After dropping out from 2020’s film line-up due to the pandemic, the third instalment of Detective Chinatown is finally ready to premiere on CNY in 2 days and is currently leading the box office pre-sales.
Liu Haoran and Wang Baoqiang reprise their roles as the genius detective x squeaky-voiced uncle. The film has also cast notable Japanese actors Satoshi Tsumabuki, Masami Nagasawa and Shōta Sometani.
The CGI from The Yinyang Master reminds me of Monster Hunt, except this time our hero is a half-mortal half-demon (Chen Kun) who joins hands with his former master (Zhou Xun) to defeat the demon king. William Chan, Wang Likun, Qu Chuxiao, Shen Yue, Wang Zixuan costar.
Assassin in Red (A Writer’s Odyssey in overseas markets)stars Lei Jiayin as the father who is out to save his daughter from a monster, and Dong Zijian as the novelist who created it. Yang Mi plays the antagonist’s henchwoman. Costars include Guo Jingfei, Yu Hewei, Dong Jie and Tong Liya.
Directed by Lu Yang (Brotherhood of Blades series), the film will premiere on Chinese New Year’s Day.
Hi, Mom 你好，李焕英 is written and directed by Jia Ling, and stars the comedian as the daughter who travels back to her mother’s generation after the latter’s untimely death. Zhang Xiaofei plays the younger counterpart of Jia Ling’s mother, while Shen Teng and Chen He costar.
The film is an adaption of Jia Ling’s popular skit of the same name, which in turn is based off her own personal experiences. The film is slated to premiere on Chinese New Year’s Day.
Across the Furious Sea is the much anticipated thriller comes from Cao Baoping, whose most notable works include Cock and Bull, The Equation of Love and Death and The Dead End. I’m also looking forward to watching The Perfect Blue, though with Fan Bingbing in the cast, I’m not sure when the film will be given the green light.
The film stars Huang Bo(Crazy Alien) as a father who is seeking revenge after his daughter died at the hands of her boyfriend, and Zhou Xun(Remain Silent) as the killer’s mother. Across the Furious Sea is scheduled for a Summer 2021 premiere.
The Yinyang Master is based off Netease’s Onmyoji and stars Chen Kun as anti-hero(?) Qingming and Zhou Xun as his former master/partner. The film is set to be released on Chinese New Year 2021. [Extended]
Shockwave 2 stars Andy Lau as a former bomb disposal technician who becomes the prime suspect in a terrorist attack. Sean Lau costars as the hero’s former colleague, while Ni Ni plays the chief inspector of the counter-terrorism unit and the hero’s ex-girlfriend.
The film premieres in Chinese theatres on December 24th.
Assassin in Red stars Lei Jiayin as the father who is tasked with killing a novelist (Dong Zijian) to save his daughter, yet ends up getting written into the novel himself. Yang Mi plays the alluring assassin Tuling.
Directed by Lu Yang (Brotherhood of Blades), the film is set for a 12 February 2021 release.
Deadline has reported that Netflix has signed on Kingdom-director Shinsuke Sato and Deepwater Horizon-writer Matt Sand for a futuristic adaptation of Chinese novel The Water Margin, a tale of 108 outlaws forced into rebellion by the failing Song government loosely based on historical figures. Unlike Netflix’s The Three Body Trilogy that at least has Ken Liu, this one so far has no Chinese names attached. But hey, at least it’s one step closer to my dream cyberpunk Jin Yong film.
Random fact in case the casting director sees this: the average young male from Shandong, where the story is set and most of the characters are from, is taller than one from the U.S. The most famous Shandongnese actresses look like this and this. Please don’t just cast people who fit your false stereotypes (but please do cast Asians for the roles).
Moses on the Plain 平原上的摩西 is produced by art house director Diao Yinan (Wild Goose Lake), and stars acclaimed young film actors Zhou Dongyu and Liu Haoran in the leading roles.
While probing into a taxi driver’s murder case, detective Zhuang Shu (Liu Haoran) discovers that his childhood friend Li Fei (Zhou Dongyu) is somehow involved, and that he may also have been a witness.