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Mei ren yu (2016)

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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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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shan the Mermaid is portrayed as a sympathetic character unlike the female leads in Stephen Chow's previous works, where they were portrayed as bumbling love interests. See more »

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Referenced in Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up (2016) See more »

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Invincible
Composed & Lyrics by Stephen Chow
Performed by Chao Deng
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Stephen Chow's trademark style of comedy is evident throughout "Mermaid"
9 February 2016 | by Tiger HengSee all my reviews

This year's Chinese New Year is packed with Festive Films, from Monkey King 2, Vegas to Macau 3 to Mermaid.

After watching all 3 of them, I have decided to only write a review for Mermaid because it is the only one worth the effort and time.

The great thing about Mermaid is that while it is a comedy that brings the whole family together, it manages to bring in an underlying plot that teaches us important values about ecosystem and a life lesson about money and materialism.

While not on par with Chow's masterpiece like Kung Fu Hustle or Shaolin Soccer, Mermaid is better than Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. The slapstick style of comedy of Chow is evident throughout the movie, and the laughter by the audiences can be heard echoing throughout the cinema halls.

A number memorable scenes provide some of the biggest laughs – such as when Shan made numerous botched attempts to assassinate Liu Xuan with various means and weapons from the sea.

Newcomer Jelly Lin is the latest in a long line of "Stephen's Girls". Chow has the knack of discovering an illustrious list of talented actresses that include Karen Mok, Cecilia Cheung, and Vicky Zhao. Lin is the latest muse to channel Chow's range of rubber-faced physical comedy and deadpan delivery of killer lines. Jelly Lin is reportedly cast from auditions with over 10,000 hopefuls.

While this film will not play extremely well with critics, it undoubtedly will have a good word-of-mouth as it is an entertaining movie with the right balance of humour, touching moments and good acting.

After watching so many movies is this Chinese New Year, I can say that Mermaid is easily the best movie of them all.

I look forward to Stephen Chow's next movie, and the opportunity for him to step in-front of the camera once more.


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