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Throw Down (2004)

Yau doh lung fu bong (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 8 July 2004 (Hong Kong)
A former Judo champion is given the chance to redeem himself after he befriends a competitor and an aspiring singer.

Director:

Johnnie To

Writers:

Nai-Hoi Yau (as Yau Nai Hoi), Tin-Shing Yip (as Yip Tin Shing) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Koo ... Sze-To Bo
Aaron Kwok ... Tony
Cherrie Ying ... Mona (as Cherrie In)
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Lee Kong (as Tony Leung)
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Brother Savage (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Jordan Chan ... Mona's Agent
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Master Cheng (as Lo Hoi Pang)
Calvin Choi Calvin Choi ... Jing (as Calvin Choy)
Jack Kao ... Mona's Dad (as Kao Kuo Hsin)
Albert Au Albert Au ... Judo Actor
Fan Yeung Fan Yeung ... Judo Actor (as Yeung Fan)
Chung Wing Chung Wing ... Judo Actor (as Wing Chung)
Park-Yin Kwok Park-Yin Kwok ... Judo Actor (as Kwok Park Yin)
Ka-Ho Chiu Ka-Ho Chiu ... Judo Actor (as Chui Ka Ho)
Wai Kit Cheung Wai Kit Cheung ... Judo Actor (as Cheung Wai Kit)
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Storyline

A former judo champion quits the tournament cirucit and runs a nightclub. However, when a new challenger appears as well as an old rival and a judo master in need of reviving his school, the young man must go back in training and prepare for the ultimate challenge. Written by Ninja01

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Plot Keywords:

judo | hong kong | gamble | bar | 2000s | See All (5) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese | English | Japanese | Min Nan

Release Date:

8 July 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$376,956 (Hong Kong), 9 July 2004, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Marks the third time director Johnnie To and actor Louis Koo collaborated in a director/actor relation. See more »

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Great movie and homage to Kurosawa!
4 December 2005 | by perezidential-2See all my reviews

This movie was lots of fun. If you were expecting an all-out fighting movie I can see why you'd be let down. I actually only heard about this movie last week when I borrowed it from a friend. It didn't disappoint at all. If you are a fan of early Kurosawa films (Sanshiro Sugata in particular) you'll love this. It's kind of a modern re-telling of it. Like that film, and this film, there is a sort of suspension of reality. The characters are common archetypes - the has-been master, the wayward girl, the up-and-comer, the bad guy. The film doesn't intend to be a serious drama. Even the "bad guy" really isn't bad. It's more about the spirit of competition and getting back on your feet after you've been knocked down (no pun intended).

To me the film excels in its visuals. The film is shot beautifully with vivid colors that set the mood perfectly for each scene. And the finale? A duel in the wind-swept grass! How old-school is that?! Throw Down is a great film if you go in with little or no expectations of what it's "suppposed to be like." Just sit back and enjoy the ride.


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