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Well Go USA and Variance Films Bring Johnnie To's 'Drug War' to North America

Photo of Casey Cipriani By Casey Cipriani | Indiewire June 21, 2013 at 4:38PM

Well Go USA and Variance Films Bring Johnnie To's 'Drug War' to North America
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Drug War

Well Go USA Entertainment and Variance Films announced today that they have teamed up for the eighth time to bring director Johnnie To's latest crime drama "Drug War" to North America. Previous films brought over by the team from Asia include "Ip Man 2," "Let the Bullets Fly," and "Tai Chi Zero."  

Johnnie To, widely acclaimed in his native Hong Kong, has earned accolades for favoring tightly wound plots intertwined with expertly choreographed action sequences. 

"Johnnie To is a fantastic filmmaker and 'Drug War' is a fantastic film," said Jason Pfardrescher of Well Go USA. "Well Go is very excited to bring it to theaters across the continent with a trusted partner."

"We"ve admittedly got a soft spot for a great thriller over here, but our entire team hit the roof when Well Go showed us 'Drug War,'" said Dylan Marchetti of Variance Films. "Johnnie To is a master of the genre, and this film is him at the top of this game, so we think audiences are going hit the roof as well."

Here's the official synopsis for "Drug War":

Manufacturing just fifty grams of meth in China will earn you a death sentence. Timmy Choi (Louis Koo) has manufactured tons, and after a violent lab accident, he's in the custody of Captain Zhang (Sun Honglei).  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 line between duty and recklessness is blurred, and it becomes unclear whether Zhang or Choi actually has the upper hand.

Prior to its release, "Drug War" screened in Rome, Rotterdam and London and will also play at the upcoming New York Asian Film Festival.

"Drug War" will premiere at the IFC Center on July 26 and will expand throughout the summer. It will hit Los Angeles and ten other U.S. markets on Aug. 2, plus Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottowa.