Directed by Chen Kuo Fu (Double Vision
) and produced by Feng Xiaogang, The Message
sends out the spies and the stars for a stellar wartime suspense thriller. Set in 1942 Nanjing when parts of China were under Japanese control, the beautifully shot blockbuster rounds together acclaimed actor Zhang Hanyu (Assembly
), Taiwan star Alec Su, and top actresses Zhou Xun and Li Bingbing, who are both nominated for Best Actress at the 46th Golden Horse Awards, to play suspected freedom fighters caught in a cruel closed-room battle of wits. Huang Xiaoming (The Sniper
) makes a steely turn as a Japanese general desperate to sniff out the spy. Navigating bloody twists and psychological turns with visual flair, The Message
keeps viewers at the edge of the seat with compelling character drama and an escalating cat-and-mouse game of national urgency.
Deep in the Japanese counter-insurgency office, there's a spy codenamed Phantom who's been passing information to the Chinese Resistance. Japanese colonel Takeda (Huang Xiaoming) has narrowed the suspects down to five people who saw the false intelligence he circulated as a trap: brusque general Wu (Zhang Hanyu), effeminate lieutanent Bai (Alec Su), portly administrator Jin (Ying Da), codebreaker Li (Li Bingbing), and sassy telegraph operator Gu (Zhou Xun). With his name resting on the investigation, Takeda transports the five suspects to an outskirt castle, and sets them against each other. Phantom is racing against time to get news about the false intelligence to the Resistance, but Takeda will stop at nothing to torture the truth out of them.