5 items from 2011
One of the the most prolific directors in Hong Kong, let alone the world, Johnnie To is a filmmaker who I’m surprised has never been asked to join the Criterion Collection with any number of his films. Until now, perhaps. Not only did IFC Films pick up his critically acclaimed film Vengeance (which was put out by Mpi Home Video) but they also recently asked him what his 10 favorite Criterion films were, which you can see right here. He’s very short and sweet as to why he loves these films, but while perusing the list, one can see his influence and how he crafts his films.
So we here at the Criterion Cast like to play guessing games and are wishful thinkers, so here’s a top 10 Johnnie To films that we wish could enter the Criterion Collection. Remember, a lot of hands are on these films, in »
- James McCormick
The first images from the action thriller The Courier have gone online. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now), the film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a mob courier who descends into the criminal underworld to find a notorious crime boss who can't be found. Hit the jump to check out the images. The Courier also stars Mickey Rourke, Josie Ho (Exiled) and Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds). Click over to Quiet Earth for more images from The Courier. Here's the official synopsis for The Courier, which is also via Quiet Earth: A million bucks, just to deliver a briefcase… The catch is delivering it to a killer as elusive as a nightmare and so feared the entire Underworld trembles at the mention of his name. But The Courier (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is no ordinary carrier. In a business that asks no questions he’s the best there is, and with the »
- Matt Goldberg
The Courier might sound and look like a blatant rip off of The Transporter, but with a great cast in Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Watchmen), Mickey Rourke (Expendables, Immortals), Josie Ho (Exiled), Til Schweiger (Inglorious Basterds, Three Musketeers) it might just hit the mark.
We've tracked down the first stills from the film and they mostly feature the film's lead Jeffrey Dean Morgan
A million bucks, just to deliver a briefcase.
The catch is delivering it to a killer as elusive as a nightmare and so feared the entire Underworld trembles at the mention of his name. But The Courier (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is no ordinary carrier. In a business that asks no questions he.s the best there is, and with the life of his only friend held to ransom there.s no way he.s missing the drop, come hell or high water.
Hounded by hitmen and hustlers, »
A man gets dressed in his bedroom; a bird flies in; he catches it and sets it loose again, only for it to return; the room is silent; the man smiles; a flute flurries over the top. Is Sparrow (2008) really a Johnnie To film? Yes – and the Exiled (2006) director is kicking it back in style. Sparrow is a nonchalant little piece, all style and little plot.
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- Matt Groizard
A question for you: how do you deal with contradictions in a director's filmography? The question becomes more complicated when talking about "workman" filmmakers like Japanese maverick Takashi Miike or Johnnie To (or, going back, of course, Howard Hawks, Raoul Walsh, William Wellman, and the lesser known)—with such prodigious output, how do audiences, critics, and the artist-workers themselves understand the instances of one film project contradicting another?
How, in the case of To, do we talk about Election and Triad Election (a.k.a. Triad Election)—critical indictments of violent genre cinema—when those films are followed up by Exiled, which proceeds to indulge those very same conventions? Or, in the case of the director of the subject of this piece, how does one look at 2004's withering time traveling anti-violence treatise Izo, and then see, several films later, 13 Assassins—as classical or old fashioned a samurai film as there ever was? »
5 items from 2011
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