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Drug War (2012)

Du zhan (original title)
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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.


Johnnie To


Ka-Fai Wai (screenplay) (as Wai Ka Fai), Nai-Hoi Yau (screenplay) (as Yau Nai Hoi) | 2 more credits »
10 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Honglei Sun ... Captain Zhang (as Sun Honglei)
Louis Koo ... Timmy Choi
Yi Huang ... Yang Xiaobei (as Huang Yi)
Yunxiang Gao ... Xu Guoxiang (as Gao Yunxiang)
Wallace Chung ... Guo Weijun
Guangjie Li ... Chen Shixong (as Li Guangjie)
Tao Guo ... Senior Dumb (as Guo Tao)
Jing Li Jing Li ... Junior Dumb
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Birdie (as Lo Hoi Pang)
Eddie Cheung ... Su (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Ka Tung Lam ... East Lee (as Lam Ka Tung)
Michelle Ye ... Sal
Suet Lam ... Fatso (as Lam Suet)
Ting Yip Ng ... Hatred (as Ng Yuk San)
Philip Keung ... Darkie (as Keung Hon Man)


After losing control of his car and crashing into a local restaurant, a man loses consciousness on the street. Later, while working on a case, the police's anti-drug division captain, Zhang Lei (Honglei Sun), realizes that the man in the crash is drug lord Tian Ming (Louis Koo). In order to avoid the death penalty, Tian Ming helps the police put a stop to the entire drug trafficking circuit, but just as soon as the police are ready to make a large bust, Tian Ming makes a decision that shocks everyone involved. Written by Anonymous

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High risk high return

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


"Jinhai" is actually "Zhuhai". At the end of the movie, the street war happens at the side of dormitories of BNU - HKBU United International College. See more »


In the opening scene when Timmy is driving erratically he vomits on the driver side window. After he crashes the vomit is gone. It is still missing when Captain Zhang arrives on the scene shortly after. See more »


Remade as Believer (2018) See more »

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A battle of both brain and brawn.
13 January 2014 | by nokturnal-rapportSee all my reviews

Gripping, smart, and a joy to watch.

The acting is excellent and the main leads are my favorite. Honglei, a hardened narcotic cop, is collected, methodological, and intelligent. You can tell he has earned his keep and has seen some crazy things behind those eyes. He's like the calm before the storm, readily break loose. He leads a high profiled operation to bust possibly the largest drug ring in the counntry and his lead is Louis, a captured meth supplier. Louis is not to be outshone: calculated, cunning, and above all, selfish. I find his character to be easily one of the greatest villains for he appears harmless but you can't really know what he has in mind. One scene you might think he has repented, another scene he might convince you otherwise. He is a great villain because he's deceptive, cunning, selfish, and he's willing to do anything for survival, including turning against his own kin but the catch is that he doesn't look capable of such evil. That's why he's great. Appearance is deceiving. The two main leads are completely opposite. The cop appears cold, distanced, and seemingly emotionless yet pursues a good cause and cares for his underlings while the crook appears warmer, more expressive, seemingly harmless yet inhuman underneath. Great contrast. The story is tight, the actions are neat - the shootout between the mute brothers and the cops and the grand finale scene are superb. A battle of both brain and brawn.

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China | Hong Kong


Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

4 April 2013 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Drug War See more »

Filming Locations:

Tianjin, China


Box Office


CNY100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,926, 28 July 2013

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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