7.0/10
8,235
32 user 120 critic
Trailer
2:02 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Prime Video

A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.

Director:

Johnnie To

Writers:

Ka-Fai Wai (screenplay) (as Wai Ka Fai), Nai-Hoi Yau (screenplay) (as Yau Nai Hoi) | 2 more credits »
7 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Hak se wui (2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Suet Lam, Tony Ka Fai Leung
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok (Yam) faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy (Koo) looks to increase his business relations with mainland China.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Simon Yam, Nick Cheung
Fong juk (2006)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A friendship is formed between an ex-gangster, and two groups of hitmen - those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Nick Cheung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng
Cheung foh (1999)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Triad boss Lung, who has just escaped being killed in an assassination, hires five killers for his protection. Their grown solidarity is under compulsion when Lung gives a special order.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng, Jackie Chung-yin Lui
Duo ming jin (2011)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Terence Yin, Richie Jen
San taam (2007)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A rookie cop teams up with a former detective with a supernatural gift to hunt down a serial killer.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Andy On, Ka Tung Lam
PTU (2003)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Simon Yam, Suet Lam, Ruby Wong
Fuk sau (2009)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Macau, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Johnny Hallyday, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Simon Yam
Man jeuk (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A gang of pickpockets roam the streets of Hong Kong.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Ka Tung Lam
San ren xing (2016)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Realizing that he will be defeated in no time during a police showdown, a thug shoots himself to force the cops to cease fire and take him to the hospital. In the hospital, he claims human ... See full summary »

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Wei Zhao, Louis Koo, Kathy Wu
Dai si gin (2004)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a ... See full summary »

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Richie Jen, Kelly Chen, Nick Cheung
Man tam (2013)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A cop is forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector - who believes he has acute senses - they team up in hope to solve the case.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Tao Guo
Edit

Cast

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 Hoi-Pang Lo ... Birdie (as Lo Hoi Pang)
Siu-Fai 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)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

High risk high return


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

4 April 2013 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Drug War See more »

Filming Locations:

Tianjin, China

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

CNY 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,926, 28 July 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$127,877, 8 November 2013
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Mo ngai: To Kei Fung dik din ying sai gaai (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Crystal Meth in China
13 August 2013 | by motezartSee all my reviews

The drab, dusty, industrial backdrop of what is purported as the unglamorous metropolis of Tian Jin, China, tacky haute facades are the setting for Drugs War's series of raw, tension filled episodes. From a country riddled with censorship, Drugs Wars, a film by Johnnie To, is an unbridled glimpse of organized crime and crystal meth in China. Although perhaps a tad sensationalistic, the film delivers a bold statement: the Chinese the drug market is alive and well.

Louis Koo plays a busted crystal meth baron who has a choice, either help police bust a massive organized crime syndicate, or be executed. He chooses to help police.

In an elaborate tireless scheme, actor Honglei Sun dazzlingly plays a police officer portraying a criminal in the attempt to infiltrate this upper echelon syndicate. The best scene of the film is when Sun's character is forced to rail two massive lines of crystal meth as part of this act. The effects of the meth play out into a powerful piece of cinema. Post- OD, literally having come back from the edge death, the chase for the criminals continues with out a flinch.

At times this police tenacity is too exaggerated to be believable. The chase for the bad guys goes on endlessly for days. None of the cops ever eat or sleep. They seem to have inexhaustible resources at their disposal. They are able to commandeer an entire harbor just to put on a show of authenticity for the crooks. The cops risk their lives over and over, and for what? To rid the world of a few truckloads of drugs? The conventional divide between the good guy cops and bad guy criminals doesn't blur, until it does. After an epic final gun battle, we have no idea who's who.

Drug Wars attains excellence as an action movie and serves as a rare example of a controversial work to emerge from a country that produces so much state-approved propaganda. More @ getthebonesaw.blogspot.com


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 32 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed