How to Resolve the Crisis of Super Nuclear Weapons: The Secret Behind the Production of Equator

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Creative idea: Hong Kong is the intelligence center of the Far East, and the law allows spies to travel freely.

    When collecting information for Chill, Lok Man Leung and Kim-ching Luk found that in the past century, Hong Kong’s espionage activities have been very active, and it has assumed the responsibility of the Far East intelligence center. It has been called "the spy capital of the East", just like Lisbon in Europe and Casablanca in Africa. On this basis, the two directors came up with the whole story of Equator: an international wanted criminal nicknamed Equator stole a special weapon from South Korea and intended to sell it to a terrorist organization in Hong Kong. Intelligence agencies from South Korea, China and Hong Kong gathered in Hong Kong to join in the pursuit of Equator with their own purposes, while intelligence personnel from other countries in Hong Kong were also eager to move.

    Casablanca became a spy stronghold during World War II because of its unique political status: it was a transit point for European refugees to flee to the United States. Hong Kong also has the innate advantage of becoming an intelligence center. It has visa-free agreements with more than 100 countries and regions, which greatly facilitates the entry of intelligence personnel. There is no law prohibiting espionage in this place, and its extradition regulations are only aimed at those who commit crimes in Hong Kong. In addition, as a major economic center, hundreds of thousands of people come and go here every day, which makes it easy to hide. Therefore, spies and terrorists from all over the world regard this place as a paradise for espionage and information trading.

    This special position has spawned a magical industry for Hong Kong. In the Sham Shui Po electronic products market in the northwest corner of Kowloon Peninsula, there are many shops selling monitoring and surveillance equipment. In order to meet the needs of different places and activities, these devices are made into various shapes and sizes. You can not only find a recording pen that looks like a USB flash drive, but also find a miniature camera the size of a car key. And those ordinary-looking cleaners are likely to be doing part-time job of installing bugs. Of course, in order to counter eavesdropping, many companies and institutions will regularly check and remove bugs in office buildings.

Three forces: Hong Kong Anti-Terrorism Secret Service+Korean National Intelligence Agency+China Supreme Bureau of Investigation.

    Spy war and anti-terrorism movies are a very mature film type in Hollywood and Britain. The series of "007", "Bourne ultimatum" and "Mission Impossible" are loved by audiences all over the world, and the British MI 6, the US National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have become well-known intelligence agencies for these movies. In contrast, Hong Kong films have almost never touched on similar themes in the past. Then, if terrorists threaten the security of Hong Kong, which organization is responsible for the investigation and pursuit? Also during the data collection process of Chill, the two directors noticed a department set up in 2009: Hong Kong Anti-Terrorism Special Service Team.

    According to the official website information of the Hong Kong Police Force, the Anti-Terrorism Special Service Team belongs to the Anti-Terrorism Activities and Internal Security Group of the Operations Division of the Operations Department of the Police Force. It is a paramilitary special police force whose main responsibilities are to implement anti-terrorism strategies, conduct anti-terrorism patrols, handle terrorist attacks, handle explosives, prevent chemical, biological and radiological radiation and escort dangerous goods. In Equator, the roles played by Nick Cheung and Shawn Yue work for this department, which is the first time that this department has appeared on the big screen. Since its establishment, the Counter-Terrorism Task Force has carried out many security tasks in the visits of foreign leaders, and conducted joint training with relevant units in Australia, Singapore, Canada, the Netherlands and other countries.

    South Korea, on the other hand, was sent to Hong Kong to hand over to the anti-terrorism secret service team, and the National Intelligence Agency of Korea, which is responsible for intelligence and national security, jointly recovered the "equator". The agency is modeled after the US Central Intelligence Agency, and its main duties are to collect and keep domestic and foreign intelligence and cooperate with national security and overseas anti-espionage activities. In the film, Cui Minghao, played by Jin-hee Ji, is the deputy director of the Korean National Intelligence Agency, ranking second only to the administrator and director. He is a weapons expert with a doctorate in physical and mechanical engineering.

    Originally, the anti-terrorism secret service team and the Korean intelligence agency had the same goal. The former is eager to send the dangerous special weapon out of Hongkong, while the latter wants to get back what belongs to them. However, when the mainland intelligence agencies intervened, things were no longer as simple as returning things to their original owners. This institution is called the Supreme Investigation Bureau of China, which is an intelligence agency invented by two directors. Song An, played by Wang Xueyin, is the director of the Supreme Bureau of Investigation. He insisted that special weapon, who had been recaptured from terrorists, should be detained in Hongkong, and the China government should handle the following foreign affairs. As a result, the interests of the mainland, Hong Kong and South Korea have clashed, while terrorists are still at large, and the security of Hong Kong is in jeopardy.

Luxurious lineup: Spend half a year inviting Jacky Cheung to play the villain in Zhang zhen?

    The international cast of Equator is very eye-catching, which shows that investors and stars trust Liang and Lu, two new directors. Jacky Cheung, Nick Cheung, Zhang zhen, Wang Xueyin, Jin-hee Ji and Choi Siwon are all famous actors. Because they represent different forces, and the creators pay great attention to the balance between forces, their performance charm has been brought into full play. However, in this way, there are not many scenes for each actor, and those who are used to watching the single protagonist or the double protagonist may feel that they are not enough. Among the above actors, Jacky Cheung is the most worthy of our attention, because it was not easy to see him on the big screen last time; One is Zhang zhen, and this film is his first time as a villain.

