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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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Stephen Chow (as Xingchi Zhou)
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Cast

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

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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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

8 February 2016 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mermaid See more »

Filming Locations:

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,720,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$985,052, 21 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,232,685

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$553,810,228
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a making of featurette, director Tsui Hark claimed he took a part in the film merely to see how Stephen Chow works. See more »

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Invincible
Composed & Lyrics by Stephen Chow
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Chow proves once again that the formula to a good movie is to tell a simple story well.
15 February 2016 | by aang-56116See all my reviews

This may not be a Stephen Chow masterpiece.

It is not because this is a bad movie, it is simply because Stephen Chow has set a very high standard in classic like Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin soccer.

Comparing to what is available in the cinemas since beginning of the year, this movie fares well. Complicated movie like Hateful 8 may be critic's favorite, but this movie does what a movie fundamentally should do, that is to entertain its audience.

Stephen Chow prove yet again a good director needs just to able to tell his story well, to make a good movie.

His visual sense is driven, not by a need to appear artistic and confusing, but to resonate with audiences.

The result, a well made movie that is entertaining and a simple story told well by a gifted film maker.

Chow has a gift for spotting talent and using them well.

Not only he is brave in casting a newcomer to lead role.

He is able to spot the that Deng Chao (better know as the Running Man) will be perfect as a comic male lead.

He is likable, even when he is acting like a greedy spoil rich brat. He certainly oozes charisma.

Under Chow's direction, he is able to master the act of comic timing and delivery. Best scene has to be the "failed assassination scene" where the interplay between Jelly (mermaid) and Deng Chao result in a stomach ripping experience for the audience.

I used to think his wife (Sun Li) is the only credible actress in his family, after watching Deng's performance here, I am convinced he is more than a Running Man.


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