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[Movie Review] The Great Wall 长城 (2016)

Directed By: Zhang Yimou

Cast: Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau, William Defoe

Release: December 15th, 2016 (China)

Running Time: 104 Minutes

Box Office Gross: 332 million

Synopsis:

When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. (source: IMDb)

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[Movie Review] Suddenly Seventeen 28岁未成年 (2016)

Directed By: Zhang Mo

Cast: Ni Ni, Wallace Huo, Darren Wang, Ma Su

Release: December 2nd, 2016

Running Time: 109 Minutes

Watch: Suddenly Seventeen on Youtube

Box Office Gross: 128.371 million RMB

Synopsis:

28-year old Liang Xia (Ni Ni) and 34 year-old Mao Liang (Wallace Huo) have been together for 10 years, and living together for 5 years. Liang Xia assumes that Mao is going to propose after 10 years of being together, however she is disappointed when the diamond he had bought was for his boss, Mr. Gao’s wife to earn her support in improving his design company. Liang had given up her dreams of becoming a painter just to stay with Mao. Her friend later suggests to Liang that she should force Mao to marry her on her wedding day by proposing to him in public. However, this backfires and Mao ends up breaking up with her. As Liang follows Mao to beg him to stay with her she eats some magical chocolates that she had bought earlier through an advertisement on television. These chocolates turn Liang into a 17 year old in a 28 year old’s body for exactly 5 hours every time she consumes the chocolate. The rest of the movie is a hilarious breakdown of the troubles the 17 year old Liang causes and how the 28 year old Liang has to face them. But 17 year old Liang also helps bring the beauty of youth back into our somber heroine and brings back her passion for painting, as well as her true self. It is a beautiful and heart warming story about self realization, and the importance of one’s inner identity.

(source: Wikipedia)

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[Movie Review] Mr. Six 老炮儿 (2015)

Directed By: Guan Hu

Cast: Feng Xiaogang, Zhang Hanyu, Xu Qing, Li Yifeng, Kris Wu

Release: December 24th, 2015

Running Time: 136 Minutes

Watch: Mr. Six on Dramafever

Synopsis:

Mr. Six (Feng Xiaogang) once ruled the streets of Beijing back in the good old days. Now he acts as an alley elder who throws his weight around to settle disputes and maintain order in the neighborhood. Mr. Six realizes his name and his generation’s code of honor no longer hold sway, however, when his own rebellious son Bobby (Li Yifeng) crosses young and rich street racer Xiaofei (Kris Wu). The new king of the streets, Xiaofei takes Bobby hostage for damaging his car and demands compensation that is far beyond Mr. Six’s capabilities. Mr. Six rounds up his old gang of over-the-hill hooligans to try to settle matters with Xiaofei the old-school way.

(source: YesAsia Mr. Six DVD)

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