The Great Wall (2016) Poster

(I) (2016)


The beasts in this film are called the taotie, after an evil fiend in Chinese mythology. Here they are represented as alien beings.
This was the most expensive Chinese movie ever, at $135m and, due to the huge amount of crew involved, had over one hundred translators working on the production.
For his role as an archer, Matt Damon was trained in Hungary by Lajos Kassai, a world champion archer.
The coloured mountains are real. They can be seen in Zhangye in the north west of China.
The filmmakers were denied permission to film on the actual Great Wall, so the locations were added digitally.
James Horner was contracted to write a score to this movie before his death.
Majority of the movie was filmed in China and some scenes in New Zealand.
The poster says the Great Wall took 1700 years to build. While this is technically accurate, it was actually constructed as a series of several walls built separately over that time by various ruling dynasties. Each new wall section built by any single ruler would take approximately 10-20 years to construct.
Matt Damon and his family spent nearly half a year in China during filming.
Andy Lau's first Hollywood movie.
Bryan Cranston was in early talks for the role of Ballard.
Andy Lau and Matt Damon both played the same role of an undercover gang member working in the police force: Lau played a triad member & senior inspector Lau working for the Hong Kong Police Force in Infernal Affairs (2002), and Damon played his American counterpart, staff sergeant Collin Sullivan of the Massachusetts State Police in its remake The Departed (2006).
Edward Zwick was set to direct at one point, with Henry Cavill to star.
This is director Yimou Zhang's first film almost entirely in English, with some sentences in Chinese.
Benjamin Walker was cast for a role in the film, but he dropped out.
When William (Matt Damon) was asked if he had been left behind before, he replied, "Yes. Twice before. And it didn't end well for them." This is a homage to his previous films Interstellar (2014) The Martian (2015), in both of which he was left behind on other planets and the expedition went wrong.
Second film that Damon and Pascal have worked together, the other being The Adjustment Bureau

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