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Johnnie To Kei-Fung's PTU

Michael Ingham


PTU is an underappreciated noir masterpiece by one of Hong Kong's most prolific and commercially successful directors. Johnnie To Kei-fung has been called the poet of post-1997 and the economic savior of the Hong Kong film industry for an extraordinary range of films produced during some of Hong Kong cinema's most difficult years. While many of To's celebrated films—such as Election, Exiled, and The Mission—feature themes of criminal glory and revenge, PTU centers on the ethical dilemmas, personal dramas, and stoic teamwork in the elite Police Tactical Unit. The story follows the PTU's all-nig ... More

Keywords: PTU, noir, To Kei-fung, Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, SARS panic, economic despair, identity crises

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9789622099197
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099197.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Ingham, author