• Directed by Johnnie To
  • Starring Richie Jen, Kelly Chan, Nick Cheung
  • 2004 | 90mins | Hong Kong SAR, China | (18)

When the TV news unit broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a lowest point. While on a separate investigation in a run-down building, detective Cheung discovers the hideout of the robbers. Cheung and his men have also entered the building, getting ready to take their foes out any minute. Meanwhile, in order to beat the media at its own game, Inspector Rebecca decides to turn the stakeout into a breaking news show.

Curator’s Recommendation:

This film revealed how a collective reputation was damaged but redeemed by the media framing within a public relation crisis. Also, To has done experiment once again by the opening 10-minute-one-cut gun shooting scene. 

Major Film Festival & Awards:

57th Cannes Film Festival Out of Competition Selected Film

41st Golden Horse Awards Best Director and Best Film Editing

'Breaking News’ is punctuated by tension-filled action set-pieces, but its main draw is the sharp characterisation and the insightful critique of the media that fills most of the running time. - Far East Film Festival

This screening is part of The Heroic Mission: Johnnie To Retrospective , curated by Riley Wong, presented by UK-China Film Collab and Trinity CineAsia.