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Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam









"The action-drama is based on the infamous attacks on Chongqing during WWII, which included a total of 268 air raids from 1938 to 1943. Bruce Willis stars as U.S. Air Force Commander Jack Johnson, who trains the Chinese people under harrowing conditions to battle against the Japanese and leads his own aviation squadron against the trained Japanese Air Force."

This movie was shot roughly 2 1/2 years ago.

It's being released in Asia this summer and probably in the States shortly afterwards.


Mel Gibson is a Producer/Art Director on this movie. The poster says Gibson is the "Artistic Producer”

https://www.thewrap.com/mel-gibson-t...e-the-bombing/

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re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

So this isn't about Willis career at this point????
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re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

Perfect title with that cast.

Willis manages to look bored even in the stills.
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re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

When this was announced, its producer "Dr." Shi Jianxiang reminded me of one of those ubiquitous hicks-turned-billionaires who -- with the aid of his friends in the CCP -- basically bought his way into "the movies"
. Hollywood's had plenty of them over the years, too, so it wasn't not surprising to see a nouveau-riche Mainlander flaunting his "player" status with imported second- and third-tier talent in bloated spectacles like this. Undoubtedly this movie will fall in line with all the other derivative, revisionist, under-performing period propaganda the country's been grinding out for years now. However . . .

Shi was the guy became embroiled in the box-office fraud scheme surrounding IP MAN 3:
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...308-story.html
http://chinafilminsider.com/china-bo...mation-record/
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Funding for Ip Man 3’s reported $30 million budget came in part from peer-to-peer (P2P) lending firm JLFEX (易联天下), run by Shi Jianxiang, the billionaire boss of Kuailu Investment Group and executive producer on the film. The fund — like many others in China’s huge and unregulated P2P market — reportedly offered up to 8%-11% yearly returns on investment, which may have provided an incentive for Shi and Kuailu to maximize Ip Man 3’s box office returns by any means possible. This method of “crowdfunding” for the film may have also been a factor in the decision to delay the mainland release for more than two months past the originally scheduled Christmas Eve date, as it allowed more money to be raised.
To make things even seamier, the Shi's main "investment company" was exposed as just another shadow bank conveniently losing/blowing untold sums of money from over 250,000 investors, mostly "mom and pop" types left bankrupt after being conned with empty "showbiz" promises and other schemes:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinese...les-1460799002
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By James T. Areddy
Updated April 16, 2016 5:33 a.m. ET

SHANGHAI—A crisis rocking a loosely regulated lending network is underlining the risks of a financing boom that has channeled Chinese household money into Hollywood movies and Wall Street deals.

Droves of teary-eyed investors from around China have descended on Shanghai Kuailu Investment Group’s swanky offices over the past week to demand their money back after the firm halted redemptions on wealth-management products for the roughly 250,000 clients of the firm and three affiliates.

The uncertainty around investments handled by Kuailu could force a re-evaluation of a financing trend that has become widespread, in the latest knock to a financial system damaged by months of stock-market turmoil and a slowing economy.

Kuailu is one of thousands of finance companies in a universe of Chinese “shadow banks” that funnel investors’ funds to businesses and individuals, often with an assurance of high returns. Moody’s Investors Service estimated credit extended by nonbank financing companies in China stood at $370 billion in mid-2015. Many Chinese refer to ​the diverse industry using English: “P2P,” as in peer-to-peer lending, though that business of matching small lenders and borrowers is just one segment of operations at Kuailu.

Kuailu isn’t the first such lender to leave investors hanging amid recent collapses in the sector. What is distinctive is how its problems are exposing an international dimension to the industry, which bankers said is common but little understood.

The Shanghai firm invested in at least 20 feature films, including the coming release of “The Bombing” starring Bruce Willis, according to the company. Client money holds a slice of a $9 billion deal to privatize New York Stock Exchange-listed Chinese Internet-security company Qihoo 360 Technology Co. , firm marketing documents show.

A crisis-management specialist that Kuailu’s founding chairman this month put in charge of sorting through $1.5 billion in liabilities told The Wall Street Journal it wasn’t a Ponzi scheme, a fear some investors have raised with the company.

“No cash flow. That’s the issue,” said Xu Qi, who estimated assets cover about 90% of what is owed to investors, but that most of it is tied up in investments or projects that can’t be quickly converted to cash.

