Shan, a mermaid, is sent to assassinate Xuan, a developer who threatens the ecosystem of her race, but ends up falling in love with him instead.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liu Xuan
Octopus (as Zhixiang Luo)
Li Ruolan
Shan (as Jelly Lin)
Uncle Rich (as Ke Xu)
Constable Mr. Mo
Long Jianfei (as Yifan Wu)
Sheung-ching Lee ...
Constable Mr. Shi (as Shangzheng Li)
Zhengyu Lu ...
Mr. Liao
Mermaid Long
Mei'e Zhang ...
Linah Matsuoka ...
George's Assistant (as Rina Matsuoka)
Barbie Liu ...
Zhen Zhen Xu ...
George's Assistant
Bai-Ke ...
Museum Visitor (as White-k)


Xuan's estate project involving reclamation of the sea threatens the livelihood of the mermaids who rely on the sea to survive. Shan is dispatched to stop Xuan and this leads them into falling for each other. Out of his love for Shan, Xuan plans to stop the reclamation. Unfortunately, Shan and the other mermaids are hunted by a hidden organisation and Xuan has to save Shan before it's too late... Written by Hasri Hassan

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 February 2016 (China)  »

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As Travessuras de Uma Sereia  »

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$60,720,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$985,052 (USA) (19 February 2016)


$3,229,457 (USA) (1 April 2016)

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1.85 : 1
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Go and watch Louie Psihoyos' The Cove (2009) so that you can fully appreciate the message behind this movie
24 February 2016 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I growing up watching Stephen's movies. This might be one of my top three favourite movies from him.

Personally I have enjoyed this movie thoroughly. Not a dull moment to me (A bonus if you are a Chinese viewer as there are tons of hilarious one liners). Well, if you don't understand Chinese and were reading the subtitles whilst watching this movie, you might not get all the jokes. There are a lot of reasons why this movie is breaking records everywhere in the mainland and Chinese speaking cities.

I think the most important reason behind the success of this movie is the meaning behind this comedy/fantasy film. Yes the visual effects might be totally silly to some but the environmental messages behind this movie is immense. If you have no idea about the infamous annual practice of Japanese whale/dolphin killing in a cove near Taijii, Japan, I strongly encourage viewers to watch that documentary before viewing The Mermaid.

Watching this movie is like a roller coaster ride to me. The first 90% of the movie were filled with tears of laughers, whereas the last 10% portion of the movie were filled with tears of angst, heartache and despair.

P.S. I rarely give 10/10 these day simply because nowadays all the blockbuster Hollywood movies were simply rubbish and without any meaning behind all those cliché plots/special effects. Considering this massive comeback of Stephen coupled with an important message, this is definitely a movie worth multiple viewings.

P.P.S. A lot of heartfelt bloody scenes of "fish" killing/slashing, not suitable for children. But expect more from the documentary The Cove (2009).

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