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Director in Action$
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Stephen Teo

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098398

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098398.001.0001

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From The Big Heat to Lifeline

From The Big Heat to Lifeline

(p.30) (p.31) 2 From The Big Heat to Lifeline
Director in Action

Stephen Teo

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter provides an examination of the key films in Johnnie To's career ranging from the period 1988 to 1997, The Big Heat (1988), The Heroic Trio (1993), Executioners (1993), Loving You (1995) and Lifeline (1997), which form a group of five films containing the blueprints for his later masterpieces. From this discussion, To's films can be categorized into at least four broad categories: comedy, melodrama, martial arts, and the contemporary action adventure. The action films in this period of To's career show that he is concerned not so much with death as with the idea of physical impairment. His heroes seek to fulfil their duties despite impairments or flaws due to serious illness, injury or psycho-pathological causes. The female heroes of The Heroic Trio and Executioners are super-human Others inflicting the sort of mythical violence that Gods are capable of and yet have human drives of motherhood and having babies.

Keywords:   Johnnie To, The Big Heat, The Heroic Trio, Executioners, Loving You, Lifeline, heroes, martial arts, action adventure

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