Johnnie To
Name: Johnnie To
Occupation: Director
Gender: Male
Birth Day: April 22, 1955
Age: 65
Birth Place: Hong Kong, China
Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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Johnnie To

Johnnie To was born on April 22, 1955 in Hong Kong, China (65 years old). Johnnie To is a Director, zodiac sign: Taurus. Nationality: China. Approx. Net Worth: Undisclosed.

Trivia

His 2011 film Life Without Principle was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.

Net Worth 2020

Undisclosed
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Before Fame

As a teenager, he was a messenger for the Hong Kong television studio TVB.

Biography

Actor

  • Sha Sha Jia Jia zhan qi lai | (1991)

Director

  • Three (2016) | Saam Yan Hang (2016)
  • Office (2015)
  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 | Dan Shen Nan Nv 2 (2014)
  • Drug War | Duzhan (2013)
  • Blind Detective (2013)
  • Romancing in Thin Air (2012)
  • Life Without Principle | Dyut meng gam (2011)
  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart | Daan gyun naam yu (2011)
  • Vengeance (2009)
  • The Sparrow | Man jeuk (2008)
  • Linger | Hu die fei (2008)
  • Mad Detective | Sun taam (2007)
  • Triangle | Tie saam gok (2007)
  • Exiled | Fong juk (2006)
  • Election 2 | Triad Election | Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai (2006)
  • Election | Hak se wui (2005)
  • Yesterday Once More | Lung fung dau (2004)
  • Throw Down | Yau doh lung fu bong (2004)
  • Breaking News | Daai si gin (2004)
  • Running on Karma | Daai chek liu (2003)
  • Turn Left, Turn Right | Heung joh chow heung yau chow (2003)
  • PTU: Into the Perilous Night | PTU (2003)
  • Love for All Seasons | Baak nin hiu gap (2003)
  • My Left Eye Sees Ghosts | Ngo joh aan gin diy gwai (2002)
  • Fat Choi Spirit | Lik goo lik goo san nin choi (2002)
  • Running Out of Time 2 | Am zin 2 (2001)
  • Fulltime Killer | Chuen jik sat sau (2001)
  • Love on a Diet | Sau san naam neui (2001)
  • Wu yen | Chung mo yim (2001)
  • Needing You | Goo laam gwa lui (2000)c
  • Help!!! | Lat sau wui cheun (2000)
  • The Mission | Cheung fo (1999)
  • Hidden War | Am zin (1999)
  • Where a Good Man Goes | Joi gin a long (1999)
  • A Hero Never Dies | Chan sam ying hung (1998)
  • Lifeline | Shi wan huo ji (1997) (as To Kei Fung)
  • A Moment of Romance III | Tian ruo you qing III: Feng huo jia ren (1996)
  • Loving You | Wu wei shen tan (1995)
  • Executioners | Xian dai hao xia zhuan (1993)
  • Mad Monk | Chai gong (1993)
  • Eastern Three Heroes | Dung fong saam hap (1993)
  • The Bare-Footed Kid | Chik geuk siu ji (1993)
  • Casino Raiders II | Zhi zu wu shang II yong ba tian xia (1993)
  • Lucky Encounter | Ti dao bao (1992)
  • Justice, My Foot! | Sam sei goon (1992)
  • The Royal Scoundrel | Sha Tan-Zi yu Zhou Shih-Nai (1991)
  • The Story of My Son | Ai de shi jie (1990)
  • All About Ah-Long | A Lang de gu shi (1989)
  • Iron Butterfly, Part 2: See No Daylight (1989)
  • The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon | Ji xing gong zhao (1989)
  • The Big Heat | Cheng shi te jing (1988) (as To Kei Fung)
  • Seven Years Itch | Qi nian zhi yang (1987)
  • Happy Ghost III | Kai xin gui zhuang gui (1986)
  • The Enigmatic Case | Bi shui han shan duo ming jin (1980)

Screenwriter

  • Dak ging 90 III - Zi ming jat tin ngaai | (TV 1995)
  • The Story of My Son | Ngoi di sai gaai (1990)
  • Suet san fei wu (TV mini-series) | (1985)
  • Chin wong chi wong (TV Series) | (1980)

