Chasing the Dragon (film)

Chasing the Dragon (Chinese: 追龍; Sidney Lau: Jui1 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. 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
MandarinZhuī Lóng
Directed byWong Jing
Jason Kwan
Produced byWong Jing
Donnie Yen
Andy Lau
Connie Wong
Ren Yue
Jeffrey Chan
Stanley Tong
Yang Guang
Written byWong Jing
StarringDonnie Yen
Andy Lau
Music byChan Kwong-wing
Patrick Lui
CinematographyJason Kwan
Edited byLi Ka-wing
Mega-Vision Project Workshop
Bona Film Group Company
Infinitus Entertainment
Super Bullet
Distributed byMega-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
CountryHong Kong
BudgetCN¥200 million[1]

Chasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch, a sequel-in-name-only featuring new characters and a new storyline was released in June 2019.



Production and release

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. 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] It was a huge hit with audiences in most Mandarin-speaking parts of Asia (including China and Singapore), beating Hollywood blockbuster Blade Runner 2049 and Jackie Chan's The Foreigner, despite being marketed less heavily. In Hong Kong, Chasing the Dragon earned more than 10 times the box office gross of The Foreigner. In China, it earned US$86 million.[7]

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

Awards and nominations

Award Category Recipients Result
37th Hong Kong Film Awards[9][10]Best FilmWong Jing, Donnie Yen, Andy Lau, Connie WongNominated
Best CinematographyJason KwanWon
Best Film EditingLi Ka-wingWon
Best Art DirectionJames CheungNominated
Best Costume & Make Up DesignYee Chung-man, Bruce Yu, Kwok Suk-manNominated
Best Action ChoreographyYu Kang, Yuen Bun, Yan HuaNominated


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