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Drug War 2012 123movies

Drug War 2012 123movies

HIGH RISK HIGH RETURNNov. 15, 2012107 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – After losing control of his car and crashing into a local restaurant, a man loses consciousness on the street. Later, while working on a case, the police’s anti-drug division captain, Zhang Lei (Honglei Sun), realizes that the man in the crash is drug lord Tian Ming (Louis Koo). In order to avoid the death penalty, Tian Ming helps the police put a stop to the entire drug trafficking circuit, but just as soon as the police are ready to make a large bust, Tian Ming makes a decision that shocks everyone involved.
Plot: A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.
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Drug War 2012 123movies 1 Drug War 2012 123movies 27.0/10 Votes: 9,922
Drug War 2012 123movies 3 Drug War 2012 123movies 294%
Drug War 2012 123movies 5 Drug War 2012 123movies 286/100
Drug War 2012 123movies 7 Drug War 2012 123movies 26.8 Votes: 185 Popularity: 6.509

Reviews:

Meth in the Mainland
After his meth lab explodes, leaving him scarred and his wife dead, Timmy Choi (Louis Koo) is apprehended by the Chinese police for a crime that warrants the death penalty. In the custody of Captain Zhang (Sun Honglei), Choi sees only one option to avoid execution; turn traitor and help Zhang’s undercover unit bring down the powerful cartel that he has been cooking for. As the stakes get higher, it becomes increasing unclear as to who has the upper hand, and who will dictate the endgame.

Director Johnny To is a master of the crime film, and with “Drug War,” he’s created a near masterpiece of the genre. He never convinces us of being in anything but complete control of his multifaceted thriller, and exudes an unparallelled confidence in every scene and phenomenal set piece.

To’s electrifying picture recalls some of the best work of his great contemporaries. “Drug War” possesses the technical brilliance of Scorsese’s “The Departed,” the ground-level knowledge and surveillance of David Simon’s “The Wire,” the gritty realism of Michael Mann’s best work, and by the end the blistering, double-fisted action of John Woo’s prime. These elements don’t come together as a derivative; To is a filmmaker at the top of his game, and makes the most of his cast, his influences, the Mainland setting, and a little of the grotesquerie that often has Hollywood shuddering; in a singular whole.

Disparate from most Hong Kong action films, “Drug War” is a methodical, meticulous procedural first, exploiting a street-smart screenplay that knows the Chinese crime scene; and if that statement is indeed false, it never feels less than authentic. Much of the intensity derives from dialogue exchanges, and how rigorous both the cops and criminals try to not get made. Because of this well paced, equally well played dynamic, we never know who we should root for, and that’s exactly the point. Mr. To’s drama is incredibly intense… but then he pulls out all the stops.

The last 20 minutes of “Drug War” is the show-stopping action set piece of the year. An extended shootout that’s brutal, ambitious, and a masterpiece of it’s kind. It’s a marvel of physical filmmaking that also works as an unexpected plot device, violently flipping our conceived notions of these characters on their ear; clearing the way for a fittingly ironic, ice-cold conclusion.

“Drug War” might just be the best pure crime film of 2013. Technically and narratively stellar, it already seems like a minor classic of the genre.

Review By: space_base Rating: 9 Date: 2014-01-08
A Nutshell Review: Drug War
Quite a bit I must say, with pros and cons which Drug War seem to be caught under that crossfire. There are a few rules that the Chinese play by, and chief to that is the morals imposed where the bad guys cannot go Scot free. So even without stepping into the cinema, or hear what this film is about, the ending is already cast in stone, which takes a little shine off the fun in being able to follow through the story, and waiting to be surprised at the finale. No matter how tight one’s writing can be, it leads to that inevitable finish, so that expectation is quite the bitch.

Otherwise, China presents itself a new playground in which filmmakers can go and get their vision presented through landscapes yet to be familiar playgrounds. The filmmakers here have ventured beyond the bigger and well known cities, and opted for smaller second tier ones to present that small town, rustic look where one supposes a crime syndicate could thrive under, and operate without too much attention being paid to it. Until Louis Koo’s Cai is seen driving a car in haphazard fashion, suffering from injuries yet to be explained, and setting the stage for something special from the imagination of To and long time collaborator Wai Ka-Fai. That, and a trailer that’s making its rounds for a delivery of its cargo, made up of ingredients necessary for the big time production of ketamine.

