Film Series

Modern Cinema: Johnnie To

Cops and Robbers

July 20–August 6, 2017
Phyllis Wattis Theater
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Hong Kong film director and producer Johnnie To is a master of the contemporary crime film, fusing elements of minimalist French noir (especially the films of Jean-Pierre Melville), the complex narrative structure of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy, and the B-movie panache of Seijun Suzuki. Restless and prolific, he has made more than seventy films and has applied his signature style to other genres, including a musical (Johnnie To’s Office). He has shown six films at the Cannes Film Festival and received countless other nominations and awards. His films embody the sociopolitical life, criminal codes, and law enforcement conduct of Hong Kong (and now mainland China), while simultaneously resonating with the greatest films in the genre, many of which are included in this season of Modern Cinema.

Johnnie To will attend the final weekend of the program, August 3–6.

Modern Cinema, co-presented by SFMOMA and SFFILM, is and ongoing film series exploring the dynamic forces interacting between cinema’s past and present.

Modern Cinema’s Founding Supporters are Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein. Generous support is provided by Nion T. McEvoy and the Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund.

Header image: (mobile) Johnnie To, Exiled, 2006 (still); photo: courtesy Magnolia Pictures

Events in this Series

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Drug War

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 8:45 p.m.
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Stray Dog

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 6 p.m.
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Fulltime Killer

Friday, July 21, 2017, 6 p.m.
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Bound

Friday, July 21, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
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Lifeline

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 2 p.m.
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Heat

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
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Running Out of Time

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
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Where a Good Man Goes

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
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The Killing

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 5 p.m.
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Three

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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Two Men in Manhattan

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 6 p.m.
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Vengeance

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 8:15 p.m.
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Branded to Kill

Friday, July 28, 2017, 6 p.m.
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Blind Detective

Friday, July 28, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
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PTU

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
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A Hero Never Dies

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 3 p.m.
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The Harder They Come

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
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Johnnie To’s Office

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 4 p.m.
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The Sicilian Clan

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 7 p.m.
Talks

An Evening with Johnnie To

Thursday, August 3, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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Election

Friday, August 4, 2017, 6 p.m.
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Triad Election (a.k.a. Election 2)

Friday, August 4, 2017, 8:45 p.m.
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The Mission

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 2 p.m.
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The Godfather

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
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Exiled

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
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Breaking News

Sunday, August 6, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
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The Wild Bunch (Director’s Cut)

Sunday, August 6, 2017, 5 p.m.
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Life Without Principle

Sunday, August 6, 2017, 8:15 p.m.