Born April 22, 1955, in Hong Kong, To served as an assistant TV director before helming his first feature film, the 1980 martial arts fantasy The Enigmatic Case. Audiences quickly became addicted to the blend of masculinity and male bonding he offered in movies such as The Big Heat (1988) and All About Ah-Long (starring Yun-Fat Chow).
After forming his own production company in the '90s, To returned to directing with a series of films focusing on characters and action, including The Mission (1999), Fulltime Killer (2001) and 2005's Election (which was nominated for a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival).
When an illegal-drug manufacturer gets arrested after a wild attempt to evade capture, police captain Zhang Lei senses an opportunity. But after convincing the man to betray his own cronies, Zhang wonders if he's not the one being played.