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Air Strike (Chinese: 大轰炸; pinyin: Dà Hōngzhà; literally: 'Big Bombing') also known as The Bombing or Unbreakable Spirit is a Chinese action war-drama film directed by Xiao Feng about the Japanese bombings of the Chinese city Chongqing during World War II.[3] Mel Gibson joined as production designer. The film stars Liu Ye, Bruce Willis, Song Seung-heon and William Chan, with special appearances by Nicholas Tse, Fan Bingbing and many others. Principal photography began in May 2015 in Shanghai, China.

Air Strike
Directed byXiao Feng
Produced byJian-Xiang Shi
Buting Yang
StarringLiu Ye
Bruce Willis
Song Seung-heon
William Chan
Music byLiguang Wang
China Film Group
Origin Films (Beijing) Investment Co. Ltd.
Shanghai Nangou Films Co. Ltd.
Shanghai Film Group
Hollywood International Film Exchange[1]
Distributed by
  • China Film Group
  • Blue Box International[1]
    (International sales)
Release date
  • October 26, 2018 (2018-10-26) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes
Budget$65 million[2]



Set in 1943 during the World War II, the story revolves around the Japanese bombing of Chongqing, which started in 1938.


Main castEdit

Special appearancesEdit


Mel Gibson served as the art director of the $65 million budgeted film.[2][9] Principal photography on the film began in May 2015 in Shanghai, China.[4] Filming was completed in Nov 2015.

Gibson's Icon Film Distribution is rumoured to have acquired the distribution rights in Australia, while Legendary Pictures is rumoured to have acquired the distribution rights in the United States, Canada and select international territories, with a planned late-2018 release through its distribution deal with Universal Pictures.


The film was filmed as a memorial for the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in WWII.[10][11] Originally scheduled to be released on 17 August 2018,[1] it was later rescheduled to be released on 26 October 2018 in order to have a same-day global release.[12]

In October 2018, it was announced that screening plans of the film had been cancelled in China. Earlier, it was leaked by TV anchor Cui Yongyuan that Fan Bingbing, one of the film's guest actors, was involved in a tax evasion scandal when starring in this film.[13][14][15] However the home video release in USA went as scheduled.[16]

The all-English dubbed version has been released to US streaming services and on Blu-ray.[17]

See alsoEdit

  • Flying Tigers, the First American Volunteer Group (1AVG) of the Chinese Air Force


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  2. ^ a b Frater, Patrick (July 13, 2015). "Mel Gibson Confirmed as Art Director of China's 'The Bombing'". Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  3. ^ Air Strike (2018), retrieved 2018-11-12
  4. ^ a b c d e Rainey, James; Kil, Sonia (June 3, 2015). "Bruce Willis to Star in Chinese-Language Epic 'The Bombing'". Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  5. ^ 网易. "豪华3D电影 中美日韩四国演员演出《大轰炸》_网易娱乐".
  6. ^ 姜姗. "史泰龙布劳迪力挺 施建祥《大轰炸》比弗利庆功_综艺_央视网(". Archived from the original on 2017-10-08. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  7. ^ "Bing Hu". IMDb.
  8. ^ "Rumer Willis Stars With Dad In 'The Bombing': 3 Other Times She Joined Famous Parents On Screen". The Inquisitr News. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  9. ^ "Mel Gibson to Serve as Art Director on Bruce Willis' Chinese War Movie 'The Bombing'". 13 July 2015.
  10. ^ "大轰炸 (2016)". (in Chinese). Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  11. ^ "Mel Gibson to be 'creative adviser' on second world war film". The Guardian. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  12. ^ "抗战电影《大轰炸》宣布撤出暑期档". 7 Aug 2018. Retrieved 7 Aug 2018.
  13. ^ "电影《大轰炸》宣布取消上映 此前曾遭崔永元抵制". 17 Oct 2018. Retrieved 17 Oct 2018.
  14. ^ "Fan Bingbing movie co-starring Bruce Willis cancelled following actress' tax scandal". 17 Oct 2018. Retrieved 19 Oct 2018.
  15. ^ "Fan Bingbing, Bruce Willis movie Air Strike cancelled in wake of Chinese star's tax scandal - Asean Plus | The Star Online". Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  16. ^ "Scandal-Hit Fan Bingbing Film "Air Strike" Will Get a US Release This Week". 17 Oct 2018. Retrieved 24 Oct 2018.
  17. ^ "Air Strike aka The Bombing Blu Ray". Retrieved 11 December 2018.

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