The Chasing the Dragon trailer features martial arts star Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as a gangster in 1963 Hong Kong. The action film also stars Andy Lau (The Great Wall) as corrupt cop Lee Rock, a character that Lau previously played in two films in the early 1990s, Lee Rock and Lee Rock II.
Previously titled King of Drug Dealers, Chasing the Dragon is a remake of the 1991 gangster film, To Be Number One, which starred Ray Lui as Crippled Ho, based on real-life gangster Ng Sek-ho. Distributed by Mega-Vision Project, Chasing the Dragon was released in China and Hong Kong in late September. The film is set be released on January 23, 2018 as a digital, Blu-ray and DVD combo pack. The movie also includes optional English dubs and subtitles.
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Screen Rant has received an exclusive Chasing the Dragon trailer, which showcases Donnie Yen as "righteous gangster" Crippled Ho alongside "ambitious cop" Lee Rock (Andy Lau) in 1960s Hong Kong, where "everything is fair game." The movie explores the story of Crippled Ho, an illegal immigrant from mainland China, who comes to Hong Kong at a time when the territory was controlled by the British. Crippled Ho rises to power as a powerful drug lord by creating an empire from the criminal underworld of drug dealers and corrupt police.
In the trailer, we see Lee Rock under attack from criminals when he is suddenly rescued by Crippled Ho, who fights them off. Afterward, Rock can be seen forming an alliance with Ho. Rock tells Ho that from now on, the two of them are the "kings of Hong Kong." The moment sets the stage for numerous scenes of intense action, including shootouts, brutal killings, martial arts sequences, and car chases.
For Donnie Yen, Chasing the Dragon's Crippled Ho appears to be a departure from the actor's usual roles, which are typically martial arts masters and heroes. Apparently, the film's director Wong Jing, personally flew to Canada during the filming of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage to ask Yen to take the part. The idea of playing a more villainous character and the opportunity to work with Andy Lau convinced Yen to take the role. Following the film's release in China and Hong Kong, the movie was well-received by critics, who praised the performances of Yen and Lau. The film is one of the top five highest-grossing Hong Kong movies of 2017.
Chasing the Dragon releases on Blu-ray and DVD January 23, 2018.