The most anticipated action film “The Rescue”, directed by Dante Lam, produced by Candy Leung, will be released in North America, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom on January 25, 2020, Chinese Lunar New Year. Starring Eddie Peng, Wang Yanlin, Xin Zhilei as the lead roles, the film is anticipated to hit local theaters on Chinese New Year in early 2020.

This is the second time that Dante Lam’s film releases in Chinese New Year, one of the biggest holiday seasons in China’s film market. “The Rescue” has scheduled a day-and-date opening with China in North America, Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom on the first day of Chinese New Year. CMC Pictures acquires the distribution rights of United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The company has distributed several top Chinese films oversea during the past several years, including the hit sci-fi blockbuster “The Wandering Earth” in 2019, which has topped the recent 10 years Chinese films box-office record in North America.

After the success of his two action films “Operation Mekong” and “Operation Red Sea”, director Dante Lam attempted another challenging subject for his new big-budget film. “The Rescue” is the first Chinese film focus on China’s Coast Guard rescue organization. The core of “The Rescue” is about expressing national rescue prowess, thus to deliver more comprehensible content to international audiences.

As with all of Lam’s films, the director insisted on authenticity to make the action as hard-hitting as possible, including the use of a real aircraft in a plane crash scene, and with the cast undergoing strict professional training before the shoot and performing their own stunts during filming. At the same time, the film has a powerfully human story at its core, with its team of down to earth characters showing incredible heroism and bravery as they sacrifice everything to save lives in the face of deadly danger. 

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