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A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.

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Captain Zhang (as Sun Honglei)
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Timmy Choi
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Yang Xiaobei (as Huang Yi)
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Xu Guoxiang (as Gao Yunxiang)
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Guo Weijun
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Chen Shixong (as Li Guangjie)
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Senior Dumb (as Guo Tao)
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Birdie (as Lo Hoi Pang)
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Su (as Cheung Siu Fai)
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East Lee (as Lam Ka Tung)
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Fatso (as Lam Suet)
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Hatred (as Ng Yuk San)
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Darkie (as Keung Hon Man)
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After losing control of his car and crashing into a local restaurant, a man loses consciousness on the street. Later, while working on a case, the police's anti-drug division captain, Zhang Lei (Honglei Sun), realizes that the man in the crash is drug lord Tian Ming (Louis Koo). In order to avoid the death penalty, Tian Ming helps the police put a stop to the entire drug trafficking circuit, but just as soon as the police are ready to make a large bust, Tian Ming makes a decision that shocks everyone involved. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong violence, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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4 April 2013 (China)  »

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Budget:

CNY 100,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,926 (USA) (26 July 2013)

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$127,877 (USA) (8 November 2013)
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"Jinhai" is actually "Zhuhai". At the end of the movie, the street war happens at the side of dormitories of BNU - HKBU United International College. See more »

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Referenced in Mo ngai: To Kei Fung dik din ying sai gaai (2013) See more »

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Crystal Meth in China
13 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

The drab, dusty, industrial backdrop of what is purported as the unglamorous metropolis of Tian Jin, China, tacky haute facades are the setting for Drugs War's series of raw, tension filled episodes. From a country riddled with censorship, Drugs Wars, a film by Johnnie To, is an unbridled glimpse of organized crime and crystal meth in China. Although perhaps a tad sensationalistic, the film delivers a bold statement: the Chinese the drug market is alive and well.

Louis Koo plays a busted crystal meth baron who has a choice, either help police bust a massive organized crime syndicate, or be executed. He chooses to help police.

In an elaborate tireless scheme, actor Honglei Sun dazzlingly plays a police officer portraying a criminal in the attempt to infiltrate this upper echelon syndicate. The best scene of the film is when Sun's character is forced to rail two massive lines of crystal meth as part of this act. The effects of the meth play out into a powerful piece of cinema. Post- OD, literally having come back from the edge death, the chase for the criminals continues with out a flinch.

At times this police tenacity is too exaggerated to be believable. The chase for the bad guys goes on endlessly for days. None of the cops ever eat or sleep. They seem to have inexhaustible resources at their disposal. They are able to commandeer an entire harbor just to put on a show of authenticity for the crooks. The cops risk their lives over and over, and for what? To rid the world of a few truckloads of drugs? The conventional divide between the good guy cops and bad guy criminals doesn't blur, until it does. After an epic final gun battle, we have no idea who's who.

Drug Wars attains excellence as an action movie and serves as a rare example of a controversial work to emerge from a country that produces so much state-approved propaganda. More @ getthebonesaw.blogspot.com


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