Companies like Kuailu got their start in peer-to-peer lending, initially a modest effort to supply money to Chinese households and entrepreneurs that was endorsed by top government officials as a way to power new streams of consumer activity.

But crowdsourced lending has quickly expanded and now powers financing across China, from wedding loans to land speculation. Like banks, but with less regulation, such lenders compete aggressively for deposits, often via online platforms. Many attract money faster than they can thoroughly research investments, according to analysts.

The turmoil around Kuailu follows the collapse in recent weeks of shadow lenders in other cities and emerged just as Shanghai authorities shut a peer-to-peer lending network, according to China’s official Xinhua News Agency.

Many of Kuailu’s investment products promise high returns and redemption after a few months, according to company contracts reviewed by the Journal, but investors said few understood that the company’s success hinged on long-term projects. The mismatch made Kuailu’s business model fundamentally flawed, said Mr. Xu.

In Hollywood, the firm’s now-absent founder and former chairman, Shi Jianxiang, cultivated relationships with celebrities like Mike Tyson and Sylvester Stallone, according to people who know Mr. Shi and images on the company website. Mr. Xu termed Hollywood Mr. Shi’s “personal desire.”

The firm pushed its products by bundling them with tickets to movie screenings, vacation vouchers and galas, offering big spenders the chance to hobnob with film stars like Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, according to investors and the firm’s publications.

Its Wall Street links are newer and not as deep, according to marketing materials reviewed by the Journal, which show how Kuailu put money into a strategy built around Chinese companies delisting from U.S. exchanges to relaunch on domestic markets. Company documents said the Qihoo deal could return up to 415% on investments that started above $155,000.

Kuailu investors are now gathering daily at its offices to complain that they were conned by sales agents who played up the potential for high returns on funds peddled by Kuailu and its affiliate brands, including Jinlu, Hongqiao and Intraday, also known as Dangtian, while playing down the difficulty of profiting on some deals.

Mr. Xu, who said he has no financial stake in Kuailu, said the group was careless in valuing assets and likely skirted fund-registration rules meant to protect investors from fraud. He said the nationwide sales network under several different brands—the headquarters of Jinlu and Dangtian are a floor apart—was designed to make the firm look smaller than it is.

A Shanghai government spokeswoman declined to answer questions about regulatory oversight of Kuailu or the impact of its troubles. Mr. Xu said he is in daily contact with local financial regulators.

On Tuesday, about 500 investors squeezed into a Kuailu ballroom to seek answers. Mr. Xu said few of them could expect any money before July; the firm’s official statements extend the repayment timeline to March 2018.

Business-registration filings show Mr. Shi founded Kuailu as an offshoot of a state-owned wire maker in 2003. Last year, Mr. Shi’s net worth was put at $750 million by Shanghai wealth-tracking firm Hurun Report. He is now hospitalized with a serious heart condition in Hong Kong, according to Mr. Xu.

Mr. Xu said Kuailu’s cash-flow problems worsened in March after government regulators alleged movie houses fraudulently inflated box-office receipts for “Ip Man 3,” a martial-arts movie starring Mr. Tyson and funded in part by financial products sold through Kuailu’s network.

Mr. Xu said Kuailu’s well-known association to the film hurt its reputation and prompted its banks to cancel credit lines in March.

Later in the month, a signal from China’s central government that it had shelved plans for a new stock-trading platform in Shanghai meant another setback for Kuailu, which had marketed the new board as a route for its investors to profit on the Qihoo privatization.

Qihoo, which recently won U.S. shareholder approval to take itself private in the first step of its homecoming plan, didn’t respond to questions. Mr. Xu said Kuailu’s portion is fractional and shouldn’t affect the privatization.

This week, investor Li Lin pushed her way into the executive offices of Kuailu’s Dangtian affiliate and kicked a door marked “chairman.” The 32-year-old Ms. Li, who is five months pregnant, shouted that she wanted her money back and brandished contracts that showed she made deposits of about $39,000.

Ms. Li said she began investing with Kuailu after its salespeople visited her apartment toting a portable credit-card reader and concert tickets as gifts, including for a show with Hong Kong heartthrob Ekin Cheng.

“There is a Chinese saying: Gifts blind the eyes,” Ms. Li said. “After receiving these free tickets, I felt somehow obliged to buy their products.”

—Yifan Xie in Shanghai and Lilian Lin in Beijing contributed to this article.

