As the film was initially banned in Finland for grounds of violence and that it could harm Finland's foreign relations, this meant severe financial hardship to producer Markus Selin as the distribution deals were drawn out so that the Finnish co-producers would get their income only from the Finnish sales.

The last film banned in Finland due to a threat to foreign relations (with Soviet Union).

Chuck Norris was cast as Savoy but had to back out when filming was delayed.

Most expensive film ever made in Finland in that time.

Director's cameo: Voice of the speaker in ship.

The film takes place in Finland, where director Renny Harlin is from.