Johnny To in Hollywood

The American Cinematheque will present “Hong Kong Hero: A Tribute to Director Johnnie To” from June 3-5 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and June 17-19 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

Details are not yet online, but here’s the schedule at the Egyptian:

June 3
7:30 pm BREAKING NEWS
9:30 pm THE MISSION / HONG KONG CINEMA

June 4
7:00 pm RUNNING OUT OF TIME / RUNNING OUT OF TIME 2

June 5
5:00 pm RUNNING ON KARMA / HELP!

It’s a modest selection, and I would love to see certain other of his recent films highlighted. THROWDOWN, anyone? Wouldn’t ELECTION be a gas, coming on the heels of its screening in the Competition at Cannes?

Still, the double feature programming make this an irresistible bargain, and none of these are to be missed on the big screen, though RUNNING OUT OF TIME 2 might give me pause. I saw the first ROOT at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas in 2002, and it looked wonderful.

For Los Angeles readers with calendar conflicts, be advised that BREAKING NEWS will receive a theatrical release from Palm Pictures, though it may not be around for much more than two weeks.

HONG KONG CINEMA is a 2001 documentary “from Postif journalists Hubert Niogret and Lorenzo Cadelli, who interview the island’s most influential filmmakers including Johnny To, Wong War Wai, Tsui Hark, and Tony Leung.”

In their enthusiasm, the Cinematheque incorrectly say they are presenting “the first L.A. Tribute to this virtuoso,” forgetting that UCLA highlighted the maestro in the fall of 2002. Of course, Subway Cinema in New York presented the first retrospective of Milkway Image films in the fall of 2000, and that certainly put the spotlight on To.

In any event — exciting news!

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