Drug War, Du zhan Image 6

From Brushed in Light: Calligraphy in East Asian Cinema by Markus Nornes

  • Johnny To’s Drug War (Du zhan, 2012) combines the same Yan Zenqing character for war with the character for “poison” brushed by Yuan Dynasty scholar and calligrapher Zhao Mengfu (1254–1322). The animated sequence shows a blood vessel crystalizing into cocaine and sprinkling into the shape of the film’s title. Am English translation of the title is "stenciled" below the Chinese.
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  • Asian Studies
  • Media Studies
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