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Rome hooked on Drug War

Rome hooked on Drug War

By Patrick Frater

Sun, 11 November 2012, 20:08 PM (HKT)

Festival News

The International Rome Film Festival has unveiled Drug War 毒戰 (2012), a new action thriller by Hong Kong's Johnnie TO 杜琪峯 as its second 'surprise film' from Asia.

The picture was To's first thriller to shoot in mainland China – in Tianjin – and with drugs and criminality at its heart is a difficult subject for a Chinese production. A late clearance by Chinese censors may in part explain Rome's late announcement.

Produced Milkyway Image (HK) Ltd 銀河映像(香港)有限公司 with investment from China's Beijing Hairun Pictures Co Ltd 北京海潤影業有限公司, the film is written by To's regular collaborator WAI Ka-fai 韋家輝. The cast includes Louis KOO 古天樂, SUN Honglei 孫紅雷 and Crystal HUANG 黃奕.

In the film, police captain Zhang (Sun) partners with drug lord Timmy Choi (Koo) after he is arrested. To avoid the death penalty, Choi has agreed to give up his partners who operate a major cocaine ring. But Zhang is suspicious that Choi is also double-crossing the police as they close in on an ironclad drug factory.

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