By Utpal Borpujari
Johnnie To is one of Hong Kong’s best-known filmmakers. His strong point as a filmmaker has always been use of action to probe the depths of the human mind. At one level, To’s films are simple action dramas, but at another level, through them he offers an analysis of the society.
One of his better-known films, Breaking News, uses action to put the focus on two different aspects of the modern world. In Breaking News, as the name suggests, To creates a fast-paced drama that takes one into the world of modern-day media, even as the story’s focus remains on how the police and robbers often play a mind game.
The film takes off with the live broadcast of a police officer’s cowardly surrender to bank robbers, which leads to a no-holds-barred fight for regaining credibility for the forces. Both the police and the robbers use the media to gain advantage in the battle for one-upmanship. One has to watch the film to know how it ends, and To sure makes it a worthwhile viewing.
Breaking News; dir: Johnnie To; Rs 399 each; Moser Baer Home Video