Send­ing a mes­sage

Pa­tri­o­tism helps Chi­nese mil­i­tary ac­tion film ‘Wolf War­rior 2’ win at the box of­fice

Global Times US Edition - - LIFE - By Wei Xi

While Chi­nese films are given a chance to shine in July – a month in which for­eign films are tra­di­tion­ally kept from Chi­nese main­land cine­mas – not many could have e pre­dicted that Wolf War­rior 2, a film with few well-known stars, would steal the spot­light af­ter its de­but last Thurs­day.

The third di­rec­to­rial work of Chi­nese ac­tion star Wu Jing, the film earned 306.7 mil­lion yuan ($45.5 mil­lion) on Sat­ur­day, the sec­ond high­est sin­gle-day take ever for a do­mes­tic film and the sixth-high­est sin­gle-day take for any film at the main­land box of­fice.

Even more sur­pris­ing, Wolf War­rior 2 re­leased on the same day as The Found­ing of an Army, a State-backed his­tor­i­cal war fea­ture di­rected by fa­mous Hong Kong film­maker An­drew Lau that stars more than 50 Chi­nese pop idols. Found­ing also comes in time for the 90th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army of China on Au­gust 1.

A se­quel to 2015’s Wolf War­rior, which was also di­rected by and starred Wu, Wolf War­rior 2 shifts the story from China to Africa as Wu’s spe­cial com­mando char­ac­ter heads to res­cue Chi­nese na­tion­als on for­eign soil. So far re­views have bee been fairly pos­i­tive. “Wu Jing is a p per­son who knows how to make a stan­dard genre film well. All the money was spent w where it should h have been for an act ac­tion film. Wolf War­rior 2 is ex­cit­ing, has a flu­ent st story and feels like a block­buster,” Chi­nese film blog­ger Diany­ing Ying­shi Pinglun­yuan wrote on Sina Weibo. “Wolf War­rior 2 con­tin­ues the style of Wolf War­rior, which was a hot-blooded ac­tion film. This film has even big­ger scenes. The fight scenes are great and Wu Jing is the per­fect fit for sol­dier roles,” Di­udiu, a Chi­nese ne­ti­zen posted on Chi­nese me­dia re­view site Douban.

While the first Wolf War­rior film made a to­tal of 545 mil­lion yuan in 2015, the se­quel has al­ready col­lected an es­ti­mated 850 mil­lion yuan over the four days since its Thurs­day pre­mier.

Pho­tos: IC

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