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Throw Down (DVD) (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)
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Hong Kong director Johnnie To pays tribute to the films of Kurosawa Akira with Throw Down, an uplifting comedy-drama about how to make lemonade when life keeps giving lemons. Louis Koo, Aaron Kwok, and Cherrie Ying star as three troubled souls who find hope in their respective lives when they find each other. Taking place in a surreal alternate reality where all conflicts can be solved with a good judo match, Throw Down is about the importance of finding joy and honor in doing what you love. To, who still calls Throw Down his favorite film in his filmography, uses every single directing trick up his sleeves to create exhilarating set pieces that prove he's one of Hong Kong cinema's greatest stylists. In addition to Milkyway regulars Lo Hoi Pang and Eddie Cheung, Throw Down also co-stars Grasshopper's Calvin Choi, Tony Leung Ka Fai, and a cameo by Jordan Chan.

Szeto (Louis Koo) is a failing bar manager who spends his mundane days wandering around in a drunken state. Mona (Cherrie Ying) is an aspiring pop singer who has run out on her unfair record deal. Tony (Aaron Kwok) is a drifter who spends his days challenging people into judo matches to prove that he's the best. Eventually, Tony and Mona become regulars at Szeto's bar for their own motivations - Mona wants a job as a bar singer, and Tony wants to challenge Szeto, a former judo champion, to a match. Deep in debt and hiding a secret of his own, Szeto refuses to climb out of his shell. However, the encouragement from his two new friends and a powerful challenger (Tony Leung Ka Fai) will help him overcome his personal demons.

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Product Title: Throw Down (DVD) (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version) 柔道龍虎榜 (DTS版) (香港版) 柔道龙虎榜 (DTS版) (香港版) 柔道龍虎房 (柔道龍虎榜) (DTS版) (Director Signature Edition) Throw Down (DVD) (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Aaron Kwok | Tony Leung Ka Fai | Louis Koo | Cherrie Ying | Tony Yip 郭富城 | 梁 家輝 | 古天樂 | 應 采兒 | 葉天成 郭富城 | 梁 家辉 | 古天乐 | 应 采儿 | 叶天成 郭富城 (アーロン・コック) | 梁家輝 (レオン・カーファイ) | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) | 應采兒 (チェリー・イン) | 葉天成 곽부성 | Tony Leung Ka Fai | Louis Koo | Cherrie Ying | Tony Yip
Director: Johnnie To 杜琪峰 杜琪峰 杜琪峰 (ジョニー・トー)  Johnnie To
Release Date: 2004-09-03
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Closed Captioning: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 95 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003795249

Product Information

* Screen Format : Anamorphic Wildescreen
* Sound Mix : DTS ES, AC 35.1, Stereo * DVD Type : DVD-9
* Running Time:
- Approx: 95 mins
- Bonus: 70 mins
* Extras :
- 1. Exclusive Director Interview 導演獨家專訪
- 2. Making-of Documentary 製作特輯
- 3. Photo Gallery 劇照
- 4. Trailer 預告片
- 5. TV Spots 電視廣告
- 6. On Judo 關於柔道
- 7. Collector's Booklet 精美小冊子
- 8. Director Biography 導演生平及作品年表

導演:杜琪峰
Director: Johnnie To

歌舞經理兼樂隊領班司徒寶(古天樂飾) ,是一名柔道高手,數年前不知何故放棄柔道,變得沉淪墮落、嗜賭酗酒。直至好戰尚武的應屆柔道冠軍皮褸Tony (郭富城飾)慕名到來挑戰;宿敵辣手阿岡(梁家輝飾)又因當年一場未完的比賽找上門來;還有,年邁的師傅帶著痴呆兒子阿正,為拯救破落道場來要求阿寶幫助……歌廳頓時變成一眾柔道高手的「競技場」……

司徒寶的秘密此時也再守不住——原來他患有不治的眼疾,視力正漸漸衰退……但他的「心」卻突然看得清明通透,鬥志更再度燃起——他誓要在看到最後一線光明之前將所有對手打敗……

In this visually arresting action drama from acclaimed director Johnnie To (Running On Karma, Breaking News), legendary Judo fighter Sze-To (Louis Koo from The Suspect) unexpectedly gave up the sport and now lives the life of an alcoholic gambler who runs a pub. However, cocky Judo champion newcomer Tony (Aaron Kwok from The Storm Riders) wants to challenge him to a duel, while old foe Kong (Tong Leung Ka Fai from Ashes of Time) demands Sze-To to finish the match that never took place. Soon Sze-To's pub became the ultimate arena where the greatest Judo fighters show off their skills. As a result, he vows to take on his opponents before his reason for his early retirement is exposed. Filled with brutal, no-holds-barred Judo fight scenes performed by the actors themselves, Throw-Down is an emotional tale of one man's determination to win at all costs.
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Professional Review of "Throw Down (DVD) (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 5, 2006

This professional review refers to Throw Down (US Version)
Johnnie To is ever the genre-shifting shapechanger. You can't get a hold on him; just when you think you've got a firm grasp on his style, he jinks around, unhooks your hold and throws you back to the mat. I mean that in a good way.

Throw Down sees To partially back in the quirky territory of previous Milkway Image productions like The Odd One Dies and Too Many Ways To Be Number One, but in a more good-hearted way. Strange characters come and go in the night, singing karaoke, playing videogames, ripping off triads and waking up with hangovers... but overlaid into this setting is a near-classical martial arts story of facing personal demons and winning the ultimate match, except that the rings are on building tops, or abandoned lots, or neon-lit alleys.

