Operation Mekong (2016), The Most Epic 'Based on True Event' Drug War Movie?


When we're talking about Mekong river, then we need to talk about the 'Golden Triangle'. Golden Triangle is the area where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers, and this area is also well known as a lane of mafia and all professional criminals especially for drug production and trafficking. Operation Mekong (2016) is a very interesting movie about drug war that took the location at the golden triangle, and based on true event as well. Remember, true event, not story. 

I've just rewatched this movie and this movie still impressed me. Operation Mekong become very interesting for me because this movie has a very good storyline, and since it's based on true event, this movie politically shows how China plays its power to rule and control Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos as the main owners of Mekong River. 

Operation Mekong (2016) Plot/ summaries

Inspired by the true event known as the Mekong Massacre--two Chinese commercial vessels are ambushed while traveling down the Mekong River in the waters of the Golden Triangle, one of the largest drug-manufacturing regions in the world. 13 sailors are executed at gunpoint, and 900,000 methamphetamine pills are recovered at the scene. Upon discovery, the Chinese government immediately sends a band of elite narcotics officers led by Captain Gao Gang (Zhang Hanyu) to the Golden Triangle to uncover the truth behind the murders. Tea field owner and Golden Triangle-based intelligence officer Fang Xinwu (Eddie Peng) joins the investigation. After it is discovered that the drugs seized on the Chinese ships had been planted by the henchman of a notorious drug cartel leader named Naw Khar, the governments of Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and China launch a joint task force to apprehend the criminal. The road to justice is, however, paved with dangerous and deadly obstacles.

Operation Mekong (2016) Review

I really appreciate the storyline because after watched this movie 2 times, I could still feel the suspense because of the story. However, this movie isn't only about action or thriller, but it's also include some political message on it, more precisely about China's power on SEA countries. 


If we pay close attention on Asian 'Drug War' movie, we'll meet some movies with a very classic storyline such as Internal Affairs (2002), The White Storm (2013), Flash Point (2007); all of them have a similarities where there will always be a spy or rat inside the drug gang. But Operation Mekong is different, It's not only about rat, it's all about more complex scheme about pride of nation, revenge, militarily disguise, and of course a very cool action on it. Well maybe this movie is one of the most interesting movies that we can find on Celestial Movie, lmao. 

This movie has showed us that Chinese Drug War movie isn't only about Louis Koo again or Nick Cheung or Sean Lau again and again.  The actors here did a good job, well Eddie Peng is quite good at fighting choreography but I think it will be more interesting if the main guy (Eddie Peng's partner) is the guy from Wolf Warrior/SPL 2 and also since the location of this movie mostly focusing in Thailand, I think it will be great to see Tony Jaa as Thai representative.   

Overall, 7.9/10 is a very fair assessment. Maybe some lack of visualizations could be a minus point which is a bit disturbing but it's not really a matter. Besides the most epic, my second conclusion is Asian drug war movie will be very interesting if it's located in SEA countries such as Golden Triangle. 

                      

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