Lost in Love stars Chen Xiao and Du Juan as people who cheat on their respective partners and get married to each other in the name of true love.
With a focus on Chinese art-house films, the inaugural CineCina Film Festival will take place from April 5th to 19th in 2019. Twenty-two films, including a series of films by director Lou Ye ( Suzhou River, Blind Massage) and recent favorites like Four Springs 四个春天 will be aired with many directors present for Q&A.
See the scheduled screenings here. I haven’t even heard of any of the films other than Four Springs and the Lou Ye ones, so I have no recommendations. Many of them sound super interesting, though.
Four Springs theme song by Chen Chusheng:
Wuxia lord and savior Jin Yong, may he rest in peace, is finally getting a big screen revival recently, with at least eight mostly Hong Kong films in pre-production right now. In addition, at least seven upcoming dramas are currently or will soon be filmed. Hey producers, I’m still waiting for someone to pick-up the cyberpunk wuxia version of Laughing in the Wind.cc: Wu Dun
When a meteor strikes the Earth in 2055, an alien biological plant is rapidly growing, killing all other life along with its spread. The fate of the Earth depends on a team of elite forces who must battle both alien and homegrown attacks.
An ambitious launch for Hong Kong-based special effects firm 天下一 One Cool, science-fiction disaster film Warriors of Future 明日战记 released its first official trailer (on top of a previous teaser trailer) recently. Directed by award-winning visual efects supervisor Ng Yuen Fai (Tai Chi Zero, Painted Skin), the film stars Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Carina Lau, Nick Cheung Ka-fai, and Tse Kwan-ho.
One of my favorite chick flicks, Suddenly Seventeen 28岁未成年, is now available with English subtitles for free on YouTube legally. The directorial debut of Zhang Mo stars Ni Ni, Wallace Huo, Wang Ta-lu, and Ma Su in a charming tale of finding yourself.
From the team behind Male Foxes of Liaozhai 男狐聊斋 comes yet another fantasy made-for-streaming film, this time a retelling of The Little Mermaid. The film will be out on April 1st and stars Zhu Lilan , Ye Xiaokai , and He Zhizhou. Trailer/theme song below:
Coming-of-age story about “a schoolgirl’s rite of passage as a rookie smuggler”, The Crossing 过春天 will be screening in the usual overseas spots this week.
The directorial debut of Bai Xue is the produced by veteran director Tian Zhuanzhuang. I don’t know what it is, but the trailer looks very different from all the other Chinese films. It reminds me a bit of the best Thai coming-of-age films. Newcomers Huang Yao, Sun Yang join Carmen Soup to star in the film.
Sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth 流浪地球, which now has China’s second highest box office second only to Wolf Warrior 2 , released a set of Chinese-styled art posters probably to just spend some of all their profits. I think their carved book poster is still the best poster by far, though.
The film is still screening in select AMC theaters in U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. It will be streamable on Netflix after some unannounced time. .
Faced with the threat of the sun swallowing up the Earth, humans chose to embark on a 2500 year journey to find a new place in the universe for their home, Earth. The ambitious plan involves three hundred years of scientists around the world building ten thousand propellers around the Earth, stopping the Earth’s rotation, and then finally propelling the Earth into its long journey into the dark night. But first, they must get out of the solar system by escaping Jupiter’s gravitational pull.
The almost as ambitious film The Wandering Earth 流浪地球 is half disaster film, half space thriller, and a full classic holiday film about the importance of going home for the holidays. While not nearly as polished as Hollywood blockbusters (and with a fraction of the budget), the film offers uniquely Chinese visions of the future that makes it stand-out. Despite its clear flaws, the Frant Gwo-direct film has a solid plot, suspenseful and well-shot action scenes for both its earth disaster and space scenes, plenty of scenes that appeals to your inner holiday spirit, and solid CGI combined with imaginative setups that makes this the historical breakthrough Chinese sci-fi has been waiting for a long time.
imax trailer for the film:
Based on the short story of the same name by Liu Cixin (The Three Body Problem), The Wandering Earth 流浪地球 stars Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat, and Zhao Jinmai as a team set to build the propeller, while Wu Jing guest stars as an astronaut. The Frant Gwo-directed film is set for a Chinese New Year release in 2019 in China, the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Overseas release info below the cut.