Johnnie To Talks ELECTION 3, Retirement and Five Films He Has Put The Most Effort Into Making

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Johnnie To Talks ELECTION 3, Retirement and Five Films He Has Put The Most Effort Into Making
Master director Johnnie To, the man behind such classics as Election, Running Out Of Time, A Hero Never Dies and Throw Down, has been in Cannes promoting his latest film, Blind Detective. Three pieces of news have come out of his recent media interviews, and each has resulted in a different reaction in me. One has me excited, another surprised and the third leaves me a little sad. Here are the news:

1. To is planning to film Election 3 in 2015, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the release of the original Election. This is exciting news because Election and its sequel are both great films. And I am hoping that all of the survivors of the two triad elections in Election and Election 2 will come back for a reunion. Expect more bloodshed and brutal deaths.

2. To has also disclosed that there are only five films that he has really put in a lot of effort into making, and they are The Mission, Exiled, Life Without Principle, Sparrow and PTU. While these are all fine films, I find it surprising that he has not included some of his other great films such as Running On Karma and Mad Detective (both made with his long-time collaborator Wai Ka Fai) in the list.  

3. Finally, To told media he is hoping to retire at 65. While I really don't want to see him retiring, the fact that he is now 58 means there is still plenty of time for him to make many more great films. I do hope that he will reach even greater heights in his career within the next 7 years, so much so that he decides to continue directing films for a little longer!
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John DoeMay 21, 2013 11:34 AM

The hell !?! Life without principle ? Really ? That looked like auto-pilot To.

Retiring ? Please god no.

Election 3 ? YES YES YES

DooKMay 21, 2013 12:00 PM

Retiring at 65 years of age sounds pretty reasonable.

Mark SavageMay 21, 2013 12:06 PM

It's difficult to conceive that he didn't give his all to A HERO NEVER DIES because that film is a masterpiece.

SynnermanMay 21, 2013 8:41 PM

Maybe we can get a decent Blu-ray of "The Mission" one day...

OneMoreBulletMay 21, 2013 11:02 PM

Odd how he leaves out the Election films on his list of films he put effort into but then states that he's following those films up next.

feihongMay 22, 2013 12:53 AM

That list of his--I think he's talking about films that were particularly challenging for him in some way; films that were hard to make. Those are all pictures that struggled through gestation periods. Life Without Principle was for a long time a hostage drama. PTU went back for filming again and again. The Mission went to camera with barely any idea of what was going to be shot. Sparrow also was a long time shooting.

Several times he's said that Throwdown is his favorite of his films, but he didn't include that one on the list. I think the list is of films that he has struggled over. Whereas the majority of his films seem to emerge much more quickly.

Life as FictionMay 24, 2013 11:30 PM

Very surprised Vengeance isn't on that list. That was such an intricately crafted film. Each set piece felt so well-composed, made Sparrow look like child's play.

Life as FictionMay 24, 2013 11:32 PM

Good thinking. Also had no idea he loved Throwdown so much. I agree, though: It really shows the breadth of his capabilities all in one film.