THROW DOWN — THE CRITERION COLLECTION
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No matter how hard he fronts; Johnnie To is no Kurosawa.
Pitched as an homage to Akira Kurosawa's first film "Sanshiro Sugata," this film starts off promisingly enough before derailing into clichés.
Indeed, it's cool to see Judo getting the spotlight but To's storyline splinters and melts.
"Throw Down" is a beautifully lit film with some lovely compositions but it collapses under its own contrivances.
Disappointment takes over well before the last fight finally arrives.
Not Rated. 95 mins.
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