Review: The Wandering Earth is an imaginative spectacle that launches Chinese films into the space age.

The Wandering Earth is the historical breakthrough Chinese sci-fi has been waiting for a long 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.

My favorite trailer for the film: 

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The Wandering Earth releases final trailer, to screen overseas

With the impending destruction of the sun, humans must build a giant propeller on Earth itself to seek a new home. To prepare for the 2500 year journey to their new home, they must mobilize all resources to move everyone underground while setting up the mechanisms for the Earth to leave the solar system before the sun destroys them all.

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.

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Sci-fi disaster film The Wandering Earth releases trailer

With the impending destruction of the sun, humans must build a giant propeller on Earth itself to seek a new home. To prepare for the 2500 year journey to their new home, they must mobilize all resources to move everyone underground while setting up the mechanisms for the Earth to leave the solar system before the sun destroys them all.

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 film is set for a Chinese New Year release in 2019.

Also, if you’re a Liu Cixin fan, he’s having a talk in NYC on November 5th. More info here.

 

Li Yitong, Puff Kuo star in adaptation of erotica Bloody Romance

Puffy flowers on dress : fairy-like or five-year-old’s holiday dress?

Based on the erotic novel of the same name, Bloody Romance 媚者无疆 focuses on a group of courtesans who uses their job to double as assassins. I imagine they would have to change it significantly to get it approved for general viewership since China has no ratings system, but the trailer seems to be pretty blunt on what it’ll be about it without any graphics.

The series stars Li Yitong, Puff Kuo, and Liu Mengmeng as the courtesan-assassins and  Wang Duo, Qu Chuxiao, and Li Zifeng as male leads. Teaser below.

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Behind the Scenes with Rule the World

Rule the World 独步天下 has released behind the scenes images.  Starring Raymond LamTang Yixin, Zhang RuiQu ChuxiaoJing GangshanChen XinyuWang KaiyiHuang Deyi, and Yan Zidong, a look for those keeping tabs on this production.

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Rule the World character stills

Qing dynasty drama for those interested.

Rule the World 独步天下 has released character posters.  Starring Raymond LamTang Yixin, Zhang RuiQu ChuxiaoJing GangshanChen XinyuWang KaiyiHuang Deyi, and Yan Zidong, those interested in this production can get a look at the actors and actresses in costume.

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