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The Dante Lam Chiu Yin directed, Eddie Peng Yu-Yan and Zhang Hanyu starred crime action film OPERATION MEKONG will open Friday for the National Day slot. Two days ago the creative team was invited to attend the Silk Road Film Festival closing ceremony. At the morning press conference, Peng Yu-Yan said that for his drug intelligence agent character in the film he had to completely transform his appearance. From the start it was very hard for him to accept. Lam Chiu Yin said that he made this film to seek justice for China.
OPERATION was based on the shocking October 15 Mekong River multinational case. Speaking of his initial intention of making the film, Lam Chiu Yin said that when 13 innocent comrades met their demise outside the country every Chinese people's hearts were filled with anger. He made this film not only to provide the respect that the lost lives deserved but also to seek justice for China. Zhang Hanyu said on a video, "This is a search for justice for our 13 comrades who died innocently. It also tells the entire world, anyone who kills our comrades would pay an eye for an eye." The film also revealed for the first time the behind the scene secrets of the production. Over the past three years in order to bring the film to actual locations, Lam Chiu Yin brought everyone back to the scene of the crime, scouted locations all over and visited the Mekong River many times. He even visited a drug trade village. During the shoot he even suffered the various obstacles like weather changes, complicated geography and bug swarms. Lam Chiu Yin admitted, "Many scenes in this film for me were first attempts. This time with OPERATION MEKONG, from the start of its preparation I already predicted unprecedented difficulties." He also felt deeply honored to shoot the first Chinese police overseas law enforcement case into a film.
Peng Yu-Yan who has already worked with Director Lam three times displayed an evil image that was drastically different from his sunny handsome image. He admitted, "At the beginning I wasn't too used to this look either. After changing I was often unrecognizable on the set. Actually I never thought of making a living with my face. Actors should meet the characters' demands. I am willing to attempt any challenging role." In addition, in order to be even close to his character, Peng Yu-Yan under Lam Chiu Yin's "inhumane" special training learned English, Thai, Burmese, gun and Muay Thai training, which made him into an "all propose warrior" after the completion of the film.