Three. 2016. Hong Kong/China. Directed by Johnnie To. 88 min.
No edition of The Contenders would be complete without the latest work by Johnnie To, the last great defender of Hong Kong’s noble tradition of popular filmmaking. Three takes To back to his favorite genre, the urban police thriller, for a stylistic tour de force (including an extended shootout in a hospital, presented in a single take) that incorporates some brilliant theatrics among its three lead performers: Louis Koo as a stolid, unsmiling police commissioner; Wei Zaho (Shaolin Soccer) as an emergency room surgeon with doubts about her abilities; and the pop singer Wallace Chung, darkly charismatic as a conscienceless killer who puts a bullet in his own brain to avoid being sent to prison.