Survival Week: SBS World Movies

Cloudy Mountain

Monday 5 December, 9:35pm on SBS World Movies / Streaming after at SBS On Demand

China, 2021
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Li Jun
Starring: Zhu Yilong, Huang Zhizhong, Chen Shu, Jiao Junyan, Zhang Shangmingzhu
What’s it about?
The opening of a new tunnel, which took ten years to build, coincides with a series of serious cataclysms. Suddenly, the lives of everyone in the town near the tunnel’s opening come to depend on the actions of father and his son, who is a scientist.


Shock Wave

Tuesday 6 December, 9:40pm on SBS World Movies / Now streaming at SBS On Demand

China, Hong Kong, 2017
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: Cantonese
Director: Herman Yau
Starring: Andy Lau, Jiang Wu, Philip Keung, Ron Ng, Baby John Choi, Song Jia
What’s it about?
When a terrorist who specialises in explosives takes hold of an underground tunnel, he threatens to kill hostages if his demands are not met. Officer Cheung (Andy Lau) is tasked with bringing him to justice.


Breaking Surface

Wednesday 7 December, 9:30pm on SBS World Movies / Streaming after at SBS On Demand

Belgium, Norway, Sweden, 2020
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Action
Language: English, Swedish, Norwegian
Director: Joachim Hedén
Starring: Moa Gammel, Madeleine Martin, Lena Hope, Trine Wiggen, Maja Söderström
What’s it about?
Swedish-Norwegian half-sisters Ida (Gammel) and Tuva (Martin) set out on a winter dive in a remote part of the Norwegian coastline. Towards the end of the dive a rockslide traps Tuva under water. During Ida’s fight to save Tuva, a fractured sisterhood is exposed, and when all seem lost, the stakes have risen beyond simple survival.


White Squall

Thursday 8 December, 9:30pm on SBS World Movies / Streaming after at SBS On Demand

USA, 1996
Genre: Adventure, Action, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Caroline Goodall, John Savage, Scott Wolf, Jeremy Sisto, Ryan Phillippe
What’s it about?
In 1960, a hardy group of prep school students boards an old-fashioned sailing ship. With Capt. Christopher Sheldon (Bridges) at the helm, the oceangoing voyage is intended to teach the boys fortitude and discipline. But the youthful crew are about to get some unexpected instruction in survival when they get caught in the clutches of a white squall storm. Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator).


The Impossible

Friday 9 December, 9:30pm on SBS World Movies / NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Spain, USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Thai
Director: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin
What’s it about?
Maria (Watts, in an Oscar-nominated performance) and Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin the winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in a tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the centre of the earth. Based on the true story of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and directed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage).


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