Johnnie To, PTU, 2003 (still); image: courtesy Mei Ah Entertainment

Film

PTU

Part of Modern Cinema: Johnnie To

“[Johnnie] To regular Simon Yam is on patrol with the Police Tactical Unit (hence the title), a uniformed psycho with few qualms about rough-housing suspects or bending the regulations to help out bumbling police detective Lam Suet, who’s lost his gun in an altercation with a group of young tear-aways….[The] point of the exercise is really the unfolding of sundry edgy night-time encounters and action set-pieces, each constructed with To’s customary patience, while his vision of Hong Kong after dark exudes an eerie calm that’s cumulatively hypnotic.”
Time Out Hong Kong’s Top 100 Hong Kong Films

“Style does not trump substance in Johnnie To’s PTU because the style is the substance… In the film’s elaborate surfaces and moody set pieces, To evokes a tremulous power dynamic between various Hong Kong gangs and police forces.”

Ed Gonzalez,
Slant



Film Details

Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Year: 2003
Running time: 85 min
Format: 35mm
Director: Johnnie To
Producer: Johnnie To
Cinematographer: Cheng Siu Keung
Editor: Law Wing-Cheong
Print Source: Mei Ah Entertainment


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