Trio Of New Johnnie To Projects Now In Production, Including Hong Kong Historical Anthology With John Woo, Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam And More!

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Trio Of New Johnnie To Projects Now In Production, Including Hong Kong Historical Anthology With John Woo, Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam And More!
One thing that nobody will ever be able to accuse Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To of is being lazy. An incredibly prolific and genre hopping director, To frequently has multiple projects on the go simultaneously and that appears to be the case again now with Media Asia reporting that they are currently in production on a trio of projects revolving around To in various capacities.

The first of the three - as yet all untitled - projects is a new directorial effort, a crime thriller starring Louis Koo and Wallace Cheung revolving around an ex-con drawn into a heist scheme shortly after his release from prison.

The second project sees To in a producing role, overseeing a complex three director project that calls To's own directing experiment, Triangle, to mind. Frank Hui, Vicky Wong and Jevons Au Man-kit directing the stories of a trio of notorious thieves crossing from Mainland China to Hong Kong with each director handling the story of an individual thief while To and fellow producer Yau Nai-hoi oversee the process and weave the three stories into an interconnected whole.

And, finally, the third project is an eight part anthology film exploring the history of Hong Kong from the 40s to the present with segments directed by To, Tsui Hark, John Woo, Ringo Lam, Anne Hui, Sammo Hung, Yuen Woo-ping and Patrick Tam. Which is, as they say, one hell of a collection of talent right there.

No firm word yet on when these projects will be completed but all are currently underway.

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DooK_FreshJanuary 13, 2015 7:19 PM

Great to see To back to his crimers. But I'm seriously getting sick of Louis Koo appearing in everything.

RoboticPlagueJanuary 13, 2015 11:22 PM

Woo seems to go out of his way not to give his fans what they want. I am disappointed in the man. He was once great but he seems to have forgotten the movies that defined him. Hope the Crossing is good with some good action.

Art VandelayJanuary 14, 2015 2:35 AM


Glen or MacyJanuary 14, 2015 3:04 AM

Where did Election 3 (do we need another chapter?!) and hmm...that musical starring Chow Yun fat and Sylvia Chang go? :)

DooK_FreshJanuary 14, 2015 12:59 PM

Indeed. However, he's attached to few upcoming crime film project. One was a remake of a classic Yakuza film and another with a reunion with Tsui Hark.

DooK_FreshJanuary 14, 2015 1:04 PM

Last I heard was that he was gonna coincide with the 10th anniversary of the first movie. That means that he will shoot it this year or he's secretly already shooting it.

marshy00January 14, 2015 8:50 PM

The Crossing Part 1 is solid, if unspectacular - mostly because it is all set-up with no pay-off. They haven't even got to the boat yet when part 1 ends! It's essentially a wartime romance, but Woo does manage to include some doves, slo-mo action, male bonding and even a Mexican standoff - so it's not all bad!

Todd BrownJanuary 16, 2015 1:18 AM

My first though when I saw the untitled directing effort starred Louis Koo was that it might actually be Election 3 ...

Art VandelayJanuary 16, 2015 5:08 AM

The first Red Cliff was like that too. But when Part 2 comes out, it will pay off big like the second Red Cliff. I trust John Woo.

Art VandelayJanuary 16, 2015 5:09 AM

It could be, considering the survivors from the Election films, or lack thereof.