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The Great Wall (2016)

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European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Carlo Bernard (screenplay), Doug Miro (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... William
Tian Jing ... Commander Lin Mae
Willem Dafoe ... Ballard
Andy Lau ... Strategist Wang
Pedro Pascal ... Tovar
Hanyu Zhang ... General Shao
Han Lu ... Peng Yong
Kenny Lin ... Commander Chen
Eddie Peng ... Commander Wu
Xuan Huang ... Commander Deng
Ryan Zheng ... Shen (as Zheng Kai)
Karry Wang ... Emperor (as Junkai Wang)
Cheney Chen ... Imperial Officer
Pilou Asbæk ... Bouchard
Numan Acar ... Najid
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Storyline

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. Written by Watch_Movies

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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One of mankind's greatest wonders. 1700 years to build. 5500 miles long. What were they trying to keep out?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action violence | See all certifications »

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USA | China | Hong Kong | Australia | Canada

Language:

English | Mandarin | Spanish

Release Date:

17 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Wall See more »

Filming Locations:

Qingdao, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,469,620, 19 February 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,540,830

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$334,933,831
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Auro 11.1 | Dolby Atmos (Dolby Atmos+Vision)| Dolby Digital (Dolby Atmos)| 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track)| IMAX 6-Track | Sonics-DDP | Dolby Surround 7.1 | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Bryan Cranston was in early talks for the role of Ballard. See more »

Goofs

Only one magnetic stone, which can pacify the Taotie, appeared in the movie. The stone was brought in by William the European mercenary. In reality, Chinese civilization first made compasses from magnetic stones in Han dynasty (< AD100). By the time point of the movie (somewhen between AD960 and AD1127), the compass had been widely used in navigation. It shouldn't be hard to find more magnetic stones inside China. See more »

Quotes

William: Is there a chance?
Strategist Wang: There's only one. Kill the Queen. Kill the Queen, or we all die.
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Crazy Credits

Part of the closing credits are a montage of Chinese watercolor paintings depicting scenes/characters from the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

This film will be released in the Mandarin language separately in English-speaking countries --- that is, at least Australia. Both English and Mandarin versions have been classified. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Express: Episode #14.32 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

At the Border
Vocal by Zhao Mu-Yang
Lyrics by Wang Changling
Melody by Leehom Wang
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Amazing visual display and acceptable level of clear plot
30 December 2016 | by o-27508See all my reviews

The Great Wall is truly a visual feast so would better to watch on 3D or IMAX. Some Chinese spectators have criticised its poor story and plot. However, I don't think it is necessary to design a rather complicated story as it has to tailor towards the audiences on the globe not just for Chinese preference that non-Chinese may be uninterested in ,or that may be difficult for them to understand. So non-Chinese audiences are able to capture at least the big picture of the whole story behind. This is a well trade-off for film makers, balancing the plot to an acceptable level for international audiences.

I cant understand why so many Chinese "audiences"(they did not even watch it before making comments) pretending to be international voters with broken English, are lopsidedly voting 1 and making negative comments here without any constructive and objective ideas.And even more ridiculous,they then go back to Chinese movie - grading website, with a screenshot of their own 1 star derogatory comments, misleadingly saying that foreigners also unlike the great wall as they do.

Some even said this is a fake story. Come on haters, it is said at the beginning of the movie that this is based on one of the legend (a fairy tale) of The Great Wall.I don't think its a point to discuss it.

Overall, I would award 9/10 the reminder 1/10 would be the length duration. It is exciting but too short. If it could extend to around 2 hours and add certain level of plot that would be awesome.

Hope to see more Hollywood-style movies with Chinese historical and cultural elements in the future.


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