In Hollywood, the firm’s now-absent founder and former chairman, Shi Jianxiang, cultivated relationships with celebrities like Mike Tyson and Sylvester Stallone, according to people who know Mr. Shi and images on the company website. Mr. Xu termed Hollywood Mr. Shi’s “personal desire.”

The firm pushed its products by bundling them with tickets to movie screenings, vacation vouchers and galas, offering big spenders the chance to hobnob with film stars like Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, according to investors and the firm’s publications.

Not long after, he resigned from another of his "investment" companies that partly-funded IP MAN 3 and presumably disappeared:
http://variety.com/2016/film/asia/sh...ng-1201744733/

And last year, this petition to hunt him down to face fraud charges went up. Not sure how or if that played out:
https://whitehousepetitions.tumblr.c...ianxiang-for-2


All of that said, I have to wonder if THE BOMBING is just getting summarily dumped in theatres/on video simply because it exists and has some "marketable" cast members. Hopefully press coverage and reviews of it will pop down this sleazy rabbit hole.

Also interesting to suddenly see EXPENDABLES 4 back on the radar, another project originally to have involved major cash injections from the good "doctor".

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re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

1st trailer (for Chinese audiences)



Movie is now called "Unbreakable Spirit"

No U.S. release date yet. Will be released in Asian theaters this August.

Only 1 quick glimpse of Willis in the trailer. He's only a supporting character.
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re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

With no director listed in the thread title, and the recent movie title change, I must admit I was hoping for some info on a new M. Night Shyamalan film with Bruce. That being said, I enjoy most World War II movies I have seen, and still like Bruce Willis. I'll check this out
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re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam




Another name change. Now called "Air Strike" This is the title for U.S. audiences.


Bruce Willis headlines this pulse-pounding epic about the courage of China’s citizens during WWII. As a U.S. Army colonel (Willis) trains Chinese aviators to battle Japanese fighters, a hotheaded pilot begs to fly a powerful bomber that could stop the attacks. Meanwhile, a team of spies and refugees must carry a game-changing decoder device through the war-torn countryside. Also starring Adrien Brody and Rumer Willis, Air Strike portrays this historic conflict in a thrilling new light.

New U.S. trailer from Lionsgate:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xc57rIc0BrI" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>


Comes out in limited theatrical release and on demand October 26th.
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re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

"Inspired by true events" - I'm just curious as to which events and if they remotely resemble anything in the movie.
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re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

WWII was a true event. That could've been the inspiration.
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re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

Originally Posted by TomOpus
WWII was a true event. That could've been the inspiration.


I was hoping for something just a tad more specific.
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re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum


I was hoping for something just a tad more specific.
Well, the OP has some more specific info in the description. I'm sure some liberties were taken. I'm not interested enough to read reviews to see if anyone mentions how accurate the movie is.
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Re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

And canceled

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/...rs/1668153002/

Since it was already completed I wonder if it will ever be released down the line sometime. Or maybe they thought this might be a better excuse to make sure this dumpster fire never sees the light of day.

EDIT: Was this already released in other territories?

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Re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
"Inspired by true events" - I'm just curious as to which events and if they remotely resemble anything in the movie.

Originally Posted by TomOpus
WWII was a true event. That could've been the inspiration.


Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum


I was hoping for something just a tad more specific.
The best one-two-three post combo I have read in some time!
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Maybe we should take it on the road. Just need a drummer for the rimshots.
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Re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

Originally Posted by mattysemo247
And canceled

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/...rs/1668153002/

Since it was already completed I wonder if it will ever be released down the line sometime. Or maybe they thought this might be a better excuse to make sure this dumpster fire never sees the light of day.

EDIT: Was this already released in other territories?
Maybe they’re just holding onto it until they can give it a title. I’m not sure they’ve come up with anything yet.
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Re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

Originally Posted by DJariya











This movie was shot roughly 2 1/2 years ago.

It's being released in Asia this summer and probably in the States shortly afterwards.


Mel Gibson is a Producer/Art Director on this movie. The poster says Gibson is the "Artistic Producer”

https://www.thewrap.com/mel-gibson-t...e-the-bombing/
Is Mel Gibson still involved?
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Originally Posted by Why So Blu?
Is Mel Gibson still involved?
Yeah it was shot 3 years ago.

He’s the Art Director of the film. Whatever that means. And he was also a Creative Supervising Producer.
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Sounds like a "marketing title".
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Originally Posted by DJariya
He’s the Art Director of the film. Whatever that means.
Basically it means if you've got ill-gotten mountains of other people's money to throw at him, he'll work on your birthday party video if you want him to.

