To the Fore

To the Fore (traditional Chinese: 破風; simplified Chinese: 破风) is a 2015 Hong Kong-Chinese[2] sports drama film filmed in Taiwan and other countries (including China, Korea, Mongolia and Switzerland[3]), directed by Dante Lam, and starring Eddie Peng, Shawn Dou, Choi Siwon and Wang Luodan. The film was released on August 6, 2015 in Hong Kong and Singapore, and August 7, 2015 in Taiwan, China and the United States.[4] The film was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was neither shortlisted nor nominated.[5][6]

To the Fore
Theatrical poster
Directed byDante Lam
StarringEddie Peng
Shawn Dou
Choi Siwon
Wang Luodan
Release date
  • August 6, 2015 (2015-08-06) (Hong Kong)
Running time
125 minutes
CountryHong Kong
Box officeUS$23.21 million (China domestic gross only)[1]


The story is about Jiu Ming (Eddie Peng) and Qiu Tian (Shawn Dou) who recently joined a Taiwan Category III cycling team called Radiant. They competed in domestic and international continental road races. After some time, the team had to break up because the team didn't have sufficient money to continue operations. The members dispersed to different teams. To The Fore is a half romance, half sport movie. It is mainly about the passion of the cyclists participating in races, and the beauty of the road racing locations in Taiwan’s lush, mountainous landscapes.[2]



Critical reception

"To the Fore" was nominated and won the awards of Outstanding Film at 2016 annual China Huabiao Film Awards, one of the three main film awards in mainland China. It was also nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2016; and for Best Editing at the Golden Rooster Awards in 2017.

Awards and nominations

Awards Category Nominee Results Ref.
31st Golden Rooster Awards Best Editing Nominated [7]

See also


  1. "Weekly box office > China Week 33 08/17 - 08/23/2015". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  2. "Film Review: 'To the Fore'". Variety. 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2015-08-08.
  3. "To the Fung Movie Review". by Tiffany Yong
  4. "To the Fore Release Info". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  5. Frater, Patrick (21 September 2015). "Hong Kong Selects 'To The Fore' as Oscar Contender". Variety. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  6. Chu, Karen (21 September 2015). "Oscars: Hong Kong Picks 'To the Fung' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  7. "金鸡奖提名:《潘金莲》领跑 范冰冰周冬雨再争影后". ifeng (in Chinese). August 16, 2017.
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