Sneak Preview: PTU
LA premier of a new Hong Kong thriller, at UCLA
Saturday, November 15, 2003
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
James Bridges Theater
The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents the Los Angeles debut of a new Hong Kong thriller directed by Johnnie To, the director of THE MISSION and FULLTIME KILLER.
The new crime drama -- PTU -- stars Hong Kong superstar Simon Yam as a member of the elite Police Tactical Unit.
Johnnie To will be here in person for a post-film discussion and Q & A.
The Film & Television Archive describes PTU in the following words:
(Hong Kong, 2003) Directed by Johnnie To
The neon-drenched streets of Kowloon at night have never looked so stylish as in Johnnie To’s minimalist crime drama that evokes both the existential cruelty of American film noir as well as the taut pacing of To’s own masterpiece THE MISSION. When a hapless plainclothes detective (Lam Suet) loses his gun, two elite Police Tactical Units step in to retrieve it and soon find themselves entangled between a gang war and an Internal Affairs investigation. Hong Kong star Simon Yam is unspeakably suave as a PTU cop with a perverted knack for suspect interrogation, and Lam Suet’s character performance gives the film its heart. Brilliantly choreographed as an extended set-piece unfolding over one night, PTU alternates languid passages and tense moments, exploding in a climactic shootout that provides catharsis as it upends genre expectations.
Producer: Li Kuo-Hsing. Screenwriters: Au Kin-Yee, Yau Nai-Hoi. Cinematographer: Cheng Siu-Keung Cheng. Editor: Law Wing-Cheong. With: Simon Yam, Lam Suet, Ruby Wong, Maggie Siu. 35mm, in Cantonese with English subtitles, 87 min.
Tickets are available online at www.cinema.ucla.edu or at the theater one hour before showtime.
General admission: $8 online/$7 at the door. Students, seniors, and UCLA alumni with ID: $5, at the door only
Tel: 310 206-3456
Sponsor(s): Film and Television Archive