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4 April 2013 (China) See more »
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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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Louis Koo ... Timmy Choi Tin-ming
Honglei Sun ... Zhang Lei
Ka Tung Lam ... East Lee
Yi Huang ... Yang Xiaobei
Wallace Chung ... Guo Weijun
Suet Lam ... Fatso
Michelle Ye ... Sal
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Su
Tao Guo ... Senior Dumb
Yin Zhusheng ... Snake Head
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Birdie
Xiao Cong ... Driver
Guangjie Li ... Chen Shixiong
Tan Kai ... Li Shuchang
Li Zhenqi ... Uncle Bill
Zi Yi ... Lin
Cheng Taishen ... Captain Liu (Erzhou)
Yunxiang Gao ... Xu Guoxiang
Gan Tingting ... Haha's Wife
Zheng Wanqiu ... Senior Dumb's Wife
Wang Yang ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
He Tianyang ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Qin Shiyue ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Li Jing ... Junior Dumb
Wang Zixuan ... Ming's Wife
Yang Xue ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Keung Han Man ... Darkie
Meng Rui ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Chan Siu Hei ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Yan Ren ... Ming's Senior Bro-in-Law
Yao Gang ... Captain Ding
Ng Yuk San ... Hatred
Wang Siya ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Wang Boyang ... The Dumb Brothers' Follower
Yang Yi ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Qianqian Tong ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Ma Jun ... Captain Yu (Jinhai Coast Guard)
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
Ip Kwop Kin ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Jiang Changyi ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Chief Commander
Lin Xu ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Yi Lin ... Junior Dumb's Wife
Fan Min ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
Qin Bokun ... Jinhai Anti-Drug Squad Member
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
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 .... sound effects editor

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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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
My first Johnnie To film, 8 October 2013
Author: ronchow from Canada

I have to confess here in Canada I have no previous exposure to films by Hong Kong directors Johnnie To. Obviously he has done good work before but I just did not have the chance to see them. 'Drug War' was shown in a local art-house cinema and my like-minded friend alerted me to it.

Well, this was an interesting film experience - a Hong Kong director doing a police/drug dealer drama based in mainland China. Although other fictitious names were used for the cities, it is obvious the final, major shootout took place in a main street in Tianjin, a large city not far from Beijing. And much has been said about the long, protracted shoot-out scene toward the end, done in the John-Woo-ish manner.

I do not know if the version shown in mainland China - apparently the film did well in the box office there - is the same version that I saw in Canada. However, I suspected the China version has to be slightly edited. Still, (Spoiler Alert!) Johnnie To managed to get a film approved for the Chinese audience despite breaking one important rules: four desperadoes gunning down a large number of police officers, male and female. Now this used to be a big no-no in China. The police had to come up on top and the bad guys punished. The mass killing of cops was never presented to any screen in Chinese cinema. And then there is the lesser scene of RMB (Chinese currency) bills being burnt in place of 'ghost money' to honour the dead. Now this may just be part of drama but one can also argue about its possible political significance.

All in all, for a cops-against-bad-guys film this is well directed, with action scenes well staged and the cops and criminals well portrayed. There are also finer moments exploring humanity - e.g. a drug dealer's wife, fatally shot, still struggled to put her high-heel boots back on while dodging bullets. The ending is a tad depressing but is mostly likely closer to reality.

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