Johnnie To’s “Drug War” Arriving in Theaters Soon

Johnnie To’s (杜琪峯) upcoming Hong Kong and China co-produced crime film, Drug War <毒戰>, will be coming to theaters soon in the height of the Lunar New Year holidays. The film premiered to positive reviews at the Rome Film Festival on November 15, 2012. The performances of lead actors, Louis Koo (古天樂) and Sun Honglei (孫紅雷), were also well-received critically.

Headlined by Louis Koo and Sun Honglei, Drug War will also feature a large ensemble of Hong Kong and mainland actors, including Huang Yi (黄奕), Wallace Chung (鍾漢良), Gordon Lam (林家棟), Eddie Cheung (張兆輝), Lo Hoi Pang (盧海鵬), Gao Yunxiang (高云翔), Li Guangjie (李光洁), Michelle Ye (葉璇), and Guo Tao (郭涛).

Official set photos of Louis and Honglei were released earlier this week. Louis Koo portrays a Hong Kong trafficker who gets arrested in mainland China. Faced with a death sentence, he agrees to help the mainland Chinese cops as an informant to bust a drug ring.

When interviewed for his experience in working with Johnnie To and the film, Honglei exclaimed, “Fun! Fun! Fun! I’ve never had to shoot so many bullets in my life!” Louis, however, was not so ecstatic about his filming experience, and explained, “It was a laborious film to do. From harsh winters to hot summers, I have to be prepared for battle every day. But those days were quite unforgettable.”

Principal photography for Drug War began on Christmas Day, 2011 in Tianjin. Filming locations included Guangzhou, Zhuhai, and Shangri-La. Filming completed five months later.


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  1. Johnnie To’s one of the few good directors who hasn’t left for China.

    Will watch this.

    1. If you live in Sydney, George Street theatres near Town Hall Stn. shows Chinese stuff. Event Cinemas.

  2. Really looking forward to this movie, but hope that the mainland filming rules haven’t neutered the story line in any way.
    Kinda wish he would just stay in HK and import the actors when needed instead of heading to the mainland and have to deal with their rules. I guess there isn’t much choice though, with money issues for good production movies in HK these days.
    I sound all down on the movie before I have seen it, but I am actually really looking forward to it since he never disappoints in the action drama dept. (aside from Exiled, and Vengeance which I really disliked and thought were overrated jumbled messes). – I’m probably going to get reamed by everyone for that last remark lol.

  3. I already watched it during International Film Festival Rotterdam (Holland)… Worth watching it ^_^

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