Producer

  • Three (2016) | Saam Yan Hang (2016)
  • Trivisa (2016)
  • Office (2015)
  • Blind Detective (2013)
  • Drug War | Duzhan (2013)
  • Romancing in Thin Air | Gao hai ba zhi lian II (2012)
  • Motorway | Che sau (2012)
  • Life Without Principle | Dyut meng gam (2011)
  • Punished | Bou ying (2011)
  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart | Daan gyun naam yu (2011)
  • Vengeance | Fuk sau (2009)
  • Tactical Unit - Comrades in Arms | Kei tung bou deui - Tung pou (2009)
  • Tactical Unit - Partners | Kei tung bou deui - Fo pun (2009)
  • Accident | Yi ngoi (2009)
  • Linger | Hu die fei (2008)
  • The Sparrow | Man jeuk (2008)
  • Tactical Unit: The Code | Kei tung bou deui: Ging lai (2008)
  • Mad Detective | Sun taam (2007)
  • Hooked on You | Mui dong bin wan si (2007)
  • Eye in the Sky Gun chung (2007)
  • Triangle | Tie saam gok (2007)
  • Exiled Fong juk (2006)
  • Election 2 | Triad Election | Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai (2006)
  • 2 Become 1 | Tin sun yut dui (2006)
  • Election | Hak se wui (2005)
  • Yesterday Once More | Lung fung dau (2004)
  • Breaking News | Daai si gin (2004)
  • Throw Down | Yau doh lung fu bong (2004)
  • Turn Left, Turn Right | Heung joh chow heung yau chow (2003)
  • Looking for Mister Perfect | Kei fung dik sau (2003)
  • PTU: Into the Perilous Night | PTU (2003)
  • Love for All Seasons | Baak nin hiu gap (2003)
  • Love Under the Sun | Ngoi zoi joeng gwong haa (2003)
  • Running on Karma | Daai chek liu (2003)
  • My Left Eye Sees Ghosts | Ngo joh aan gin diy gwai (2002)
  • Fat Choi Spirit | Lik goo lik goo san nin choi (2002)
  • Second Time Around | Mou han fou wut (2002)
  • Running Out of Time 2 | Am zin 2 (2001)
  • Love on a Diet | Sau san naam neui (2001)
  • Fulltime Killer | Chuen jik sat sau (2001)
  • Gimme Gimme | Ngoi soeng ngo baa (2001)
  • Wu yen | Chung mo yim (2001)
  • Comeuppance | Tin jau ngaan (2000)
  • Help!!! | Lat sau wui cheun (2000)
  • Needing You | Goo laam gwa lui (2000)
  • Spacked Out | Mo yan ka sai (2000)
  • The Mission | Cheung fo (1999)
  • Sealed with a Kiss | Tim yin mat yue (1999)
  • Running Out of Time | Am zin (1999)
  • Where a Good Man Goes | Joi gin a long (1999)
  • A Hero Never Dies | Chan sam ying hung (1998)
  • Expect the Unexpected | Fai seung dat yin (1998)
  • The Longest Nite | Am faa (1998)
  • Intruder | Hung bou gai (1997)
  • The Odd One Dies | Liang ge zhi neng huo yi ge (1997)
  • Too Many Ways to Be No. 1 | Jat go zi tau di daan sang (1997)
  • Beyond Hypothermia | Sip si 32 dou (1996)
  • A Moment of Romance III | Tin joek jau cing III - Fung fo gaai jan (1996)
  • Only Fools Fall in Love | Daai lou baai sau (1995)
  • Dak ging 90 III - Zi ming jat tin ngaai | (TV 1995)
  • Fatal Assignment | Kung chong tin ngai (1995)
  • Executioners | Xian dai hao xia zhuan (1993)
  • The Heroic Trio | Dung fong saam hap (1993)
  • A Moment of Romance II | Tin joek jau cing II - Zi tin coeng dei gau (1992)
  • A Moment of Romance | Tin joek jau cing (1990)
  • The Iron Butterfly 2 TV Movie | Dak ging 90 II - Zi mong meng tin ngaai (1990)
  • The Iron Butterfly TV Movie | Dak ging 90 (1989)
  • Final Justice | Pik lik sin fung (1988)

Biography Timeline

1973

Johnnie To began his career at age 17 as a messenger for the Hong Kong television studio TVB. From there To moved up the ladder, working as an executive producer and director for TV shows starting in 1973. In 1978, he shot his first theatrical feature, but continued working in television. In 1983, he directed and screen-wrote the critically acclaimed The Legend of the Condor Heroes, a dramatised TV series base on the martial art novel of the same name by Louis Cha.

1989

While working as an assistant TV director during the Shaw Studios era, he directed All About Ah-Long in 1989, starring Chow Yun-fat, the film became one of the biggest box office hits in that year. In 1988, he co-directed The Big Heat, his first action movie. The film was produced by Tsui Hark. The end of the 1980s also saw some of To's biggest commercial successes, the vast majority of which were comedies. His 1988 film The Eighth Happiness was that year's highest-grossing movie.

1996

In 1996, To and frequent collaborator Wai Ka-Fai formed Milkyway Image, a production house that specialises in cost-efficient independent films made by To and Wai, as well their frequent collaborators from Law Wing-Cheong to scriptwriter Yau Nai-Hoi.

2004

Commercially successful in his native Hong Kong, To's films have regularly appeared at international festivals, most notably in Europe and North America. Six of To's films have been featured at the Cannes Film Festival: Breaking News premiered as an Out-of-Competition midnight screening in 2004; Election was shown in Competition in 2005; its sequel, Election 2 (a.k.a. Triad Election) was screened in Out-of-Competition midnight screenings in 2006, and Triangle was screened in Out-of-Competition midnight screenings in 2007; Vengeance competed for the prestigious Palme D'Or in 2009; Blind Detective was screened in Out-of-Competition midnight screenings in 2013.

At the Venice International Film Festival, Throw Down was screened Out-of-Competition in 2004; Exiled was shown in Competition at the festival in 2006; Mad Detective was shown in Competition in 2007; Life Without Principle was shown in Competition in 2011.

2005

In 2005, To received the "Time Machine Career Achievement Award" at the Festival de Cine de Sitges, Europe's most prestigious film festival specializing in genre films. To was also honoured as a "Filmmaker in Focus" of 2007 International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2009, while Vengeance competed at Cannes, To was made an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture in recognition for his films.

2006

In North America, To's films have been consistently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Mission, Fulltime Killer, PTU, Breaking News, Throw Down and Mad Detective all screened between 1999 and 2007. In 2006, Election, Election 2, and Exiled were screened.

2008

At the Berlin International Film Festival, Sparrow was shown in Competition in 2008.

2011

In April 2011, it was announced that he would be a member of the jury for the main competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

His 2011 film Life Without Principle was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.

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