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A rare screening of Johnnie To’s classic 2003 noir police thriller.

Country: Hong Kong China
Year: 2003
Director: Johnnie To
Starring: Simon Yam, Lam Suet, Ruby Wong, Maggie Shiu
Running time: 103 mins
Language: In Cantonese with EST
Film type: Fiction


Set against a Hong Kong that never sleeps, a stolen police gun triggers a suspenseful chain of events. Tracking down his missing gun before dawn, Sergeant Lo first has his car vandalised and is then beaten up. Suddenly he finds himself edged between two gangs on the brink of a bloodbath, whilst at the same time staving off investigations by both Vice Squad and Homicide Units embroiled in their own turf war. His only lifeline is a maverick Police Tactical Unit squad who have one night to help him find his gun.

One of multiple award-winning Hong Kong Director, Producer and Writer Johnnie To’s most acclaimed films, PTU was the winner of Best Original Screenplay at the 2003 Golden Horse Film Festival and Best Picture at the 2004 Golden Bauhinia Awards, with To winning Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards.






About Johnnie To

One of Hong Kong’s most internationally-acclaimed filmmakers, Johnnie To (born April 1955). His films, often made in collaboration with the same group of actors, screenwriters and cinematographers, frequently explore themes of friendship, fate and the changing face of Hong Kong society. Sometimes described as “multifaceted and chameleonic” due to his ability to switch tones and genres between movies, To is nonetheless seen as having a consistent style, which involves mixing subdued realism and social observation with highly stylised visual and acting elements. To heads the Hong Kong-based production company Milkyway Image with his frequent co-director Wai Ka-Fai.


Selected filmography

Chasing Dream (2019)
Office (2015)
Three (2015)
Drug War (2012)
Election 2 (2006)
Election (2005)
PTU (2003)
The Mission (1999)
Loving You (1995)
The Heroic Trio (1992)



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