Drug War
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Manufacturing just fifty grams of meth in China will earn you a death sentence, and Timmy Choi (Louis Koo) has manufactured tons of it. After a violent lab accident, he's in the custody of Captain Zhang (Sun Honglei), and now he has only one chance to avoid execution: turn informant and help Zhang's undercover team take down the powerful cartel he's been cooking for. But as the uneasy allies are forced to compress months of police work into just 72 sleepless hours, the increasingly desperate police are quickly stretched past their limits. As things spin wildly out of control, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Another inkling of the style limitations perhaps most responsible for To's lower visibility stateside compared with, say, his countrymen John Woo and Wong Kar-wai."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"As always, To delivers fantastic set pieces ..."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"What the hell: "Drug War" is a taut, minor masterpiece. It felt like watching early Walter Hill for the first time-"The Driver," "Southern Comfort"-and that is a very good feeling indeed."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"A nicely tangled, smartly paced and cold little thriller-nothing more, nothing less."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"This film about cops and drug dealers in China is a lot like a story set in the Old West with outlaws and lawmen engaged in gun battles. There probably is a point to all this conflict that is lost in the translation."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"[To] gives a solid 90 minutes of edgy foreplay before delivering the goods."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Drug War is a deeply intelligent, exhilarating and eminently satisfying adult crime story, one of the best thrillers you're likely to see this year."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Almost perfect."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"The most purely enjoyable action film of the year, and I can only hope the inevitable American remake doesn't screw it up too badly"
‑ Stephen Silver, EntertainmentTell
"Visually, it's a gritty throwback that's certain to please genre aficionados."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"Few other working filmmakers display this degree of visual sophistication and old-school craftsmanship."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"An intense and constantly surprising crime story in which destiny seems to fold in on itself ..."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"...as nimble as a ballet dancer, even while dancing in muck."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"The routine police procedural crime drama has dedicated Chinese narcotics cops closing in on a big-time drug manufacturer in a risky undercover operation."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not only does the film never question the ethics of a war on drugs in which dealers and manufacturers are subject to the death penalty, it appears to enthusiastically endorse it."
‑ Steve Erickson, Film Comment Magazine
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