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Operation Mekong
    2016-10-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    FANS of stylish, dense drug-trade sagas like Netflix’s “Narcos” will want to check out director Dante Lam’s “Operation Mekong,” a Hong Kong action-thriller about the real-life hunt for a murderous kingpin in the wilds of the Golden Triangle. Though more sensationalistic than serious, this film has a scale and an energy that rivals any Hollywood blockbuster.

    Zhang Hanyu and Eddie Peng costar as experienced narcotics officers from different jurisdictions, thrown together to thwart notorious drug lord and pirate captain Naw Kham, whose operatives have been spreading violence and obstructing trade from Thailand to China.

    “Operation Mekong” was inspired by the 2011 “Mekong River Massacre,” and the international furor that followed. Don’t expect docu-realistic detail of what happened, though. This film is framed more like a straightforward buddy cop picture, with flatly functional dialogue to set up the next chase scene.

    On the morning of Oct. 5, 2011, two Chinese cargo ships which were traveling on the Mekong River in the Golden Triangle region on the borders of Burma and Thailand, were attacked and all 13 crew members were brutally murdered, with their bodies dumped in the river. On the ships, 900,000 methamphetamine pills were recovered. The Chinese government reached an agreement with Myanmar, Thailand and Laos, to jointly patrol the river. “Operation Mekong” tells the story of the men and women of the special task force that was created for this very situation.

    As the special task force tries to discover the lair of Naw Kham, the drug lord suspected of masterminding the river massacre, they come up against obstacles in every direction. When they discover that one of his men who fled the gang, has been recaptured and is being held hostage, the group decides to break him out so they can retrieve the exact location of Kham’s whereabouts. But things don’t go according to plan and during the brazen mid-day escape, their prisoner is killed in a hail of bullets.

    With no more leads to help them with their mission, things suddenly begin to look up when an old friend of the group’s leader, an undercover cop working in the same region as Kham, is able to hook them up with some of Kham’s men, pretending to be drug dealers. After an exciting shootout and chase through a mall, they manage to apprehend a suspect, the team is able to acquire Kham’s location in the jungle and gear up for war.

    Although the events that transpired on the two ships in the beginning are actually based on real events, the rest of the movie is just an obvious excuse to use excessive bullets and exorbitant amounts of explosions. Not that it is a bad thing, on the contrary, the action throughout is fast and furious and delivers top-notch entertainment. The compulsory finale that ensues in the middle of the jungle, gives director Lam free reign to blow up and decimate as much property as he wants, without having to worry about collateral damage.

    Running at just a little over two hours long, there are many scenes that could have been trimmed or completely excised but in the end, the outrageous gunplay, edge-of-your-seat car chases, and masterful pacing, more than makes up for them.

    Will viewers come away with a nuanced view of the moral compromises inherent in policing the opiate industry? Absolutely not. But for thrill-seekers who want to zip between opulent nightclubs and elaborate shootouts in stunning mountaintop forests, “Operation Mekong” has a strong kick, with minimal side effects.

    The movie is now being screened in Shenzhen.

    (SD-Agencies)

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