RATS
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RATS is set in the evolving world of the Czech-Vietnamese meth syndicates which are led by an immigrant mafia, funded by cryptocurrency and monitored by the DEA, (National Anti-Drug Centre of the Czech Republic) who have to change their traditional tactics in order to adapt to the new order.  But change begets mistakes, which often cost lives, and nobody wants to end up as a rat for the DEA, but David (Cyril Dobrý) didn’t have a choice.  After cracking under the interrogation of Major Jan Blažek (Václav Neužil), spilling the secrets of the syndicate and betraying his best friend, becoming an informant might be his best chance to survive.

Only now he’s being targeted by the police and the mafia, with only the ambitious police analyst Petra Vávrová (Lenka Krobotová) to back him up.  In a world where nobody trusts him and he can trust nobody, David is learning to make up the rules as he goes along.

Based on true stories and made in collaboration with the National Anti-Drug Centre of the Czech Republic (DEA), RATS was created and written by talented young Czech screenwriter Miro Šifra (Rédl) and directed by multi award-winning Viktor Tauš (Vodnik, Clownwise, Dom) of Heaven’s Gate and Matěj Chlupáček (Terapie) of Barletta Productions in association with Czech TV and MD4.

Original Title : Zradci
Genre : Crime
Quality : HD
Production Year : 2020
Run Time : 6 x 60'
Author's Statement

If you wish to understand how the drug business in Europe works, you have to learn about two powerful players.

The first is a Vietnamese mafia based in central Europe in the Czech Republic. There, the Vietnamese people settled back in the communist era as part of an exchange between the socialist countries. The bond between the two is palpable until today. In the last 10 years and with vehement support of the Vietnamese government, some of the Vietnamese businessmen (knows as Bacs - Uncles) became important producers and distributors of marihuana and meth. They own 2/3 of the market in the Czech Republic alone and their product floods all of Western Europe. Their hierarchy and structure are decentralized and so closing a few meth labs means nothing - new ones are funded and opened straight away.

Player number two is the Internet - especially the dark web. To buy meth online is as difficult as to buy a refrigerator. The drugs are delivered by a postman, just like any other parcel.

RATS is set in this new world, where the DEA (the National Anti-Drug Centre of the Czech Republic) must change their ways if they are to keep up with the ever-changing market. But this calls for mistakes and mistakes cost lives. The series is based on true stories and is made in collaboration with the DEA

Miro Sifra, Script Writer

Media Reviews

RATS is the most mature and interesting series the Czech television has ever produced. It is no longer sufficient to praise it as something unparalleled in the Czech environment; this show stands out beyond its context and circumstances.

Martin Svoboda - DENÍK N

Media Reviews

Unlike the way Czech detective series are traditionally perceived, Tauš advocates a good detective story shouldn’t just stimulate the viewer’s curiosity, intellect and craving for suspense; it should also be beautiful to watch. With great confidence, RATS liberates Czech detective story from its dependence on the careful way the genre and the topic have been approached so far.

- RESPEKT

Media Reviews

What sets RATS apart from other crime series is its idiosyncratic artistic rendering. Viktor Tauš surpasses the habitual practices of TV series making with a dose of teasing joy. A western-like feel on deserted small town roadways.

Mirka Spáčilová - MF DNES

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