Movie Trailer: Johnnie To’s Linger

Johnnie To is one busy man, but when you’re as talented as he is, and you’ve mastered the crime drama to the point where you can do everything shorthand, what’s two or three movies a year? Although to be honest, I never expected To to veer into romance territory, which is where he seems to have gone with the new movie “Linger”. Poster and trailer below.

Kaiju Shakedown first noted the trailer (below).

So what’s it about? Via:

Busy Life. Empty hearts. Unforgettable lovers.

The reappearance of a lost lover brings back a faint feeling of love. Yet is is so untouchable. Is it real or is it just a piece of memory?

A life in the river of time is irreversible. But we can choose our memory.

It reveals an unbearable truth, while true perfection always comes from bits and pieces of regrets.

“Linger” stars Vic Chou and Li Bing Bing, is directed by Johnnie To and opens January 2008.

Johnnie To’s Linger



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  • Daniel

    To has actually directed a number of romance films. :)

  • Daniel

    To has actually directed a number of romance films. :)

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    I know he’s co-directed a number of dramas with Ka-Fai Wai, but I wasn’t aware he’s directed any by himself.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

    I know he’s co-directed a number of dramas with Ka-Fai Wai, but I wasn’t aware he’s directed any by himself.

  • Daniel

    Well if you’re going to get that specific, no, but he co-directed around a dozen films with Wai Ka-Fai and people often give To sole credit for those. And with HK cinema it’s always a bit nebulous where much of the credit goes. But To certainly has a lot of experience with directing and producing both romantic dramas and romcoms. The last few years have been amazing for To, but I remember how exciting it was when PTU came out since we had not seen a truly satisfying crime movie from him since The Mission four years earlier.

  • Daniel

    Well if you’re going to get that specific, no, but he co-directed around a dozen films with Wai Ka-Fai and people often give To sole credit for those. And with HK cinema it’s always a bit nebulous where much of the credit goes. But To certainly has a lot of experience with directing and producing both romantic dramas and romcoms. The last few years have been amazing for To, but I remember how exciting it was when PTU came out since we had not seen a truly satisfying crime movie from him since The Mission four years earlier.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    Well it’s probably a matter of personal preference. The Johnnie To that I admire and run out to see is the sole director of PTU, The Mission, and Election. The other Johnnie To, the co-director (Running on Karma, Full-Time Killer) I don’t expect a whole lot from except superficial entertainment. More often than not, the substantive To is the sole director, while the co-director To is the commercial, superficial director. So when I heard To was solely directing this particular romance film, it was something of a surprise.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

    Well it’s probably a matter of personal preference. The Johnnie To that I admire and run out to see is the sole director of PTU, The Mission, and Election. The other Johnnie To, the co-director (Running on Karma, Full-Time Killer) I don’t expect a whole lot from except superficial entertainment. More often than not, the substantive To is the sole director, while the co-director To is the commercial, superficial director. So when I heard To was solely directing this particular romance film, it was something of a surprise.

  • Daniel

    Wai Ka-fai is talented though, and his solo picture Too Many Ways To Be No. 1 is loved by many. He also wrote and co-directed the recent Mad Detective which has been getting great reviews (IIRC, To even called the movie WKF’s picture). The movies they made around the turn of the century were by To’s own admission done for money, which is understandable considering the state of the HK film industry. It’s amazing that he’s still loyal to the local film industry, really. And I’m very thankful for that.

    But you bring up a good point and I wonder if this movie will be another quick buck or a passion project.

  • Daniel

    Wai Ka-fai is talented though, and his solo picture Too Many Ways To Be No. 1 is loved by many. He also wrote and co-directed the recent Mad Detective which has been getting great reviews (IIRC, To even called the movie WKF’s picture). The movies they made around the turn of the century were by To’s own admission done for money, which is understandable considering the state of the HK film industry. It’s amazing that he’s still loyal to the local film industry, really. And I’m very thankful for that.

    But you bring up a good point and I wonder if this movie will be another quick buck or a passion project.