TAS: Breaking News (2004) – Alleyway Shootout


This opening scene to the excellent Johnnie To thriller makes the list because of the frenetic action, amazing staging, and sheer coolness factor. Done in a single shot, this terrific scene follows both criminals and police officers up and down streets, on multiple floors, and through dwellings, in what is one of the best shootouts ever put to film. As the introduction to the film, it is hard to top the action in place, but thankfully, the film decides to focus on solid storytelling and provides an engrossing film that is one of the best in To’s prolific career.

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