The Foreigner (2017) is a gripping and relevant action thriller directed by a master of the smart action genre, Martin Campbell (Casino Royale and Goldeneye.) Justice, retribution and redemption are at the heart of this provocative story of two men whose hidden pasts explode in the present.
The film marks a blazing return to the screen by Jackie Chan (the Rush Hour trilogy, Skiptrace) and Pierce Brosnan (Tomorrow Never Dies, The November Man), two actors in roles that take full advantage of and build upon their legendary star status.
The film tells the story of humble London restaurant owner Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love — his teenage daughter — is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism.
As he searches for the people responsible, he seeks the assistance of Irish Deputy Minister, Liam Hennessy (Brosnan), an ill-fitting government official whose own troubled history comes to bear down on him.
As Quan enters into a game of political cat-and-mouse with Hennessy, both men must confront their pasts as they try to identify the elusive killers. “This film is about settling your demons,” says producer Scott Lumpkin. “It’s about justice. It’s about paying a price for what you do. Quan is wrestling with tragedies in his past. He’s wrestling with his history and he’s had enough. He’s ready. It’s time to pay back those that have done wrong for everyone. And that’s really what this film is about.”
The story of The Foreigner – its themes and its specific story – is a sometimes disquieting reflection of the fragile world we inhabit. The characters portrayed by Chan and Brosnan are intriguing examples of the complexities of living in a global society where belief can become action without empathic consideration of consequence.
Campbell directs from a screenplay by David Marconi (Enemy of the State, Live Free or Die Hard), based on the bestselling novel, ‘The Chinaman,’ by acclaimed crime writer Stephen Leather.
Joining Campbell are his longtime collaborator, Director of Photography David Tattersall, BSC (The Green Mile, Star Wars Episodes I, II, & III), Production Designer Alexander Cameron (The Hallow), Editor Angela M. Catanzaro, ACE, (“Friday Night Lights”), Costume Designer Alexandra Bovaird (American Honey, Thoroughbred), and Composer Cliff Martinez (The Neon Demon, Arbitrage).
The film is produced by Jackie Chan, Wayne Marc Godfrey p.g.a. (47 Meters Down, Silence), Arthur Sarkissian (the Rush Hour trilogy), Qi Jian Hong, Claire Kupchak (One Last Ride), John Zeng, Scott Lumpkin, p.g.a. (Masterminds, Before I Wake), Jamie Marshall, p.g.a. (upcoming Den of Thieves, Miss Bala), and Cathy Schulman (Crash, The Edge of Seventeen).
THE FOREIGNER is a STXfilms, Sparkle Roll Media Corporation, Wanda Media Co., Ltd. and Huayi Brothers Pictures presentation.