films seen
55
average score
3.12*
nationality
Hong Kong - 64 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Master of the Hong Kong Triad cinema, though To's arsenal is way broader than the crime films that brought him international fame. Offbeat soundtracks, stylish cinematography and absurd touches make his films stand out from the competition.

Rare treats

Sparrow poster

Sparrow

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Man Jeuk
Specifics
Hong Kong [2008] - 87 mins
Genre
Crime, Comedy
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4.5*/5.0*

To's passion for the job shows in every scene, in every choice and in every detail. The film has its very own, unique flow and knows to charm from the first minute.

Mad Detective poster

Mad Detective

by Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Also known as
Sun Taam
Specifics
Hong Kong [2007] - 89 mins
Genre
Crime
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4.5*/5.0*

Together with Sparrow, To proves himself to be one of the most interesting directors in cinema today. His genre films are strong, original and seamlessly executed and seem to lack any weak points.

Exiled poster

Exiled

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Fong Juk
Specifics
Hong Kong [2006] - 110 mins
Genre
Crime, Action
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4.5*/5.0*

One of the most stylish To films. The story is simple, but the cast is first class and every single scene is a little masterpiece in itself. Exiled is a string of iconic, vintage To moments that's even more impressive the second time around. An absolute must if you're a To fan, a good film to start with if you're not.

The good stuff

Vengeance poster

Vengeance

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Fuk Sau
Specifics
Hong Kong [2009] - 108 mins
Genre
Crime
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4.0*/5.0*

A very solid film in all departments, allowing you to sink back into your couch and let the film drift over you like a warm, dark blanket.

Election 2 poster

Election 2

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Hak Se Wui Yi Wo Wai Kwai
Specifics
Hong Kong [2006] - 95 mins
Genre
Crime
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4.0*/5.0*

The ultimate proof that To can do serious crime cinema. It's a stylish and intriguing crime drama surrounding the chairman election of a Triad organization. It's a definite step up from the first film, with a powerhouse performance of Louis Koo, an amazing soundtrack and slick visuals to boot.

Drug War poster

Drug War

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Du Zhan
Specifics
China, Hong Kong [2012] - 107 mins
Genre
Crime
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4.0*/5.0*

If you like the HK police flicks Drug War is one of the best offerings around. It's a stylish, tense and strong crime flick, helmed by one of the most seasoned crime cinema veterans.

Blind Detective poster

Blind Detective

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Man Tam
Specifics
Hong Kong [2013] - 127 mins
Genre
Crime, Comedy
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4.0*/5.0*

The package is stylish, quirky and fun at the same time. In the end I prefer To's more arthouse-oriented work, but a film like this is a welcome diversion, especially when executed so wonderfully.

Throw Down poster

Throw Down

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Yau Doh Lung Fu Bong
Specifics
Hong Kong [2004] - 95 mins
Genre
Drama, Action
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4.0*/5.0*

It's just a very fun and entertaining film with a good few memorable scenes. In the end it's not one of To's absolute bests, but definitely worth watching.

PTU poster

PTU

by Johnnie To
Specifics
Hong Kong [2003] - 88 mins
Genre
Crime
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4.0*/5.0*

PTU is first class film making. Lam en Yam are good actors and know how to play their parts. The soundtrack is solid and the film is visually impressive.

Turn Left, Turn Right poster

Turn Left, Turn Right

by Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Also known as
Heung Joh Chow Heung Yau Chow
Specifics
Hong Kong [2003] - 102 mins
Genre
Romance
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4.0*/5.0*

Turn Left, Turn Right is a simple, light-hearted drama, but conceptually quite strong and pure. The film demands that you go along with its concept and leave it at that.

