I picked up Stephen Teo’s Director in Action: Johnnie To and the Hong Kong Action Film awhile back and read through it quickly. I found Teo’s analysis on Johnnie To and his body of work a little too pedantic for my liking. Teo spends a tremendous amount of time musing over To’s work in such a convoluted way that at times I wasn’t even sure what he was really trying to convey. It’s truly a case where by the end of the book, I did not have a greater understanding of To as a filmmaker or have a deeper appreciation for his films. The writing just left me feeling apathetic and a little dumb.