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The e-book offers a finished evaluate of To's profession, focusing on his motion motion pictures, that's the style within which To has excelled.

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In the final analysis, the movie, whether one credits it to Johnnie To or to Tsui Hark, is far too determined to follow in the wake of this generic style, and much too dependent on gore to matter as a personal work. What The Big Heat represents is the necessary first step in which To had to embrace the generic forms of the Hong Kong action cinema of the 1980s in order to cross the threshold towards a more personal brand of action cinema as he entered the 1990s. The Heroic Trio and Executioners: Women Warriors and Warrior Mothers To’s next action film The Heroic Trio is probably his most well known from this period, having achieved a cult reputation in the West.

Chapter 3 deals with the Milkyway films, Beyond Hypothermia, Too Many Ways to Be Number One, The Odd One Dies, The Longest Nite and Expect the Unexpected, all of which carry To’s name as producer, but as the chapter will make clear, To in fact directed many of the films. Chapter 4 deals with A Hero Never Dies, Running out of Time, The Mission, PTU and Breaking News which carry To’s name as the solo director. All ten films feature the action stereotypes of cops and robbers, professional killers and gangsters, and there are outstanding action sequences characterized by gunplay.

75 To’s films constitute a “bastard child of art” by their very nature of unevenness: a result of his reliance on popular culture which compels him to follow the rules of whatever genre is popular, changing with the circumstances as he too attempts to change the rules of the genre. In a very real sense, the Hong Kong cinema is a changed household of artistic (and generic) bastards. ) 20 Director in Action Neale is concerned with articulating a general theory of genre; he submits that genre is a system of “structuralist auteurism” that implies, indeed celebrates, the absence of the author.

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