking for a gig -- and won't go away until she gets one. And Tony (Aaron Kwok) is a young martial arts prodigy who has heard of Sze-To's former skills in the judo ring; eager to test his skills against a true master, Tony challenges Sze-To to a match, encouraging Sze-To to begin familiarizing himself again with the art of the gentle way.
Art House & International , Drama
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China Star Entertainment


Louis Koo
as Sze-To Bo
Aaron Kwok
as Tony
Cherrie In
as Mona
Siu-Fai Cheung
as Brother Savage
Jordan Chan
as Mona's Agent
Lo Hoi Pang
as Master Cheng
Jack Kao
as Mona's Dad
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Critic Reviews for Throw Down

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Bursting with gangsters, gambling and human weakness in general, Johnnie To's Throwdown is so strange and idiosyncratic that it's almost surreal.

Full Review… | July 22, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The absolute best neo-samurai judo farce in town.

July 19, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

Throwdown may not be top-drawer To, but it's still a good introduction to a director who deserves attention.

Full Review… | August 2, 2005
Film Journal International

The film is as beautiful as it is unpredictable.

Full Review… | July 22, 2005
TV Guide

A compelling remix of aesthetic showmanship and human movement.

Full Review… | July 19, 2005
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Throw Down

A pleasant surprise, Adoring & filled with memorable sequences, Feels a bit rushed near the end but overall this is truly what a feel-good movie should be like

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


One of my favorite movies of all time, and i'm dead serious. Loved every minute of it, only someone bitter with life could dismiss this movie so easily.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


simple plot...deep undertones..inspirational and uplifting message..another fine off-beat Johnny To offering...the scene running in the streets with the money flying of the most memorable cinematic experiences all comes together for the viewer at the film's conclusion.

alan jay
alan jay

Super Reviewer

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