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Milkyway Magic: The Creative Genius of Johnnie To and Soi Cheang

  • By Adam Cook
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  • August 13, 2012 8:30 AM
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Thanks to director/writer/producer Johnnie To, the commercial cinema of Hong Kong has entered a golden age. Since forming Milkyway Image Ltd. in 1996, To has helped produce over fifty films, and has directed or co-directed over half of them himself. While other Hong Kong filmmakers were being exported to America or devoting themselves to the arthouse scene, To commited himself to rehabilitating Hong Kong’s film industry with a synthesis of commercial filmmaking, expert craft, storytelling, and poetry. Largely inspired by European art cinema and classical Hollywood technique, To has imbued his action and crime films with uncommon artistry, establishing himself as one of contemporary movie culture's greatest genre filmmakers. 

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