A Chinese anti-terrorism action film Operation Red Sea has raked in over 3.36 billion yuan ($531 million) at the box office, becoming the third highest grossing Chinese film ever, according to Maoyan, a major Chinese film database and ticketing platform.
On Douban, China's leading film rating platform, the film scored 8.5 out of 10 points, based on more than 318,000 reviews.
Many comments on Douban mentioned the tense plot and breathtaking gunfight of the 500-million-yuan cost movie. Some viewers said it spurred them to review the evacuation of hundreds of Chinese nationals and foreign citizens from Yemen in late March 2015, which the movie is based on.
Three years have passed, but the Yemen evacuation is still remembered. Some details of the event were disclosed in Monday's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily.
The paper said as war flared in Yemen in 2015, civilian casualties were frequently reported, connection with the outside world nearly broke down, and Yemen-based people from various countries were in grave danger.
On March 27, the 19th fleet, which patrolled the Gulf of Aden and waters around Somalia, switched from escort state to combat-ready state. The PLA Navy ordered it to prepare for the repatriation of compatriots.