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Johnnie To’s Throw Down Criterion Special Blu-ray Edition


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SKU: 211020-96611-1
UPC: 715515264013
Part No: 1092
Weight: 0.08 lbs
Condition: New

One of the most personal films by the prolific Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To is a thrilling love letter to both the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and the art and philosophy of judo. Amid the neon-drenched nightclubs and gambling dens of Hong Kong’s nocturnal underworld, the fates of three wandering souls—a former judo champion now barely scraping by as an alcoholic bar owner (Louis Koo), a young fighter (Aaron Kwok) intent on challenging him, and a singer (Cherrie Ying) chasing dreams of stardom—collide in an operatic explosion of human pain, ambition, perseverance, and redemption.

Paying offbeat homage to Kurosawa’s debut feature, Sanshiro Sugata, To scrambles wild comedy, flights of lyrical surrealism, and rousing martial-arts action into what is ultimately a disarmingly touching ode to the healing power of friendship.

Special Features

  • 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2004 with director Johnnie To
  • New interviews with coscreenwriter Yau Nai-hoi, composer Peter Kam, and film scholars David Bordwell and Caroline Guo
  • Short making-of documentary from 2004 featuring To and actors Louis Koo, Aaron Kwok, Cherrie Ying, and Tony Leung Ka-fai
  • Original Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • Essay by film critic Sean Gilman
  • New cover art by Jeremy Enecio


  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: 5.1 Surround DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Runtime: 95 min

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Blu-raySKU: 211020-96611-1
UPC: 715515264013
Part No: 1092
Weight: 0.08 lbs
Condition: New