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Du zhan (2012)

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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.

Director:

Johnnie To

Writers:

Ka-Fai Wai (screenplay) (as Wai Ka Fai), Nai-Hoi Yau (screenplay) (as Yau Nai Hoi) | 2 more credits »
8 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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)
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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

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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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Details

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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

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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
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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My first Johnnie To film
8 October 2013 | by ronchowSee all my reviews

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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