“Operation Red Sea” is another film about the Chinese venturing into Africa and the Middle East to defend Chinese citizens. What was once fantasy now plays as propaganda action piece that the West is casually ignoring. Dante Lam and other Chinese action directors are killing it with these mindless spectacles. Still, I wish that there were more people paying attention to these movies. Look past the paper-thin plots about stopping terrorists with nuclear weapons. This is a Chinese government victory reel of military and organizational strength.

A good chunk of the money shots are from the Chinese Navy showing off their ships and assault teams. I’d make a comparison to what it would be like if Russia was using them, but our despot ships Putin and his love hole. Either way, it works as a modern action movie that plays like a prolonged game of SOCOM. If that’s your thing, then you’ll want to double feature Operation Mekong and Operation Red Sea. I think the Somali setpiece works as a better opening in this film.

But, that’s like having an opinion on the film stock used in a government propaganda film. Did I mention that it’s propaganda?


  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailers


  • 2.39:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS: X


  • 94%
    Video - 94%
  • 93%
    Audio - 93%
  • 92%
    Special Features - 92%
  • 90%
    Content Score - 90%

The Plot Thus Far

PLA Navy Marine Corps launch a hostage rescue operation in Ihwea and undergo a fierce battle with rebellions and terrorism.

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