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Chasing the Dragon (Chinese: 追龍; Jyutping: Zeoi1 Lung4), previously known as King of Drug Dealers, is a Hong Kong-Chinese action crime drama film directed by Wong Jing and Jason Kwan. The film stars Andy Lau reprising his role as Lee Rock from the film series of the same name, Donnie Yen as Crippled Ho, based on real life gangster Ng Sek-ho (zh). The film is about an illegal immigrant from China who sneaks into British-colonized Hong Kong in 1963 and transforms himself into a ruthless and emerging drug lord. [1][2][3] The film is a remake of the 1991 film, To Be Number One.[4]

Chasing the Dragon
Film poster
Traditional 追龍
Simplified 追龙
Mandarin Zhuī Lóng
Cantonese Zeoi1 Lung4
Directed by Wong Jing
Jason Kwan
Produced by Wong Jing
Donnie Yen
Andy Lau
Connie Wong
Ren Yue
Jeffrey Chan
Stanley Tong
Yang Guang
Written by Wong Jing
Starring Donnie Yen
Andy Lau
Music by Chan Kwong-wing
Patrick Lui
Cinematography Jason Kwan
Edited by Li Ka-wing
Mega-Vision Project Workshop
Bona Film Group Company
Infinitus Entertainment
Super Bullet
Distributed by Mega-Vision Project Workshop Limited
Release date
  • September 28, 2017 (2017-09-28) (Hong Kong)
  • September 30, 2017 (2017-09-30) (China)
Running time
128 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Budget CN¥200 million[1]




Production and releaseEdit

Director Wong Jing personally flew to Canada in 2016 to persuade Yen to star in his film Chasing the Dragon, while Yen was filming xXx: The Return of Xander Cage at that time. Yen was convinced by Wong's sincerity, playing a non-traditional role of a villain with limited fighting scenes and the opportunity to work alongside Andy Lau.[citation needed] Yen flew back to Asia to take part in the film after filming xXx in 2016.

In September 2017, Chasing the Dragon was released to mixed reviews from critics.[6] Chasing the Dragon was also a huge hit with audiences in most Mandarin-speaking parts of Asia (including China, Singapore and Hong Kong), beating Hollywood blockbuster Blade Runner 2049 and Jackie Chan's The Foreigner, despite being marketed less heavily than the two films. In Hong Kong, Chasing the Dragon earned more than 10 times of the box office gross of The Foreigner, and is ranked one of the top 5 highest-grossing Hong Kong films in 2017. Chasing the Dragon earned US$86 million in China.[7]

Chasing the Dragon was released as a digital, Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on January 23, 2018.[8]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Category Recipients Result
37th Hong Kong Film Awards[9][10] Best Film Wong Jing, Donnie Yen, Andy Lau, Connie Wong Nominated
Best Cinematography Jason Kwan Won
Best Film Editing Li Ka-wing Won
Best Art Direction James Cheung Nominated
Best Costume & Make Up Design Yee Chung-man, Bruce Yu, Kwok Suk-man Nominated
Best Action Choreography Yu Kang, Yuen Bun, Yan Hua Nominated


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