Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Bruce Willis’s All Chinese Movie Gets Yet Another Title Change and Maybe a Home DVD Release Three Years Later


It used to be called “The Bombing.” Then it was called “Unbreakble Spirit.” Now it’s called “Air Strike.” And we may finally be seeing the all Chinese language movie Bruce Willis made in 2015, directed by newcomer Xiao Feng.

You may remember this was the project that Mel Gibson put some money in during his extreme estrangement from Hollywood. (Now he’s just in a regular estrangement.) Mel got a credit on the film as Art Director.

In May 2016 I spoke to insiders who said the movie would probably never come out. But now Lions Gate Home Entertainment has its name on the credits, so it’s possible it’s coming soon to a homeĀ  DVD release.

The “Air Strike” title is a new development. At the end of June, Variety reported it was called “Unbreakable Spirit.” (There was no mention of Lions Gate then.) There were also accusations of financial misappropriation.The film either cost $22 million or $90 million depending on which set of books you’re given.

Right now “Air Strike” is set to open in China on August 17th. The movie also features Adrien Brody (although he may have been added in reshoots). Bruce’s daughter Rumer Willis also has a role although Willis told me in 2016 that it was a coincidence.

There is a trailer. Here it is. Bruce doesn’t say a word in it, but this sort of par for the course with the former ad-libber.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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