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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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Johnnie To's low-key masterpiece. See more (28 total) »



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

Siu-Fai Cheung ... Su (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Suet Lam ... Fatso (as Lam Suet)
Wallace Chung ... Guo Weijun
Tao Guo ... Senior Dumb (as Guo Tao)
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Birdie (as Lo Hoi Pang)
Yunxiang Gao ... Xu Guoxiang (as Gao Yunxiang)
Taishen Cheng ... Captain Liu (Erzhou)
Michelle Ye ... Sal
Philip Keung ... Darkie (as Keung Hon Man)
Ting Yip Ng ... Hatred (as Ng Yuk San)
Guangjie Li ... Chen Shixiong (as Li Guangjie)

Yin Zhusheng ... Snake Head
Tan Kai ... Li Shuchang
Xin Gao ... Driver
Xiao Cong ... Driver
Gan Tingting ... Haha's Wife
Yang Yi ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Liu Qi ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Wang Siya ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Qin Shiyue ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Boyang Wang ... The Dumb Brothers' Follower
Li Jing ... Junior Dumb
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
Gang Yao ... Captain Ding
Yan Ren ... Ming's Senior Bro-in-Law (as Ren Yan)
Qin Bokun ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Wang Yang ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
He Tianyang ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Zi Yi ... Lin
Zhao Xin ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Zho Yubo ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member (as Zhou Yubo)
Zheng Wanqiu ... Senior Dumb's Wife
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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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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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Johnnie To's low-key masterpiece., 30 October 2013
Author: Robyn Nesbitt (nesfilmreviews) from United States

Legendary director Johnnie To's "Drug War" generates a powerful suspense with extended action set-pieces that are truly exceptional, but it's the intense underplayed performances that ultimately leaves its lasting impression. To pulls out all the stops in this high-octane police procedural, shot predominantly in the Jinshan district on the Chinese mainland. This vast, operatic melodrama exhibits some extreme smarts in its bare bones approach to a drug unit's relentless pursuit of a drug cartel. The film proceeds with sequences that establish the war on drugs as neither a heroic crusade, or a hopelessly unwinnable war. They are no metaphors here -- it's a world where people make choices, and as a result, events unfold simply as a matter of process.

Manufacturing just fifty grams of meth in China will earn you a death sentence, and Timmy Choi (Louis Koo), manufactures on a massive scale. After a large meth lab explosion, Choi is under arrest and in the custody of Captain Zhang (Sun Honglei). Now he has only one chance to avoid execution: turn informant and help Zhang's undercover team take down the powerful cartel. As the uneasy allies must compress months of police work into just 72 sleepless hours, the increasingly desperate police are quickly stretched past their limits. As things spin wildly out of control, the line between duty and recklessness becomes vague, and it becomes unclear who truly has the upper hand.

The first act of "Drug War" is an epic manifestation of To's talents: The camera is never in the wrong place, and we're swept effortlessly into the mindsets of a dozen people in the first act with few words or wasted gestures. The film works thanks to the riveting performances of Sun Honglei and Louis Koo. In addition to his two strong leads, To creates a large gallery of dynamic supporting characters, most notably two mute brothers played by Guo Tao and Li Jing who at first appear as comic relief, but eventually play a larger role in the story.

The balancing act of the film relies on a long build-up for a large payoff. Director To incorporates just enough action and throughout to keep things interesting before the chaotic, bloody onslaught erupts in the third act. The visceral, brutal shoot-out between opposing sides takes place on a suburban street filled with pedestrians and children. It's intense and unflinching, with a fantastically dark resolution to the story. "Drug War" isn't particularly insightful or a profound viewing experience, but those looking for a top-notch thriller will be more than satisfied by this low-key masterpiece.

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