Drug War (Du Zhan) Friday, 03 April 2020

Drug War (Du Zhan)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong drug themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Highly addictive.

  • Starring:

    Sun Honglei, Louis Koo, Huang Yi, Gao Yunxiang, Wallace Chung, Li Guangjie, Guo Tao, Li Jing, Lo Hoi Pang, Cheung Siu Fai, Lam Ka Tung, Michelle Ye, Lam Suet, Ng Yuk San, Keung Hon Man, Gan Tingting, Hao Ping

  • Directed by:

    Johnnie To

  • Running time:

    107 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are shot, shot at, head-butted, punched, kicked, executed (lethal injection), beaten, hit with objects, pursued, wrestled, restrained, shoved, threatened at gunpoint, hit by a car. Mass shootout (witnessed by school children). Police raid, reckless driving, high-speed vehicle pursuit, vehicle crashes, property damage, explosions, sparks. Execution, death sentence mentioned. Fighting, yelling. Blood/gore: Very high body count. Corpses, cadavers. Bleeding, blood splatter, blood on heads, blood on objects, bloody scratches, bandages. Seared skin, burned flesh, convulsing.


    Venereal disease mentioned. Man, woman in underwear. Cleavage. Skimpy dancewear.


    Inhaling drugs, drug overdose, drug labs, drug preparation and manufacture, drug money. People snort lines of white powder, a woman crushes pills into powder, a man hallucinates. Drugs found in body cavities, drug-induced behaviour. Amphetamine, heroin, LSD, junkies, selling marijuana, being wasted mentioned. Alcohol (wine, spirits, shots). Smoking (cigars).


    F-words, s-words, sonofab*tch, cr*p, bastard. Name-calling, religious references.


    Drug trafficking, narcotics, drug busts, betrayal, encoding, police investigation, informants, redemption, undercover operations, surveillance, rituals, wealth.


    Deceased wife, deceased brothers mentioned. Hospital, mortuary settings. Injection (needle seen entering skin), colonoscopy, man on stretcher, people in hospital beds. Vomiting, spitting, urine, urination, defecation, faecal matter. Toilet. Furs worn. Dolphins (opening title graphics). Fish, prawns, crab, abalone, shark fin soup served. Crabs, fish packed on ice. Chinese and sign languages (subtitled).


    Engrossing, relentless, masterful, tense, involving, astonishing, realistic. Uncanny direction and camerawork, striking imagery, fantastic performances, fast-paced action sequences, unstoppable momentum, slick storytelling, superior stunt-work, breathtaking cinematography, strong score, over-the-top finale.


    Brings nothing new to the genre.

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