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"Throw Down" DVD 

The second of my recent DVD purchases "Throw Down", is a Chinese action film, about, and I quote:

"Ex-judo champion Sze-to (Louis Koo) mysteriously retires from the sport and becomes a pub manager until "Leather Jacket" Tony (Aaron Kwok), a spirited judo fighter, revitalizes his fighting desires and challenges him to a match. But there's more to win than just the champion title;"

Directed by Johnnie To, it is a tribute to Akira Kurasawa, and specifically the Sanshiro Sugata films. Some of the scenes in fact arde virtually identical. One of the Dojo scenes and a fight out in a cane field for example.

One thing I really enjoyed were some training scenes, which were them throwing each other and smiling all the while. Which to me felt like Johnnie To understood a little about Judo.
Of course this is a Chinese film and is kinda weird, and theres lots of laughs at the not too flash Judo on display. But it is a film, suspend your disbelief okay! :-)

I enjoyed it, but I enjoy Chinese cinema and anything remotely linked to Judo. Also, owning both the Sanshiro Sugata films, I enjoyed the references. Lastly you do get to here a couple of versions of what must be the Judo song I have been told about but never really pinned down. Of course it's sung not in English, so it could be something completely different.

Anyway, I enjoyed it and recommend it. So far the only place I found it on the web is on There is a trailer on that site, and their service to me here in the UK was great so given I've failed to find it on Amazon, give them a go.
Let me know if you have seen or do see the film.
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