By: John M Jerva
There’s no denying that prolific Hong Kong filmmaker Dante Lam has made some of the most epic action flicks in the last few years in Operation Mekong and Operation Red Sea and now the director has reunited with one of his go to action stars in Eddie Peng for a new disaster epic titled The Rescue. The film is finally seeing the light of day this month as it was delayed courtesy of the ongoing pandemic but will now see a U.S. release along with Australia, the UK, New Zealand and Canada. I did a post day back in January when the film was initially set to hit but now it’s finally among fans who are yearning for some high-octane heroics.
THE RESCUE is the first film to showcase the China Rescue & Salvage (CRS), a lesser-known division of the Chinese Coast Guard. Founded in 1951, the unit is charged with responding to all maritime emergencies on Chinese waters, which range from shipwreck salvage missions to marine firefighting.
The film will hit theaters across the US December 18.
Boasting one of the biggest budgets ever for a Chinese film at $100 million, the stunt- and pyrotechnic-filled spectacle features an A-list Hollywood production team that includes Academy Award-winning cinematographer Peter Pau (“Crouching Tiger”, “Hidden Dragon”, “The Forbidden Kingdom”), production designer Martin Laing (“Titanic”, “Clash of the Titans”) and special effects supervisor John Frazier (“Spider-Man”, “Transformers”). The film also stars major Chinese and Taiwanese talent, including Eddie Peng (“The Great Wall”), Wang Yanlin, Xin Zhilei, and Lan Yingying (“Pacific Rim Uprising”).
To get you properly pumped for the 18th, check out the new trailer below!