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Drug War
ORIGINAL TITLE Du zhan (Drug War)
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DIRECTOR Johnnie To (AKA Johnny To)
SCREENWRITER Wai Ka-Fai, Yau Nai-Hoi
COMPOSER Xavier Jamaux
CAST Louis Koo, Sun Honglei, Crystal Huang, Michelle Ye, Lam Suet, Cheung Siu-Fai, Lam Ka-Tung
STUDIO/PRODUCER Co-production China-Hong Kong; Hairun Movies & TV Group / Milky Way Image Company
GENRE Thriller | Yakuza & Triad. Drugs
SYNOPSIS/PLOT Famous Hong Kong director Johnnie To has recently made some comedies for the Chinese mainland market. But, he was always producing them through his HK company Ė allowing him to stay in control. With Drug War, heís taking the next step, being directly produced by a Chinese company set in Beijing. To direct this mysterious thriller, whose synopsis is still being kept secret. To has been reluctant to make this move until then Ė he may be losing part of his artistic freedom. So, how will this affect his work? For your information, the film is written by his long-time screenwriter Wai Ka-fai. Shooting began late December 2011.
PRO REVIEWS ----------------------------------------
"In 'Drug War', Hong Kong genre master Johnnie To gives a superlative lesson on how to give an updated, thoroughly engrossing twist to the classic cops-and-robbers chase" (Deborah Young: The Hollywood Reporter)
"A nail-biter thatís actually quite light on action but so well-scripted and shot, itís nonetheless edge-of-your-seat material" (Boyd van Hoeij: Variety)
"Not a bad setup for a cops-and-robbers thriller, and in the hands of action-movie maestro Johnnie To, the result comes very close to greatness (...) Rating: **** (out of five)" (Keith Uhlich: Time Out)
"More traditional in terms of atmosphere and plot, 'Drug War' nevertheless features a tense, unstoppable momentum, a morally ambiguous protagonist and hugely involving action scenes" (Eric Kohn: Indiewire)
"Johnnie To has never achieved the cult status of John Woo in this country, but his explosively entertaining (...) 'Drug War' should win him new fans" (David Edelstein: New York Magazine)
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