Johnnie To, A Hero Never Dies, 1998 (still); image: courtesy Alamy

A Hero Never Dies

Saturday, July 29, 2017

3 p.m.

“Extreme, violent, and unforgiving, A Hero Never Dies is a thriller in the form of a modern-day Western — a rarified, metaphysical no-man’s-land of brutal power play in which two professional killers are caught up in a ferocious, endless fight between rival triads. To centers the film emotionally on the two hired guns — men who leave parallel lives and are joined by the same destiny, and who end up transforming their mutual esteem into a tragic alliance.”
— Sabrina Baraccetti, Far East Film Festival

“To deconstructs the genre with camera motion and abstracted color, turning the guy with a gun story into a classically symmetrical celebration of structure….A textbook example of To’s ability to infuse formalist play with emotional effect: every betrayal and sacrifice packs a wallop.”
— Shelly Kraicer

Film Details

Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese

Year: 1998
Running time: 86 min
Format: 35mm
Director: Johnnie To

Producers: Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai

Cinematographer: Cheng Siu-keung
Editor: Chan Chi-wai
Print Source: AGFA

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