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Johnnie To Kei-Fung's PTU$
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Michael Ingham

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099197

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099197.001.0001

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The Coda: What’s the Story? — Morning Glory!

The Coda: What’s the Story? — Morning Glory!

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Johnnie To Kei-Fung's PTU

Michael Ingham

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter explores the film's allegorical signifying systems and aesthetic qualities and offers a critical assessment of its continuing topicality. To a considerable extent, Stephen Teo's detailed new critical study of To's career has helped to address the paucity of critical assessment of his work to date. Teo's point about To's idiosyncrasy offers a clue to what makes PTU a film that continues to speak to people. The spirit of restless scepticism, of socio-political agnosticism but of commitment to some sort of social code—flawed as it may be—which infuses the film is recognizably Hong Kong. The chapter also notes why PTU will remain in the forefront of Hong Kong cinema, among its best films of the past 30 years.

Keywords:   PTU, allegory, topicality, Stephen Teo, To Kei-fung, Hong Kong

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