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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)

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Police infiltrate a drug organization, leading to a big shootout See more (28 total) »



Louis Koo ... Timmy Choi Tin-ming
Ka Tung Lam ... East Lee (as Lam Ka Tung)
Honglei Sun ... Zhang Lei (as Sun Honglei)
Yi Huang ... Yang Xiaobei (as Huang Yi)
Suet Lam ... Fatso (as Lam Suet)
Wallace Chung ... Guo Weijun

Siu-Fai Cheung ... Su (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Taishen Cheng ... Captain Liu (Erzhou)
Michelle Ye ... Sal
Philip Keung ... Darkie (as Keung Hon Man)
Guangjie Li ... Chen Shixiong (as Li Guangjie)
Tao Guo ... Senior Dumb (as Guo Tao)
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Birdie (as Lo Hoi Pang)
Ting Yip Ng ... Hatred (as Ng Yuk San)
Xin Gao ... Driver
Yin Zhusheng ... Snake Head
Gan Tingting ... Haha's Wife
Xiao Cong ... Driver
Boyang Wang ... The Dumb Brothers' Follower
Liu Qi ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Yunxiang Gao ... Xu Guoxiang (as Gao Yunxiang)
Gang Yao ... Captain Ding
Wang Yang ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Zi Yi ... Lin
Zho Yubo ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member (as Zhou Yubo)
Qin Shiyue ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Li Jing ... Junior Dumb
Yang Yi ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Wang Zixuan ... Ming's Wife
Qianqian Tong ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member (as Tong Qianqian)
Yang Xue ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Ma Jun ... Captain Yu (Jinhai Coast Guard)
Hao Ping ... Bro Haha
Zhigang Guo ... Ming's Senior Bro-in-Law
Li Zhenqi ... Uncle Bill
Zhu Honglin ... The Dumb Brothers' Follower
Ip Kwop Kin ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Changyi Jiang ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Chief Commander
Meng Rui ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Lin Xu ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
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
Yan Ren ... Ming's Senior Bro-in-Law (as Ren Yan)
Qin Bokun ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
He Tianyang ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Zhao Xin ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Zheng Wanqiu ... Senior Dumb's Wife
Wang Siya ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Jingyu Wang ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member (as Wang Jingyu)

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

Produced by
Elaine Chu .... line producer
Johnnie To .... producer
Ka-Fai Wai .... producer (as Wai Ka Fai)
Original Music by
Xavier Jamaux 
Cinematography by
Siu-Keung Cheng (director of photography) (as Cheng Siu Keung)
Film Editing by
Allen Leung 
David M. Richardson  (as David Richardson)
Production Design by
Horace Ma 
Art Direction by
Horace Ma 
Costume Design by
Boey Wong 
Makeup Department
Rachel Kong .... hair stylist
Production Management
Chi-Shing Chiu .... unit manager (as Chiu Chi Shing)
Jackson Ha .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pou-Soi Cheang .... second unit director
Ka-kit Cheung .... first assistant director (as Jeff Cheung)
Chan Siu Hei .... second assistant director
Jack Lai .... second assistant director
Kam Fu Lo .... first assistant director (as Lo Kam Fu)
Albert Kai-kwong Mak .... associate director (as Mak Kai Kwong)
Sound Department
José Caldararo .... foley artist
Agustin Casola .... 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 .... sfx editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ting Fung Kwong .... gaffer (as Kwong Ting Fong)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kit Ling Chan .... dresser (as Chan Kit Ling)
Editorial Department
Cathy Lau .... post-production coordinator
Hung Poon .... color timer
Edwin Van Huizen .... digital colorist

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Du zhan" - China (original title)
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Rated R for strong violence, drug content and language
107 min
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Police infiltrate a drug organization, leading to a big shootout, 1 March 2014
Author: msroz from United States

This film has huge amounts of style. There are some really tense scenes, some gorgeous cinematography, and good tension between a policeman and a drug boss he has beside him who is cooperating in order to avoid a death sentence. The story ends up in a complex shootout. The latter is over-the-top and exists for its own sake, as a challenge to the movie makers to outdo any such previous shootouts.

It takes all that style to make up for the lack of substance, unless one reads into the movie the futility of the drug war. All the effort shown and all the bodies piled up, what did it accomplish in this movie? It interdicted one shipment and destroyed one organization. Others will take up the slack and new ones arise. But that's my opinion. It's not really the movie's message.

The story and movie in many respects is totally unrealistic. It strives for some realism by mixing in certain elements that are real such as how drugs might be transported inside the colon. Also, by employing locations effectively. Mostly it is a fiction tale of action that involves us through pursuit, where that pursuit is by super-efficient police. Such a super-heroic team of efficient police does not exist.

The movie is pure stylish action escapism. It has that in common with James Bond, but totally transformed for this time period.

Solid thriller, edge-of-your seat viewing, but ultimately empty.

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