Flying Butterfly poster

Flying Butterfly

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Hu Die Fei
Specifics
Hong Kong [2008] - 88 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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4.0*/5.0*
Triangle poster

Triangle

by Ringo Lam, Johnnie To, Hark Tsui
Also known as
Tie Saam Gok
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2007] - 93 mins
Genre
Action, Drama
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4.0*/5.0*
Fulltime Killer poster

Fulltime Killer

by Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Also known as
Chuen Jik Sat Sau
Specifics
Hong Kong [2001] - 102 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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4.0*/5.0*

Solid pieces

Three poster

Three

by Johnnie To
Also known as
San Ren Xing
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2016] - 88 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Thriller
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3.5*/5.0*
Office poster

Office

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Hua Li Shang Ban Zu
Specifics
China, Hong Kong [2015] - 119 mins
Genre
Comedy, Musical, Romance
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3.5*/5.0*
High Altitude of Love II poster

High Altitude of Love II

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Gao Hai Ba Zhi Lian II
Specifics
China, Hong Kong [2012] - 111 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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3.5*/5.0*
Life without Principle poster

Life without Principle

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Dyut Meng Gam
Specifics
Hong Kong [2011] - 107 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
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3.5*/5.0*
Don't Go Breaking My Heart poster

Don't Go Breaking My Heart

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Daan Gyun Naam Yu
Specifics
Hong Kong [2011] - 115 mins
Genre
Romance
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3.5*/5.0*
Yesterday Once More poster

Yesterday Once More

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Lung Fung Dau
Specifics
Hong Kong [2004] - 99 mins
Genre
Comedy, Crime, Romance
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3.5*/5.0*
Breaking News poster

Breaking News

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Daai Si Gin
Specifics
Hong Kong [2004] - 90 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Drama
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3.5*/5.0*
Help!!! poster

Help!!!

by Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Also known as
Lat Sau Wui Cheun
Specifics
Hong Kong [2000] - 92 mins
Genre
Comedy
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3.5*/5.0*
Where a Good Man Goes poster

Where a Good Man Goes

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Joi Gin A Long
Specifics
Hong Kong [1999] - 90 mins
Genre
Action, Drama, Thriller
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3.5*/5.0*
Running Out of Time poster

Running Out of Time

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Am Zin
Specifics
Hong Kong [1999] - 93 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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3.5*/5.0*
A Hero Never Dies poster

A Hero Never Dies

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Chan Sam Ying Hung
Specifics
Hong Kong [1998] - 86 mins
Genre
Drama, Crime, Action
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3.5*/5.0*
The Longest Nite poster

The Longest Nite

by Tat-Chi Yau, Johnnie To
Also known as
Am Faa
Specifics
Hong Kong [1998] - 81 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Mystery
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3.5*/5.0*
Loving You poster

Loving You

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Wu Wei Shen Tan
Specifics
Hong Kong [1995] - 84 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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3.5*/5.0*
The Mad Monk poster

The Mad Monk

by Siu-Tung Ching, Johnnie To
Also known as
Chai Gong
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 89 mins
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
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3.5*/5.0*
Justice, My Foot poster

Justice, My Foot

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Sam Sei Goon
Specifics
Hong Kong [1992] - 102 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy, Drama
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3.5*/5.0*

The inoffensive

Election poster

Election

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Hak Se Wui
Specifics
Hong Kong [2005] - 100 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama, Thriller
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3.0*/5.0*
Running on Karma poster

Running on Karma

by Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Also known as
Daai Zek Lou
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2003] - 93 mins
Genre
Action, Drama, Thriller
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3.0*/5.0*
My Left Eye Sees Ghosts poster

My Left Eye Sees Ghosts

by Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Also known as
Ngo Joh Ngan Gin Do Gwai
Specifics
Hong Kong [2002] - 98 mins
Genre
Comedy, Family, Horror, Romance
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3.0*/5.0*
Fat Choi Spirit poster

Fat Choi Spirit

by Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Also known as
Lik Goo Lik Goo San Nin Choi
Specifics
Hong Kong [2002] - 96 mins
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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3.0*/5.0*
Love on a Diet poster

Love on a Diet

by Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Also known as
Sau Sun Nam Nui
Specifics
Hong Kong, Japan [2001] - 94 mins
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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3.0*/5.0*
Running Out of Time 2 poster

Running Out of Time 2

by Wing-Cheong Law, Johnnie To
Also known as
Aau Chin 2
Specifics
Hong Kong [2001] - 95 mins
Genre
Crime, Action
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3.0*/5.0*
Wu Yen poster

