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Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (2015)

Zhong Kui fu mo: Xue yao mo ling (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Fantasy, Romance | 19 February 2015 (China)
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Legendary Chinese anti-hero Zhong Kui, a young man endowed with mysterious powers who is forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in the course of his attempt to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kun Chen ... Zhong Kui / Demon King
Bingbing Li ... Snow Girl / Little Snow
Winston Chao ... Zhang Daoxian
Zishan Yang ... Zhong Ling
Bei-Er Bao ... Du Ping (as Beier Bao)
Jike Junyi Jike Junyi ... Yi Wei (as Jike Junyi) (as Summer Jike)
Huan Huang Huan Huang ... Nine-Tailed Fox
Wenbo Luo Wenbo Luo ... White Fox
Yidi Hou Yidi Hou ... Red Fox
Madina Memet Madina Memet ... Yellow Fox (as Maidina)
Jiao Ren ... Green Snake (as Zhiyi Ren)
Xiangyi Ma Xiangyi Ma ... Demon Girl
Quniciren ... Demon Girl
Anqi Liu Anqi Liu ... Demon Girl
Yun Chen Yun Chen ... Demon Girl


Legendary Chinese anti-hero Zhong Kui, a young man endowed with mysterious powers who is forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in the course of his attempt to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.

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Release Date:

19 February 2015 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal See more »

Filming Locations:

Zhejiang, China


Box Office


$26,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,817, 1 March 2015

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


To the Flame Like a Moth (Fen Bu Gu Shen)
Performed by Liu Huan & Jike Junyi
Composed by Javier Navarrete
Orchestrated By, Conductor Nicholas Dodd
(p) 2006 OMM Productions, S.L.
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Although narratively flawed, Zhong Kui has the luxury of using vibrant production to paint an ordinary tale with more fascinating colors.
5 May 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

It's no understatement that half of Zhong Kui is made of video game CG animation, which is not a bad thing visual-wise. This is probably one of the better looking animations from Chinese films, it is much more detailed and graphically pleasant from other recent works, though not every scene is gold. With aesthetically pleasing production value of costume and setting, the movie changes an average myth story into an eye candy.

Story follows Zhong Kui, a demon slayer with tragic past and his love interest the Snow Girl. As fate has it, they would meet in a struggle for a magical relic called Dark Crystal, so far the title is on point. The script stumbles a bit as the heavenly endeavor has too many plot devices masked as supreme powers and also much of the film is invested on Romeo and Juliet theme.

This is usual in mythical flick, the character or item has overpowered attribute so there's little consistency. Fortunately, the two leads perform well, especially Li Bing Bing as Snow Girl. If a comparison should be made, she's dressed and presented much like Disney's Cinderella. Her pale visage and good acting will delight the audiences, moreover the film utilizes the beauty in majestic set pieces throughout.

Pacing is rather slow, the film serves also as drama between the two, this can be exhausting as the predictable romantic plot takes a bulk of the movie. It employs a couple of decent twists at latter half only to end up on an anticlimactic conclusion. Nevertheless, each scene is presented with elaborate colorful vistas and dashing outfits.

Furthermore, half of it is well crafted CGI animation, everyone who have played any video games will see the resemblances. This is much better than previous Chinese animation, the details of face and clever way it paints the environment outweighs some occasions where the effect seems plastic or slow. There are times that the graphic might look jarring and outdated, but for most important part it is quite presentable.

Zhong Kui doesn't stray far from typical myth of heaven and hell or forbidden love cliché, although it has stylish production and gorgeous set pieces to paint an ordinary tale with more fascinating colors.

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