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Drug War --  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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Ka-Fai Wai (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
4 April 2013 (China) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Drug War (Du Zhan) Review
 (From AsianMoviePulse. 2 November 2013, 4:53 PM, PDT)

Drug War (Du Zhan) Review
 (From AsianMoviePulse. 2 November 2013, 4:53 PM, PDT)

Contest: Drug War (2013) Blu-ray: Sun Honglei Tracks Drug Criminals
 (From Film-Book. 11 October 2013, 6:11 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
A solid and taut, if ultimately shallow, action thriller See more (24 total) »

Cast

 

Louis Koo ... Timmy Choi Tin-ming
Yi Huang ... Yang Xiaobei
Honglei Sun ... Zhang Lei
Ka Tung Lam ... East Lee
Michelle Ye ... Sal
Suet Lam ... Fatso
Tao Guo ... Senior Dumb
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Birdie
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Su
Wallace Chung ... Guo Weijun
Gan Tingting ... Haha's Wife
Xiao Cong ... Driver
Yunxiang Gao ... Xu Guoxiang
Meng Rui ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Guangjie Li ... Chen Shixiong
Wang Boyang ... The Dumb Brothers' Follower
Wang Zixuan ... Ming's Wife
Tong Qianqian ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Ng Yuk San ... Hatred
Wang Siya ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Qin Shiyue ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Yang Yi ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Yang Xue ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Ma Jun ... Captain Yu (Jinhai Coast Guard)
Keung Han Man ... Darkie
Li Zhenqi ... Uncle Bill
Ip Kwop Kin ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Lin Xu ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Yan Ren ... Ming's Senior Bro-in-Law
Yao Gang ... Captain Ding
Wang Yang ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Zheng Wanqiu ... Senior Dumb's Wife
Li Jing ... Junior Dumb
Hao Ping ... Bro Haha
Guo Zhigang ... Ming's Senior Bro-in-Law
Zhu Honglin ... The Dumb Brothers' Follower
Liu Qi ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Gao Xin ... Driver
Jiang Changyi ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Chief Commander
Yin Zhusheng ... Snake Head
Yi Lin ... Junior Dumb's Wife
Chan Siu Hei ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Fan Min ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Tan Kai ... Li Shuchang
Qin Bokun ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Cheng Taishen ... Captain Liu (Erzhou)
He Tianyang ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Zi Yi ... Lin
Zhao Xin ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Zho Yubo ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Jingyu Wang ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member

Directed by
Johnnie To 
 
Writing credits
Ka-Fai Wai (screenplay) &
Nai-Hoi Yau (screenplay) &
Ryker Chan (screenplay) &
Xi Yu (screenplay)

Produced by
Johnnie To .... producer
Ka-Fai Wai .... producer
 
Original Music by
Xavier Jamaux 
 
Cinematography by
Siu-keung Cheng (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Allen Leung 
David M. Richardson 
 
Production Design by
Horace Ma 
 
Sound Department
José Caldararo .... foley artist
Agustín Cazola .... foley recordist
Benny Chu .... sound supervisor
Bechen de Loredo .... foley recordist
Steve Miller .... sound effects editor
Steve Miller .... sound re-recording mixer
Francisco Rizzi .... foley artist
Stan Yau .... dialogue editor
Ricky Yip .... sound effects editor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Du zhan" - China (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, drug content and language
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107 min
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A solid and taut, if ultimately shallow, action thriller, 20 October 2013
Author: cadillac20 from Culver City, California

I'm not terribly familiar with Johnnie To's work, though I know he is one of China's biggest directors. Drug War is his latest film, a critically hailed masterpiece, so to speak, that rivals some of the best American crime films. And for the most part, it is a very good film. Gripping, with a tight rope plot written like a maze, Drug War very rarely lets up as it navigates from one stage of the plot to the other.

The film opens with Timmy Choi, a drug manufacturer, driving erratically until he runs through the entrance of a restaurant until he ends up in the hands of Captain Zhang. For dealing the amount of drugs that Choi is responsible for, the penalty is death, but Choi cuts a deal to help the police bring down a drug lord responsible for the sale of the narcotics. What follows is a near non-stop mission to get into the heart of the drug dealers and bring them down.

Drug War is the kind of crime action thriller that is very audience pleasing. There is plenty of suspense and mystery, as you're always on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what will happen next. It doesn't help that you're never quite sure who to trust or who will do what, especially Choi, who remains shifty and unsure. Sun Honglei is especially entertaining as the no nonsense Zhang, whose smart and constantly does his best to stay one step ahead of all those he's trying to bring down, including Choi. The writing for the film is very intricate and full of surprises. Coupling this are several action set pieces, the highlight of which are a middle section involving the police and two very capable partners of Choi and the ending, which is an absolutely crazy finale for this film.

If I have one real complaint about the film, it's the lack of depth. For all the technical skill and excellent writing and plot, we really don't get to know any of our characters. There is an attempt to make Choi somewhat sympathetic through a plot point about his wife, but Choi himself never really does much to make us like him or get us on his side. The same can be said about Zhang, who is little more than a hard nose cop trying to catch the criminals. There's never any real insight into either of these men, let alone the rest of the cast. It's a very basic and shallow cops and criminals tale, albeit, a very well written and produced one.

But these are minor complaints in the face of the entertainment at hand. This is arguably one of the best films of 2013, even at it's rating, and I urge anyone looking for to make up for some theatrical thuds to check this out. It's well worth it.

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