Operation Mekong- -
Chinese narco-cops take their mission to the Golden Triangle following the Mekong River massacre of innocent fishermen by the region's drug lord.
Chinese narco-cops take their mission to the Golden Triangle following the Mekong River massacre of innocent fishermen by the region’s drug lord.
Operation Mekong (湄公河行动; Méigōng Hé Xíngdòng) is a 2016 Chinese-Hong Kong crime action film directed by Dante Lam and starring Zhang Hanyu and Eddie Peng. The film is based on the 2011 Mekong River massacre. It was released in China on September 30, 2016 and became one of the highest-grossing films in China.
The members of the operation have aliases: in the Chinese version they are named after deities in Chinese folk religion, while in the English versions the names are changed to deities in Greek mythology.
Operation Mekong opened on 30 September 2016. It concerns an incident that occurred in Chiang Saen District of Chiang Rai Province on 5 October 2011 when 13 Chinese crew members from two cargo ships were murdered by a Myanmar drug-trafficking ring.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, responding to news of the film’s imminent release, said that the film would be banned in Thailand if it was found to “damage” the country. “I have ordered authorities to check the content of Operation Mekong. If it is damaging, it will be banned,” Gen Prayut said. Some believe that the reason for his government’s nervousness is that Thai troops, the “elite” anti-drug Pa Muang Task Force, were known to have been at the scene of the massacre. Nine soldiers were arrested, but “…have since disappeared from the justice system.” Naw Kham, a Golden Triangle drug kingpin, and his gang were found guilty of attacking the two Chinese cargo ships in collusion with Thai soldiers. He was executed in March 2013 in China along with three accomplices, including a Thai national. [wikipedia]