The epic story of 1986 expeditions from the USA and China attempting to be first to conquer the unexplored Yangtze river. This documentary was originally planned as a USA-China co-production, however, the Chinese government canceled approval, as ten Chinese adventure athletes lost there lives on the river.

The production team proceeded “gorilla style” to complete the film, which includes never before seen film of the expeditions, interviews with surviving team members and a new expedition on the river.


  • John wilcox: Director, Disney’s True Life Adventures, Adventure Quest; Amazing Panda Adventure..
  • Paul Andersen: Writer, China The Panda Adventure
  • John wilcox: Producer
  • Chu Seming: Key Cast


  • Project Type: Documentary
  • Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Completion Date: August 20, 2021
  • Production Budget: 450,000 USD
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Shooting Format: Digital, 16MM
  • Aspect Ratio: 16.9
  • Film Color: Color