Drug War

Drug War

Johnnie To (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
In his native Hong Kong, Johnnie To has earned the respect accorded a godfather of the crime genre. Over here, his gangster films tend to receive more under-the-radar releases, but they are always worth seeking out - and the compelling Drug War is no exception. The action is set on the Chinese mainland, where dogged narcotics squad captain Zhang (Sun Honglei) apprehends drug lord Timmy Choi (Louis Koo) after his meth lab goes up in smoke. Facing the death sentence, Choi bargains for his life by ratting out his associates just as a major deal is about to go down. The uneasy alliance between cop and crook creates plenty of tension, especially as Choi will seemingly do anything to save his own skin. The director marshals the set pieces with his usual aplomb, while the story rattles along to a devastating final confrontation, and a decidedly chilling pay-off.


A drug dealer is hospitalised following an accident, which leads to him being identified by the police and facing the death penalty. He agrees to help bring down the criminal organisation he works for in return for his life, assisting undercover officers to infiltrate the syndicate. Gangster thriller, starring Louis Koo and Ka Tung Lam. In Mandarin and Cantonese.

Cast & Crew

Captain Zhang Sun Honglei
Timmy Choi Tin-ming Louis Koo
Yang Xiaobei Huang Yi
Xu Guoxiang Gao Yungxiang
Guo Weijun Wallace Chung
Chen Shixong Li Guangjie
Director Johnnie To
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Other Information

Language: Mandarin, Cantonese +subtitlesColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVD