• Released
  • July 26, 2013
  • (Limited NY, LA 8/2)
  • NR , 1 hr 45 min
  • Action/Adventure
Drug War Synopsis
A man in trouble with the law for manufacturing meth in China now must turn informant against the cartel he'd been cooking for.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The climactic shootout, which goes on for 15 minutes and has an astronomical body count, is a masterpiece of its kind.
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Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
The film is a singularly huge, relentless, all-encompassing set piece that mutates and spasms with terrifying lack of foresight. It's all...
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San Francisco Chronicle

I'll go ahead and call Drug War the best Hong Kong action movie since "Infernal Affairs" (the 2002 film that Martin Scorsese remade as "The...
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By Eric Kohn
More traditional in terms of atmosphere and plot, Drug War nevertheless features a tense, unstoppable momentum, a morally ambiguous...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Deborah Young
In Drug War, Hong Kong genre master Johnnie To gives a superlative lesson on how to give an updated, thoroughly engrossing twist to the...
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New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
Hot-dog Hong Kong action stylist Johnnie To has never achieved the cult status of John Woo in this country, but his explosively...
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By Mark Jenkins
Evil cannot triumph in a movie made in China, but Drug War's ultimate scene nonetheless manages to astonish, revealing both Choi's...
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Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Drug War might arguably be [To's] best film for this reason—it doesn't attempt to raise the stakes on its genre, but instead fully exploits...
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By Simon Abrams
The film's flintiness and initially subdued nastiness set it apart from most other action films about the thin line separating cops from...
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By Boyd van Hoeij
A nail-biter that’s actually quite light on action but so well-scripted and shot, it’s nonetheless edge-of-your-seat material.
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What film school did those critics who highly praised it go to?

By fijinz-all
Wow, the critics were all thumbs up on this flick? Just saw it today. I knew much of the time critics' opinion don't count, and this is another one of those instances. In a way it was a...

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Rated NR | For recommended for 17 and up (for some strong violence and graphic drug use)