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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
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Jonnie To's low-key masterpiece. See more (22 total) »



Louis Koo ... Timmy Choi Tin-ming
Ka Tung Lam ... East Lee
Yi Huang ... Yang Xiaobei
Honglei Sun ... Zhang Lei
Suet Lam ... Fatso
Michelle Ye ... Sal
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Birdie
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Su
Wallace Chung ... Guo Weijun
Tao Guo ... Senior Dumb
Zi Yi ... Lin
Guangjie Li ... Chen Shixiong
Li Jing ... Junior Dumb
Yunxiang Gao ... Xu Guoxiang
Gan Tingting ... Haha's Wife
Hao Ping ... Bro Haha
Yin Zhusheng ... Snake Head
Yang Xue ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Keung Han Man ... Darkie
Zhu Honglin ... The Dumb Brothers' Follower
Liu Qi ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Meng Rui ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Yi Lin ... Junior Dumb's Wife
Xiao Cong ... Driver
Yan Ren ... Ming's Senior Bro-in-Law
Zho Yubo ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Qin Shiyue ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Wang Boyang ... The Dumb Brothers' Follower
Yang Yi ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Wang Zixuan ... Ming's Wife
Li Zhenqi ... Uncle Bill
Gao Xin ... Driver
Jiang Changyi ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Chief Commander
Lin Xu ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
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
Yao Gang ... Captain Ding
Wang Yang ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Cheng Taishen ... Captain Liu (Erzhou)
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
Wang Jingyu ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Tong Qianqian ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Ma Jun ... Captain Yu (Jinhai Coast Guard)
Guo Zhigang ... Ming's Senior Bro-in-Law
Ip Kwop Kin ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Ng Yuk San ... Hatred
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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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Rated R for strong violence, drug content and language
107 min
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Jonnie To's low-key masterpiece., 30 October 2013
Author: Robyn Nesbitt (nesfilmreviews) from United States

Legendary director Jonnie 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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