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Drug War

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Hong Kong | 2012 | 107 minutes | Johnny To

In this dynamic chase film from action master Johnnie To, inspector Zhang goes deep undercover to take down a notorious drug cartel, only to find himself in a pawn between the drug lord and his chief manufacturer.

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Working with his longtime collaborator Wai Ka-fai, Hong Kong action auteur Johnnie To takes his distinctive brand of operatic crime drama to Mainland China. Following the explosion of his illegal amphetamine production plant, Choi ends up in the hospital where he falls into the custody of Tianjin police Inspector Zhang. In order to save himself from the death penalty, Choi agrees to help Zhang and his partner Xiao Bei infiltrate the cartel led by the infamous drug kingpin "Uncle Bill" Li. Zhang adopts the identity of Brother HaHa, embarking upon a dark and dangerous deep cover operation with only Choi as his guide. However, right before Zhang's squad is about to crack the case, he realizes the relationship between Choi and Li may not be what it seems. Like a cross between The French Connection and The Wire, Drug War is a tense, gritty police procedural that is as uncompromising as it is exhilarating.

Director Biography
Jonnie To has been in the working in the world of film since age 17, when he was a messenger for a Hong Kong TV studio, eventually working his way up to producing and directing TV shows for them. By the end of the 1980s, To had directed some of the most successful Hong Kong films of the decade, including The Eight Happiness (1988), All About Ah-Long (1989), and The Big Heat (1988), which he co-directed. Jonnie To has won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival multiple times.

Sponsored in part by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office San Francisco, Delta Air Lines, DList Magazine

Director: Johnny To
Principal Cast: Sun Honglei, Louis Koo, Huang Yi, Gao Yungxiang, Wallace Chung
Premier Status: North America
Country: Hong Kong
Year: 2012
Running Time: 107 minutes
Producer: Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai
Screenplay: Wai Ka-fai, Yau Nai-hoi, Ryker Chan, Yu Xi
Cinematographers: Cheng Siu-Keng
Editors: David Richardson, Allen Leung
Music: Xavier Jameux
Filmography: Romancing in Thin Air (2012); Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (2011); Life Without Principle (2011); Vengeance (2009); Sparrow (2008); Mad Detective (2007); Triangle (2007); Exiled (2007); Triad Election (2006); Election (2005); Breaking News (2004); Full Time Hitman (2001); The Mission (1999); The Heroic Trio (1993)
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Well Go USA
International Sales: Media Asia Distribution
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