TIFF review: ‘Office’ by Johnnie To ★★★

Adapted for the big screen by writer-actor Sylvia Chang from her own play Design For Living, attempting to pigeonhole Johnnie To’s latest effort Office (2015) is a case of multiple square pegs and even more round holes. Classifying the part-musical, part-satire, part-comedy, part-Orwellian tale of consumerism and capitalism would do a disservice to the integrity of the genre-warping whole. A pre-economic crash rhapsody, set in Hong Kong on the eve of the global calamity, it encapsulates the love, greed, individual agendas, corporate intrigue and ulterior motives held by employees of Jones & Sunn, a multi-billion dollar company readying itself to go public at the most inopportune of times.

Read the full review of OFFICE here at CineVue.com.