Boasting Quentin Tarantino as a fan, highly acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To has truly conquered the globe, his films playing to international audiences as both commercial releases and film festival selections. In 2015, EIFF was delighted to welcome To as a guest. The festival saw him attend a special screening of his film Exiled (2006) and take part in an in-depth In Person interview with Dr David Sorfa, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh. We’ve decided to open our archive and release the video of that exclusive interview…
"...the ones I loved the most were from foreign countries, the Hong Kong gangster movies, [like] Johnnie To..."
- Quentin Tarantino
“One of the greatest action directors working in the world and one of the most excitingly prolific…”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“Mr. To has built a dazzling brilliant career out of cinematic mayhem”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Timesmub
For anyone interested in further exploring To’s work, many of his early films are currently available to view free. Amazon Prime members can enjoy Justice My Foot (1992), The Bare Footed Kid (1993), The Mad Monk (1993) and Loving You (1995). Sparrow (2008) and PTU (2003) are also available on Amazon.
Those four titles are also live at the moment on Netflix, alongside To's Loving You (1995), Lifeline (1997), Life Without Principle (2011), Blind Detective (2013), Don't Go Breaking My Heart (2011) and Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 (2014).