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Chasing the Dragon (2017)

Chui lung (original title)
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An illegal immigrant from Mainland China sneaks into corrupt British-colonized Hong Kong in 1963, transforming himself into a ruthless and emerging drug lord.

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Jason Kwan, Jing Wong | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Jing Wong, Koon-Nam Lui (screenplay) (co-writer) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Donnie Yen ... Crippled Ho
Andy Lau ... Lee Rock
Philip Keung ... Will
Wilfred Lau Wilfred Lau ... Wayne
Kang Yu Kang Yu ... Chad
Kent Cheng ... Piggy
Bryan Larkin ... Ernest Hunt
Ben Ng ... Chubby
Ken Tong ... Tong (as Chun-Yip Tong)
Dongdong Xu ... Rose (as Raquel Xu)
Michelle Hu Michelle Hu ... Jane
Niki Chow ... May
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sahajak Boonthanakit ... General Piyamas
Chloe Chan Chloe Chan ... Alva
Michael Wai-Man Chan ... Master Dane (as Wai-Man Chan)
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The year is 1963, an illegal immigrant named Ho (Donnie Yen) sneaks into British-ruled Hong Kong. Equipped with guts and combat skills, he plunges into the underground world getting into constant conflict with rivals. After many adversaries, the once good-natured man is physically crippled and turns into a monster more atrocious than all the most corrupted cops and ruthless drug dealers. Ho eventually emerges as the most powerful drug lord under the control of Chief Detective Sergeant, Lee Rock (Andy Lau). However, with the establishment of Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) by the law enforcement in 1974, Rock is forced into premature retirement. But Ho still insists he would not be stopped as he determines to become the sole dictator of the drug empire. Written by DOK

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Trivia

Kenneth Tsang who played Master Dane appeared in To Be Number One (1991) as Chief Inspector Lui. See more »

Goofs

AT the funeral scene in Thailand Ho lights a roll of $100 bills. But the bills have the 2006 redesign. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Chasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch (2019) See more »

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Something doesn't quite jive
14 January 2019 | by wlee08See all my reviews

With a script this complex, spanning the rise and life of the main character from poor street fighter to druglord, it almost felt like they were going for a Scarface-level epic. but instead of developing realistic characters they used caricatures - the British villain felt particularly bogus - and unrealistic scenarios, such as large groups of people brawling in the streets with sticks and saucepans, who all happen to be amazing at martial arts. Perhaps having a main character who is too good at martial arts distracts from the biographical, historical tale. Tries to walk a balance between a heartfelt historical drama and an action movie. Didn't really work for me


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin | English | Thai | Teochew

Release Date:

28 September 2017 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasing the Dragon See more »

Filming Locations:

Chaozhou, Guangdong, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$138,346, 1 October 2017

Gross USA:

$456,854

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,965,942
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (Dolby 5.1) (downmixed)| DTS:X (downmixed)| Dolby Digital | Dolby Surround 7.1

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2.39 : 1
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