    After "crossing hennessy" in 2010, Jacky Cheung, the god of songs, hardly performed any more films. Because of his splendid achievements in music, this superstar’s performance career is often overlooked. However, he is a rare good actor. He won the Golden Award and the Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor for as tears go by and the legendary swordsman, and his performances in Bloody Streets and july rhapsody can be regarded as the benchmark in the performance field. Lok Man Leung and Kim-ching Luk waited for half a year to invite the singer to come out of the mountain, and finally they agreed because of their solid script. In the film, Jacky Cheung plays a physics professor, trying to mediate between different forces for the sake of Hong Kong’s security. No matter the depth of the role or the shape of a beard, it is a subversion of the past.

    Zhang zhen has never faded out of the screen, and he often works with great directors like Wong Kar-wai and Chen Kaige. Unfortunately, however, if he is a supporting actor, he will always be submerged under the dazzling aura of the protagonists, such as Red Cliff and The Master. And if he is the protagonist, the whole film may lose its sense of existence, such as Embroidered Spring Knife. This time, he became a villain, and when everyone else is in a suit, he may be able to gain some advantages by his cool and attractive shape. After all, we have seen one brilliant terrorist after another in the James Bond series or Batman series. Of course, everything is hard to say. The story of Equator is a little similar to that of Red Cliff, and it is hard to guarantee that he will not become the same role as Sun Quan in the latter.

Screenplay technique: Follow the theme and structure of Chill to continue to explore the security of Hong Kong.

    In "Chill", Hong Kong was caught in a city-wide crisis because of a police officer’s hostage-taking. Two deputy directors of the police force disagreed on the handling methods: one declared that Hong Kong was in a state of emergency and ordered all police forces to concentrate on rescuing the hostages; The other is strongly opposed, demanding that all countermeasures should be carried out in accordance with legal procedures. Although Equator tells a completely different story, it has many similarities with Chill in theme and conflict setting. It is also a question about the security level of "the safest city in Asia", and there are also many contradictions in the anti-terrorism alliance formed by intelligence agencies in the mainland, Hong Kong and South Korea, and the focus of contradictions is still on procedural issues.

    Because of this perspective, the turning point from the first act of Equator and Chill to the second act is somewhat unexpected. In the latter, at the end of the first act, we didn’t see how Aaron Kwok, the deputy director of management, tried to fight with the kidnappers, but we saw him make "small moves" behind Tony Leung Ka Fai, the deputy director of operations, and successfully removed his position as the chief commander of operations; In Equator, the secret service team snatched special weapon from the terrorists in the first act. According to the general idea, the next battle should take place on the way of the South Korean side escorting weapons back to China. Unexpectedly, the Supreme Bureau of Investigation was killed halfway, citing laws and regulations to prove that Hong Kong had no right to dispose of the weapon, and the question of how to "send" it became a question of how to "keep" it.

    The turning point at the end of the first act sets a new direction for the film. In "Chill", this new direction is that Aaron Kwok led the police to catch gangsters, and suffered a great failure, so it is inferred that there is a mole in the police. As a result, he found that many police officers were involved in the kidnapping. The plot development after the first act of Equator is similar to this. Nick Cheung has suffered setbacks in the process of tracking down terrorists, so he realizes that terrorists have infiltrated the anti-terrorist alliance. Who is the mole? How many people are there? We might as well sell a pass here. We just need to know that although this film has upgraded its scale and changed its formula compared with Chill, it can still taste the same taste as Chill.

Mayor Gong Zheng met with the Ethiopian Mayor Group to promote exchanges and understanding between Shanghai and major cities in Ethiopia.

Gong Zheng, Mayor of Shanghai met today (19th) with a delegation of Ethiopian mayors led by Adani Che Abbebe, mayor of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and member of the Executive Committee of Prosperity Party.

龚正说,当前,我们正贯彻落实习近平主席考察上海重要讲话精神,聚焦建设“五个中心”重要使命,加快建成具有世界影响力的社会主义现代化国际大都市。上海重视与埃塞俄比亚的友好往来,愿在两国领导人的共同指引下,为推动中埃塞关系发展发挥更大作用。希望以共建“一带一路”高质量发展为契机,深化经贸与投资合作,热忱欢迎埃塞俄比亚企业参加明年进博会,我们将继续支持上海企业到埃塞俄比亚投资兴业,希望埃塞方为中国企业提供良好营商环境。我们也愿分享城市治理、城市更新等方面的经验,与亚的斯亚贝巴市等埃塞俄比亚各大城市加强交流互鉴,加强旅游合作,增进相互了解。

阿贝贝说,我们一直赞叹于中国及上海在经济社会发展上取得的巨大成就。两国双边关系不断深化,成为中非合作、南南合作的典范。希望与上海建立更紧密的合作交流关系,学习借鉴上海经验与模式,期待上海支持我们推进能力建设,助力技术创新,发展职业教育,推动经济社会发展,更好造福双方人民。亚的斯亚贝巴市是非洲门户城市,也是旅游胜地,希望通过双方共同努力,把两市关系推向新的高度。

埃塞俄比亚驻华大使塔费拉·德贝·伊马姆参加会见。