Then we must be introduced to the cops, where the anti-narcotic department is given the spotlight for the film’s focus on a drug syndicate. Chinese actor Sun Honglei leads the charge here as the division chief Inspector Zhang, getting introduced as a no-nonsense, hands off type of leader who walks the talk, and never shying away from being in the thick of the action when the need calls for it. In many scenes, it is Sun Honglei’s charismatic presence and superb acting that made this watchable, since his character dabbles in a little bit of role play while undercover, utilizing a vast array of skills within his ability to make it convincing not only to the other characters he deals with, but to the audience as well.

The crux of the story lies in the power and cat and mouse play that both Zhang and Cai engage in, with the latter under the former’s custody, and facing the mandatory death sentence if convicted. Wanting to survive, he strikes a deal with Zhang to allow him access to the bigger fish in the pond, and for Zhang, this is too big an opportunity in his career, and for the wider group of population he serves, to give up. So together with his team, they form an uneasy partnership with Cai, since trust is yet to be earned, suspicion always round the corner that Cai will bolt, and whether they’re walking into a known trap set up by him. The story’s kept at a steady pace by Johnnie To, keeping things quite cerebral in leaving you wondering about Cai’s motivation for the most parts, especially since having to reveal that Cai is quite the slimy, street smart person going all out to ensure his survival.

And I suppose a Milkyway crime thriller isn’t a Milkyway crime thriller if the usual suspects don’t turn up in any capacity. With a relatively fresh faced cast from the Mainland, and with recognizable faces such as Huang Yi playing Sun Honglei’s able deputy, it never really feels quite right without To’s stable of actors tossed into the mix, and thankfully this is one formula that’s being kept. Better yet, this version screened here kept their Cantonese dialogue intact – even Louis Koo was undubbed – and that serves as a more authentic presentation. There’s Lam Suet, Eddie Cheung, Lo Hoi Pang, and Lam Ka Tung amongst others who make an appearance, and contribute where it mattered most, allowing reason for fan boys to cheer.

There’s a wider subtext in the film though, dealing with Hong Kong and China, where the former group sees opportunities in making money in the Mainland, but the message is that collaboration and mutual trust is key. Should one group try to breakaway from an alliance, it serves nobody any advantage, and the outcome may be dire straits. It’s an unfair alliance to begin with since there’s a larger body involved compared to the smaller partner who’s not given a level playing field or too much of a bargaining power, but to play within the rules set will ensure survival.

Not since Election 2 has a Johnnie To film been so direct with its metaphors and allegories, and this is what sets Drug War apart from other run of the mill crime thrillers done by other filmmakers. The Milkyway team has ventured into China with their romantic comedies to some degree of success, and they’ve now shown the way that crime capers also have an avenue in the mainland despite having to play by the rules set by others. This is well worth a watch despite an extended sequence that vaguely resembled something out of MI:4 Ghost Protocol, which is just as gripping as it was opportunity for Sun Honglei to showoff some acting chops, and the expected moans and groans about the ending where To delivers his usual shoot out spectacle to out-gun and outlast any John Woo picture. Recommended!

Review By: DICK STEEL Rating: 10 Date: 2013-04-20

Other Information:

Original Title 毒戰
Release Date 2012-11-15
Release Year 2012

Original Language cn
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Action, Crime, Drama
Director Johnnie To
Writer Ka-Fai Wai, Nai-Hoi Yau, Ryker Chan
Actors Louis Koo, Honglei Sun, Yi Huang
Country China, Hong Kong
Awards 10 wins & 28 nominations
Production Company N/A
Website N/A


Technical Information:

Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 BL4, Technovision/Zeiss Super Speed and Cooke Varotal Lenses, Arriflex 35-III, Technovision/Zeiss Super Speed and Cooke Varotal Lenses, Moviecam Compact, Technovision/Zeiss Super Speed and Cooke Varotal Lenses
Laboratory Shaw Brothers (Hong Kong) Limited, Hong Kong
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji Eterna 250D 8563, Eterna 500T 8573)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Technovision (anamorphic) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm, D-Cinema

Drug War 2012 123movies
Drug War 2012 123movies
Drug War 2012 123movies
Drug War 2012 123movies
Drug War 2012 123movies
Drug War 2012 123movies
Drug War 2012 123movies
Drug War 2012 123movies
Drug War 2012 123movies
Drug War 2012 123movies
Original title 毒戰
TMDb Rating 6.8 185 votes

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