By: John M Jerva

In the last few years, celebrated Hong Kong director Dante Lam has dished out some of the best action cinema on both sides of the ocean with the hard hitting Operation Mekong as well as his follow up Operation Red Sea. Both films were top tier shoot ’em ups and showcased rousing action set pieces that have won audiences over worldwide.

Lam is back and now he’s giving us an epic disaster film titled The Rescue which stars Eddie Peng who also was featured in Operation Mekong. The film tells the harrowing story of the Chinese Coast Guard who must face unbelievable odds when disaster hits. The movie has seen success in its native China and now the movie will hit North American cinemas starting on January 24th in time for the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Peng headlines the pic as the leader of an elite sea, air and land rescue team. The film also features noted cinematographer Peter Pauwho worked on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as well as visual effects supervisor John Frazier who is best known for working on Spider-Man and Transformers.

With a budget of $100 million, THE RESCUE is one of the most expensive Chinese films ever produced and features a production team that includes Academy Award-winning cinematographer Peter Pau (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and visual effects supervisor John Frazier (Spider-Man, Transformers). The film is one of the major tentpole releases of the Chinese New Year movie season. 

I was recenlty invited to a special screening of the movie in Los Angeles as you can see above but I am unable to make the cross country track to see it. Even though I am unfortunately unable to see it on the west coast, I felt I still should do my part in promoting the flick for my audience.

Lam is one of the best directors working out of Hong Kong right now and The Rescue promises to be just as pulse pounding as his other recent efforts.

If you’re able to catch it on the big screen then I suggest you do so and I’m sure the film will hit home video soon like Lam’s other titles. In the meantime, check out the trailer for the movie below!

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