25 September 2023

The Bombing

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Director: Xiao Feng, Defiant Screen Entertainment.

Cast: Bruce Willis, Ye Liu, Adrien Brody.

It has been more than 70 years, but this film is a fitting memorial to the Allied victory in World War II. The Bombing tells an important, untold story, inspired by true events.

Director Xiao Feng was motivated by the little-known account of the Bombing of Chongqing by the Empire of Japan.

Willis (Die Hard, The Expendables) and Brody (The Pianist) star in an incredible tale of honour and immense bravery against the backdrop of the Second World War.

The courage of ordinary Chinese citizens is obvious in this story that’s revolved around the Japanese bombing of Chongqing that began in 1938. It shows the bravery displayed by these ordinary citizens during the terror bombing, which claimed the lives of more than 10,000 innocent people between 18 February 1938 and 23 August 1943.

The infamous attacks included a total of 268 air raids that occurred in the skies above Chongqing, and more than 11,500 bombs were dropped.

Another fine line of activity meant a team of spies and refugees had to carry a game-changing decoder device through the war-torn countryside.

The thumping war epic shows how the Chinese defenders found themselves almost totally outclassed and outgunned by the Japanese Zero fighter that quickly exhausted their U.S.-made planes and veteran pilots.

This action-drama sees Willis as U.S. Air Fore Commander Jack Johnson, who trains the Chinese people under traumatic conditions to battle against the Japanese and lead his own aviation squadron against the trained Japanese Air Force.

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