27 Sep – Hong Kong has recently decided to submit Dante Lam's "Operation Red Sea" for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Awards.
As reported on HK01, the movie which became the second highest grossing film of all time in China with USD 579.2 million when it opened back in February this year, is loosely based on the evacuation of 600 Chinese citizens and 225 foreign nationals from Yemen's southern port of Aden during late March in 2015 Yemeni Civil War.
However, the pick did not happen without its controversy.
Many Hong Kong netizens recently took to social media to express dissatisfaction with the choice, as they do not consider the movie thoroughly Hong Kong made.
Although the movie was directed by a Hong Kong filmmaker and has several other Hong Kong people working behind the scenes, it has a majority of mainland actors, with only Simon Yam being its top Hong Kong cast.
Netizens also pointed out that even the storyline has nothing to do with Hong Kong, but revolves around the Chinese navy.