Film - Spotlight Filmfest 2016


Directed by Johnnie To


Director: Johnnie To
Section: Spotlight
Country: China, Hong Kong
Year: 2015
Language: Cantonese
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Yun Fat Chow, Sylvia Chang, Wei Tang, Eason Chan



Time is money, you can tell by the huge clock which dominates the generous offices of Chinese trading company Jones & Sunn. The year is 2008, China is booming, and the upcoming IPO has the staff just as preoccupied as their numerous affairs and intrigues, with everyone wanting to know who the female CEO is bedding. The financial crisis is looming, but Hong Kong star director Johnnie To turns it into a grandly staged 3D musical inside the big money-making machine with stars like Chow Yun-fat and Sylvia Chang, on whose play “Design for Living” this expertly filmed dance of dollars was based. Supported by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Berlin.

Meet the director


Johnnie To

Johnnie To was born in Hong Kong 1955. He began working as production assistant at Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), where he went on to work as producer and director in the drama dept. for three years. He had his feature directing debut with THE ENIGMATIC CASE (1980), an historical martial arts film starring Damian Lau. He shot over 30 films in the 1980s and 1990s, including THE STORY OF AH LONG (1989) with Chow Yun-Fat, which became one of the biggest box-office hits in Hong Kong that year. He has been invited to major festivals like Cannes and Venice numerous times. His international hits include BREAKING NEWS (2004), ELECTION (2005), ELECTION 2 (2006), EXILED (2006), MAD DETECTIVE (2007) and DRUG WAR (2012).


Screenplay: Sylvia Chang
Director of Photography: Siu-Keung Cheng
Film Editor: David Richardson
Composer: Fai Young Chan, Ta-Yu Lo
Production Designer: William Chang, Yau Wai Ming
Costume Design: William Chang, Fung-San Lui
Sound: Tu Duu-Shih
Producer: Johnnie To, Sylvia Chang
Production Company: Beijing Hairun Pictures Co., Ltd., Edko Films Ltd., Zhejiang Unique Media Co., Ltd., Le Vision Pictures Co., Ltd. Sun Entertainment Culture Ltd., Media Asia Film Production Ltd., Milkyway Image (HK) Ltd., China Movie Channel (CCTV-6, IQIYI Motion Pictures Co., Ltd., Huaxia Film Distribution Co., Ltd.
World Sales: Edko Films Ltd.