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4.0 out of 5 stars PTU
PTU is a brutal thriller with splashes of dark comedy that takes place on the near deserted streets of Hong Kong in the very early hours of the morning. Seargent Lo has lost his gun after an encounter with the crew of a thug named Ponytail. It just so happens that Ponytail is murdered that same night by a rival gang. Lo is lucky enough to have ice cool PTU officer Sgt...
Published on 12 Sept. 2008 by Mr. J. Fraser

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2.0 out of 5 stars Wasted my time
Poor story, poor acting and thoroughly unauthentic. (I have lived in HKG).
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4.0 out of 5 stars PTU, 12 Sept. 2008
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Mr. J. Fraser (Kelso, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: PTU - Police Tactical Unit [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
PTU is a brutal thriller with splashes of dark comedy that takes place on the near deserted streets of Hong Kong in the very early hours of the morning. Seargent Lo has lost his gun after an encounter with the crew of a thug named Ponytail. It just so happens that Ponytail is murdered that same night by a rival gang. Lo is lucky enough to have ice cool PTU officer Sgt Mike Ho decide to help him. As Ho and his unit patrol the streets following up any leads, Lo betrays his duties and arranges a stand off between the two gangs on the promise that he'll get his gun back. This all culminates in a stand of between the two gangs, PTU, and CID who are investigating Ponytails death. The fact that this is all because a bungling officer lost his gun is made is made even worse thanks to the twist at the end.

PTU is a stunning looking film thanks to the strangely quiet streets. The sound is also very good with ambient surround effects really engrossing you in each scene. I thouroughly recommend this film for all film fans. If you're a fan of Hong Kong cinema or Johnnie To then it's an essential purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Hong Kong celluloid, 21 Oct. 2008
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Mr. G. Carroll (LDN | HKG | SZX) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: PTU - Police Tactical Unit [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
Johnny To manages to capture the technicolour character of its Hong Kong locations. The film like Kurosawa's Stray Dog some 60 years before is centred around the loss and use of a police officer's firearm. Like Stray Dog the film moves through society on the trail of the gun.

The PTU of the title is the elite of the Hong Kong Police. The actors manage to wring every once of tension out of the plot and situations, but it not without its humour. The film has depth rather than a fast-paced slick Hollywood rollercoaster ride. I am very surprised that Hollywood hasn't licensed this for a shot by shot remake a la Infernal Affairs and The Departed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seductive Hong Kong noir, 29 Oct. 2014
This review is from: PTU - Police Tactical Unit [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
Cities live on through books, photographs (I mean photography as art), films ... It is through art that the urban experience is relived anew and intensified.
There are of course books about and set in Hong Kong, many photographers have also taken an interest in this most photogenic of cities. But it is in the medium of film that Hong Kong has found its ideal artistic expression.
Johnnie To's PTU is probably the best. Ostensibly a cop thriller, with a plot borrowed from Kurosawa, the main character and focus is the city itself, specifically the city at night, a kind of animation of Brassai's "Paris by Night" transferred to Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui, which is a vibrant area, full of night haunts.
Cinematography is superb, full of memorable images, such as the huge neon sign of the Tom Lee music shop captured in a courtyard (which reminds one of that strange otherworldly illuminated window display in a narrow dark Venetian alley in "The Comfort of Strangers")
The early scene in the late night cafe where every time a mobile phone rings all the characters pick up their phone believing it's his that's ringing is brilliantly choreographed. The comic timing is spot on. It is Johnnie To's unerring sense of pace that makes his films so satisfying to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars vintage Johnny To, 17 May 2008
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This review is from: PTU - Police Tactical Unit [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
Simon Yam plays the cop as well as he plays triad kingpin, this movie shows a Police unit patrolling Hong Kong's seamy side over one night, Lam Suet is great as the bumbling sergeant in this gritty but tongue-in-cheek drama, Johnny To does it again, I watch his movies over and over and they still appeal (as well as helping my Cantonese).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wasted my time, 19 Jan. 2015
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Poor story, poor acting and thoroughly unauthentic. (I have lived in HKG).
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Special Features, 19 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: PTU - Police Tactical Unit [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
This UK dvd features a new PAL transfer, 5.1 sound, removable subtitles, interviews with Johnnie To and Simon Yam, theatrical trailer and trailers of other Third Window titles
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