Johnnie To

Throw Down

Throw Down

One of the most personal films by the prolific Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To is a thrilling love letter to both the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and the art and philosophy of judo. Amid the neon-drenched nightclubs and gambling dens of Hong Kong’s nocturnal underworld, the fates of three wandering souls—a former judo champion now barely scraping by as an alcoholic bar owner (Louis Koo), a young fighter (Aaron Kwok) intent on challenging him, and a singer (Cherrie Ying) chasing dreams of stardom—collide in an operatic explosion of human pain, ambition, perseverance, and redemption. Paying offbeat homage to Kurosawa’s debut feature, Sanshiro Sugata, To scrambles wild comedy, flights of lyrical surrealism, and rousing martial-arts action into what is ultimately a disarmingly touching ode to the healing power of friendship.

Film Info

  • Hong Kong
  • 2004
  • 95 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Cantonese
  • Spine #1092

Special Features

  • 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2004 with director Johnnie To
  • New interviews with coscreenwriter Yau Nai-hoi, composer Peter Kam, and film scholars David Bordwell and Caroline Guo
  • Short making-of documentary from 2004 featuring To and actors Louis Koo, Aaron Kwok, Cherrie Ying, and Tony Leung Ka-fai
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Sean Gilman

New cover by Jeremy Enecio

Purchase Options

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Special Features

  • 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2004 with director Johnnie To
  • New interviews with coscreenwriter Yau Nai-hoi, composer Peter Kam, and film scholars David Bordwell and Caroline Guo
  • Short making-of documentary from 2004 featuring To and actors Louis Koo, Aaron Kwok, Cherrie Ying, and Tony Leung Ka-fai
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Sean Gilman

New cover by Jeremy Enecio

Throw Down
Cast
Louis Koo
Szeto Bo
Aaron Kwok
Tony
Cherrie Ying
Mona
Tony Leung Ka-fai
Lee Kong
Eddie Cheung Siu-fai
Boss Savage
Lo Hoi-pang
Cheng
Calvin Choi
Jing
Jordan Chan
Mona's agent
Jack Kao
Mona's father
Credits
Director
Johnnie To
Presented by
Charles Heung
Yang Ying
Producers
Johnnie To
Stephen Lam
Scriptwriters
Yau Nai-hoi
Yip Tin-shing
Au Kin-yee
Action coordinator
Yuen Bun
Director of photography
Cheng Siu-keung
Editor
David Richardson
Music composer
Peter Kam
Art director
Tony Yu Hing-wah
Associate director
Law Wing-cheong
Film coordinator
Yuin Shan Ding
Judo consultant
Alamdin Karim

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Throw Down: Down but Not Out
Throw Down: Down but Not Out

Johnnie To pays homage to Akira Kurosawa in this martial arts drama about the virtue of struggle and self-improvement.

By Sean Gilman