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Not surprising that the Fan Bing-bing scandal drove the final nail into the coffin for this film. It's been quite the drama since she "disappeared" back in June after a TV host aired information regarding the "yin-yang contracts" employed throughout the Mainland Chinese film industry -- one contract to report income to the government, a second contract showing how much more the performers were actually getting paid, which was always significantly higher -- then reemerged recently with a humble attitude and a hefty tax bill.

While it goes without saying that tax evasion -- especially among the elite who are prone to employing all manner of chicanery to enjoy it -- should be punished wherever it goes on, Communist China's methodology of 'disappearing' a person for months without trial or sentencing makes me cringe. But hey, that's life under the CCP, not unlike what the not-so-illustrious "Dr." Shi Jianxiang (the producer of this film mentioned in my earlier post above) learned after deciding that being a movie mogul was his calling in a country that's had only the most rudimentary of capitalist "freedoms" for barely a generation. And hey, who wouldn't prefer the "option" given to Fan here versus the expensive and drawn-out trial and probable prison sentence she might have received in the west? No doubt the friendly neighborhood CCP has many, many ways to ensure she pays up.

Fan Bingbing Apologizes for Tax Evasion: ‘I Feel Ashamed and Guilty for What I Did’
(although I'm betting she more realistically thinks "I feel ashamed and guilty that I got caught".)

China Cracks Down on Entertainment Industry Taxes After Fan Bingbing Scandal
I've seen some pretty big names bandied about in relation to this year-end "opportunity for self-correction" -- including some Hong Kong names who never should've sold their souls in the first place -- but I suppose if they pay up on time their names won't be dragged through the rumor mill as much as Fan's was, and perhaps their careers will stay on track. Mind you, now that China is circling the wagons in so many ways, these folks will probably all be making nothing but propaganda movies the rest of the world doesn't want to see in short order, and probably at whatever passes for "scale" in the "reformed" Mainlander film industry.

There's a bit more detail about the film's cancellation in this Variety piece, which also brings Cui Yan-Yan, the TV host (and apparent CCP lapdog) who exposed Fan in the first place, back into the picture:
China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped

Cui alleges that vastly larger sums of Shanghai pension fund money were washed through the production. “[Unbreakable Spirit] had more than $432 million (RMB3 billion) coming from unidentifiable sources. During production, $245 million (RMB1.7 billion) was extracted through dirty tricks. This is why the director and crew are unable to clarify exactly how much money has been spent,” Cui wrote. “We must boycott the film.”
For all of it's own improprieties and indiscretions, I'd like to think Hollywood might learn something from all of this and reconsider its decision to jump into bed with China in recent years -- especially considering the largely inconsequential and often ridiculous fruits of those labors -- but then again, it is Hollywood we're talking about, so . . .

In the end, I seriously doubt AIR STRIKE or UNBREAKABLE SPIRIT or DERIVATIVE CHINESE HISTORICAL EPIC (or whatever it's called) will become some unsung "lost treasure" that film buffs will be clamoring to unearth years or decades from now. Despite sympathizing with the treatment China suffered at the hands of the Japanese before and during the WWII, I find it too easy to read most modern mainland period movies like this one as little more than bloated propaganda -- laced with more revisionist history than any ten contemporary American war movies of your choosing put together -- that by default end up toeing the repressive CCP party's lines.
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Re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

Not dead in the U.S.

Lionsgate is still releasing it on the 26th.

https://deadline.com/2018/10/air-str...on-1202485151/
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I wonder why they will even bother??
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Re: Air Strike (2018) -- S: Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Simon Yam

Originally Posted by d2cheer
I wonder why they will even bother??
Film has been shot. They bought the rights. Why would they care about what the Chinese do? They can probably make like $10-20K on it from VOD and a limited theatrical release just because it has Bruce Willis’ name on it.
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If nothing else, and regardless of Willis' drawing power, the scandal(s) will draw additional eyeballs to it that it probably wouldn't have bothered otherwise. The mainland Chinese diaspora is rather large around the world. I'm sure Lionsgate is banking, at least in part, on being the distributors of a "controversial" movie that all but banned in its home market.
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This shit's playing out here on one screen at an AMC in Monterey Park.

https://www.atomtickets.com/movies/air-strike-/276473
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Wow, the Air Bud movies have taken a dark turn ...

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