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Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Cherrie Ying (Actor)
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Throw Down (DVD) (Multi-audio) (Special Edition) (US 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.

Special Edition DVD comes with Cantonese, Mandarin, and English audio tracks, on/off English and Chinese subtitles, audio commentary by Hong Kong film expert Ric Meyers, exclusive interview with director Johnnie To, making-of featurette, image gallery, trailers and TV spots.

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Product Title: Throw Down (DVD) (Multi-audio) (Special Edition) (US Version) 柔道龍虎榜 (DVD) (英/粵/國語配音) (特別版) (美國版) 柔道龙虎榜 (DVD) (英/粤/国语配音) (特别版) (美国版) Throw Down Throw Down (DVD) (Multi-audio) (Special Edition) (US Version)
Also known as: Throwdown Throwdown Throwdown Throwdown Throwdown
Artist Name(s): Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Cherrie Ying (Actor) | Tony Yip 郭富城 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 梁 家輝 (Actor) | 應 采兒 (Actor) | 葉天成 郭富城 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 梁 家辉 (Actor) | 应 采儿 (Actor) | 叶天成 郭富城 (アーロン・コック) (Actor) | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 梁家輝 (レオン・カーファイ) (Actor) | 應采兒 (チェリー・イン) (Actor) | 葉天成 곽부성 (Actor) | 고천락 (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Cherrie Ying (Actor) | Tony Yip
Director: Johnnie To 杜琪峰 杜琪峰 杜琪峰 (ジョニー・トー)  Johnnie To
Release Date: 2010-11-11
Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Duration: 95 (mins)
Publisher: Tai Seng Video (US)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023723397

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* Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Hong Kong Film Expert Ric Meyers. Exclusive Interview with Director Johnnie To. "Making of" Featurette. Image Gallery. TV spots. On/Off English and Chinese subtitles. Chapters. Trailers. Letterboxed. Domestic.

Directed by JOHNNIE TO;

In this visually arresting action drama from acclaimed director JOHNNIE TO (Breaking News, RUNNING ON KARMA), legendary Judo fighter Szeto Bo (Louis Koo from THE LEGEND OF ZU and RULES OF THE GAME) unexpectedly gave up the sport and now lives the life of an alcoholic gambler who runs a pub. However, cocky Judo newcomer Tony (Aaron Kwok from THE STORM RIDERS and HEAT TEAM) wants to challenge him, while old foe Kong (Tony Leung Ka Fai from WATER MARGIN and JIANG HU-THE TRIAD ZONE) demands Szeto to finish the match that never took place. Soon Szeto's pub became the ultimate arena where the greatest Judo fighters take on one another. Filled with brutal, no-holds-barred Judo fight scenes performed by the actors themselves, THROWDOWN is not only director To's stylish homage to the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, but also an emotional tale of one man's determination to rediscover himself and win at all costs.
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Professional Review of "Throw Down (DVD) (Multi-audio) (Special Edition) (US 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

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Customer Review of "Throw Down (DVD) (Multi-audio) (Special Edition) (US Version)"

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

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February 24, 2008

This customer review refers to Throw Down (DVD) (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)
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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March 22, 2007

This customer review refers to Throw Down (DTS Version) (US Version)
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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February 27, 2007

This customer review refers to Throw Down (DTS Version) (US Version)
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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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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March 31, 2005

This customer review refers to Throw Down (DTS Version) (US Version)
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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