The credits dedication to Akira Kurosawa is a late clue on To's intent. Much of the film plays out visually. Where dialogue is present, it is often opaque, but the character's actions express their personality in ways that dialogue need not explain. There are many standout sequences, particularly those involving aspiring popstar Mona; chasing money, chasing fame, or just chasing a red balloon, all dreamily scored with a trademark Milkyway soundtrack.

Louis Koo as Sze-to, Cherrie Ying as Mona and Aaron Kwok as Tony make an appealing triumvirate, both as characters and as actors. Each is following a dream of some kind (although Sze-to is trying to drink and gamble his way out of his), and each needs the others to inspire them to fulfil it. Tony Leung Ka Fai shines as Kong, the ultimate fighter, or end-of-level boss more like it; with economical moves and total attitude, he owns the screen in his brief appearances.

Enough of this arty filmy chat: for a film which is all about judo, how are the fights? Not too shabby. Some of it is shot close in with frequent cutting, but there's enough full body throwing to work up a sweat over. Fighters are flung overhead on a regular basis, sometimes one-on-one, sometimes en masse (in slo-mo). There's one-armed judo, blindfold judo, and almost but not quite drunken judo. Watching Kwok and Koo squirm around on the mat grasping at each other is about as close as the film gets to a love scene.

Which is inherently the film's problem. It's so busy trying to trip and slip and dazzle and flip the audience, the characters and situations so outlandish, that it knocks you down and leaves you winded but never quite knocks you out. But that's okay, you can get right back up again; the tone and flow make this is a film to be watched and enjoyed many times over, at least until it's closing time at the all-night judo karaoke.

8.5 choke holds out of 10

by Mark Morrison - heroic-cinema.com

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November 21, 2006

No Judo, No Life!
The world of Throw Down can only be described as judo jiang hu meets contemporary Hong Kong. Johnnie To's amusing tribute to Kurosawa and the hard-boiled samurai flicks of yesteryear, the film is an engaging, whimsical action melodrama filled with quirky, earnest characters floundering about in odd, yet oddly compelling, situations.

Aaron Kwok plays a wide-eyed judo enthusiast who wants to challenge former judo champion Louis Koo to a duel, but instead finds a mumbling, stumbling, drunken man, a shadow of his former self. Refusing to leave without a match, Kwok stays on at Koo's bar as a saxophonist alongside a sexy-cute aspiring singer, played by the sexy-cute Cherrie Ying. For Kwok, Koo, and the other people who wander in and out of their lives, judo is life's highest passion, a reverent diversion from the otherwise mundane, empty routine of daily life.

Flight-of-fancy elements are scattered throughout the film, including a whimsical balloon-recovery sequence and a classic final showdown in the grasslands. However, within this fanciful world where judo trumps all, the story and characters still remain grounded for the most part, as do the action sequences which are admirably free of CG, wirework, and comic book contrivances.

For Throw Down, Johnnie To strays from his tried-and-true casting - Aaron Kwok, Calvin Choi (of pop group Grasshoppers), pre-Election Louis Koo, and no sign of Lam Suet (!) - and the results are surprisingly effective. Louis Koo and Aaron Kwok's straightfaced doofy masculinity suit their roles, and the supporting performances - Eddie Cheung as a hilariously monotonic triad leader, Tony Leung Ka Fai as a solemn judo master, and Calvin Choi as Koo's silent brother - are spot on.

In an unreliable industry, Johnnie To is one of the most reliable names for quality cinema, and Throw Down is no exception. Even in To's celebrated filmography, Throw Down stands out on its own. Clever, enjoyable, and a toss-up between wacky and inspiring, Throw Down brings out realistic emotions in surreal situations and delivers it all in beautiful noir tones.

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Customer Review of "Throw Down (DVD) (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5.8 out of 10 (4)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5.6 out of 10 (21)

George
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February 24, 2008

Judo chop!! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
One of my favourite directors - Johnny To - delivers something unexpected in the form of Throwdown. A fantastically, funny, judo movie starring the handsome Aaron Kwok and Louis Koo! I love it! Shot in the usual moody, amazing, To way, Throwdown is fresh in its approach to the usual HK martial arts film. Well worth a watch - and well worth a buy! Check it out!!
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Phoenix Lin
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March 22, 2007

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In the mood for Judo Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I was immediately attracted to the focus of this movie being of Judo players & their motivations rather than another style; you hardly ever see this focus on the big screen. (plus some pretty big names in the HK arena participating in it) To the casual viewer, this may actually seem slow. It probably shouldn't fit in the action movie category, but there are some interesting Judo brawls. Like how certain personalities/characters are attracted to certain styles of martial arts, this movie does an excellent job of giving that Judo feel/personality, or style. It has a matching soundtrack offering continuity to that whole mood. I enjoyed it for it's 'marching to the beat of a different drummer.'
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Vincent
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February 27, 2007

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Worth a look Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This is a Johnnie To film that gets far too little credit. It should be noted that it's not an action film, but rather a piece that explores what motivates people, though lighter than To's magnificent "Running on Karma." Fantastic performances all around as well as some fun triad and Judo scenes.
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mytran
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October 3, 2005

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good Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
when i saw the movie for the 1st time it was ok,but 2nd time around watching it,it grew on me knowing how different and interesting the cast was .
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Anonymous

March 31, 2005

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sorry... Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
I dont usually watch crab movies, but I still don't get it why this movie is so good...
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