'Fox Hunt' film launched in Beijing

By Zhu Bochen
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Details about the producers, cast, and background stories related to the film "Fox Hunt" were revealed at an official launch in Beijing on May 24. 

Produced by Shanghai Film Group Corporation (SFG), the film is based on true stories of Operation Fox Hunt, a global Chinese anti-corruption initiative managed by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) since 2014, which aims to track down and repatriate fugitives accused of corruption. "Fox Hunt" stands out as the first film in China to depict on the big screen the process of tackling cross-border criminal proceedings and extraditing fugitives under the Interpol Red Notices.

Official launch of the film "Fox Hunt" takes place in Beijing on May 24, 2019. [Photo courtesy of Daan Pictures]

Throughout its three-year preparation, "Fox Hunt" found tremendous support from different organs of the MPS for conveying the successful experiences and mechanisms of international police cooperation, as well as joint efforts to tackle cross-border economic crimes.

During the launch ceremony, the Operation Fox Hunt Team of MPS, specializing in overseas fugitive affairs, made their public debut in the hopes that the film will raise public awareness about the efforts of the MPS to battle illegal fundraising and combat financial crimes.

The Operation Fox Hunt Team of MPS and cast and crew of the film "Fox Hunt" gather during its launch in Beijing on May 24, 2019. [Photo courtesy of Daan Pictures]

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Meng Qingfeng, deputy minister of Public Security, said that since Operation Fox Hunt's inception in 2014, over 4,300 Chinese fugitives suspected of committing corruption have been arrested and repatriated from more than 120 countries and regions, with a total 17 billion yuan (about US$2.46 billion) in illegal funds being seized.

"It was by no means an easy task to make this film because, for one thing, it is rather important to keep the authenticity of the original law enforcement procedures to the public; and for another, it matters equally that this film shouldn't simply become a publicity campaign for 'perfect' police figures," Meng said. "Thus, different organizations and governmental bodies involved in the production of this film, especially the MPS, were highly responsible to provide support when needed," he added.

Regarding support from the MPS for the film industry, "Fox Hunt" is not the first or only case. In September 2016, "Operation Mekong," an action film about drug traffickers in the Golden Triangle of southeast Asia, told the true story of the murder of 14 Chinese crew members in the Triangle area on Oct. 5, 2011, with the help of strong support from the MPS. Similar cases can be found in the film "Operation Red Sea," released in February 2018, and others.

When asked why he chose this subject, producer Ren Zhonglun said, "Fox Hunt" is our way of honoring the heroes who have been dedicated to China's anti-corruption campaign. With film stars like Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Duan Yihong's joining the cast, this film should create good memories of the young generation in China."

Leading actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Duan Yihong appear at the launch of the film "Fox Hunt" in Beijing on May 24, 2019. [Photo courtesy of Daan Pictures]

As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the film is expected to play a significant role in raising awareness so as to prevent economic crimes and demonstrate the fairness and justice of Chinese society.

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