Wu Yen

by Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Also known as
Chung Mo Yim
Specifics
Hong Kong [2001] - 123 mins
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
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3.0*/5.0*
Needing You poster

Needing You

by Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Also known as
Goo Laam Gwa Lui
Specifics
Hong Kong [2000] - 101 mins
Genre
Romance, Comedy
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3.0*/5.0*
The Mission poster

The Mission

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Cheung Foh
Specifics
Hong Kong [1999] - 84 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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3.0*/5.0*
Casino Raiders II poster

Casino Raiders II

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Zhi Zu Wu Shang II Yong Ba Tian Xia
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 91 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Drama
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3.0*/5.0*
Heroic Trio 2: Executioners poster

Heroic Trio 2: Executioners

by Siu-Tung Ching, Johnnie To
Also known as
Xian Dai Hao Xia Zhuan
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 101 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi
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3.0*/5.0*
The Barefoot Kid poster

The Barefoot Kid

by Johnnie To, Patrick Leung, Johnny Mak
Also known as
Chik Geuk Siu Ji
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 90 mins
Genre
Action, Drama
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3.0*/5.0*
Lucky Encounter poster

Lucky Encounter

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Ti Dao Bao
Specifics
Hong Kong [1992] - 88 mins
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
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3.0*/5.0*

Worthy but flawed

Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 poster

Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Daan Gyun Naam Yu 2
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2014] - 113 mins
Genre
Romance
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2.5*/5.0*
A Moment of Romance III poster

A Moment of Romance III

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Tian Ruo You Qing III: Feng Huo Jia Ren
Specifics
Hong Kong [1996] - 95 mins
Genre
War, Romance
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2.5*/5.0*
The Heroic Trio poster

The Heroic Trio

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Dung Fong Saam Hap
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 88 mins
Genre
Action, Fantasy
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2.5*/5.0*
The Royal Scoundrel poster

The Royal Scoundrel

by Ki Yee Chik, Johnnie To
Also known as
Sha Tan-Zi yu Zhou Shih-Nai
Specifics
Hong Kong [1991] - 89 mins
Genre
Comedy
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2.5*/5.0*
The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon poster

The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Ji Xing Gong Zhao
Specifics
Hong Kong [1989] - 90 mins
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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2.5*/5.0*

Dubious filler

Love for All Seasons poster

Love for All Seasons

by Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Also known as
Baak Nin Hiu Gap
Specifics
Hong Kong [2003] - 93 mins
Genre
Comedy
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2.0*/5.0*
The Story of My Son poster

The Story of My Son

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Ai De Shi Jie
Specifics
Hong Kong [1990] - 75 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.0*/5.0*
All About Ah-Long poster

All About Ah-Long

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Ah Long dik Goo Si
Specifics
Hong Kong [1989] - 95 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.0*/5.0*
The Enigmatic Case poster

The Enigmatic Case

by Yeung-Wah Kam, Johnnie To
Also known as
Bi Shui Han Shan Duo Ming Jin
Specifics
Hong Kong [1980] - 91 mins
Genre
Action, Mystery
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2.0*/5.0*

Plain forgettable

Fireline poster

Fireline

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Shi Wan Huo Ji
Specifics
Hong Kong [1997] - 108 mins
Genre
Action, Thriller
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1.5*/5.0*
The Eighth Happiness poster

The Eighth Happiness

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Ba Xing Bao Xi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1988] - 91 mins
Genre
Comedy
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1.5*/5.0*
Happy Ghost III poster

Happy Ghost III

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Kai Xin Gui Zhuang Gui
Specifics
Hong Kong [1986] - 89 mins
Genre
Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
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1.5*/5.0*

Big nopes

The Big Heat poster

The Big Heat

by Yeung-Wah Kam, Johnnie To, Hark Tsui
Also known as
Seng Fat Dak Ging
Specifics
Hong Kong [1988] - 98 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Thriller
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1.0*/5.0*
Seven Years Itch poster

Seven Years Itch

by Johnnie To
Also known as
Qi Nian Zhi Yang
Specifics
Hong Kong [1987] - 82 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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1.0*/5.0*