Recognized for Best Original Screenplay at the 40th Golden Horse Awards and Best Director at the 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards, Johnnie To's brilliant 2003 police drama PTU
patrols the dark, sleepless streets of Hong Kong over one very eventful night. With hardboiled anti-heroes and thrilling gunfights aesthetically washed in noir colors, PTU
is a quintessential police triad drama from the master of the genre. Donning the signature black beret of the Hong Kong Police Tactical Unit, Simon Yam (Election
) gives a perfectly steely and charismatic performance as a PTU officer on a coldly determined mission to find a missing police gun. Johnnie To regulars Lam Suet, Raymond Wong, Maggie Siu, and Ruby Wong play fellow police officers, while veterans Lo Hoi Pang and Eddy Ko face off as triad leaders.
The night starts like any other as PTU sergeant Mike (Simon Yam) and his squad begin their patrol. They come across Officer Lo (Lam Suet) who was beaten up in the streets by triads, and woke up to find his gun is missing. Afraid of disciplinary action, Lo desperately asks Mike for help recovering his gun before daybreak. While Mike and his team sweep the midnight haunts and usual suspects for leads, a gang war slowly breaks out on the streets over the murder of triad leader Bald Head's (Lo Hoi Pang) son. As the night unfolds, threads cross, events escalate, and the line between cop and crook blurs as all sides draw blood for the same reason: protecting their own.