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Liu Lang Di Qiu (2019)

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The sun was dying out, people all around the world built giant planet thrusters to move Earth out of its orbit and to sail Earth to a new star system. Yet the 2500 years journey came with unexpected dangers, and in order to save humanity, a group of young people in this age of a wandering Earth came out boldly and fought hard for everyone's survival.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuxiao Qu ... Liu Qi
Jing Wu ... Liu Peiqiang
Guangjie Li ... Wang Lei
Man-Tat Ng ... Han Ziang
Jin Mai Jaho Jin Mai Jaho ... Han Duoduo
Mike Kai Sui ... Tim (as Sui Kai)
Hongchen Li Hongchen Li ... Zhang Xiaoqiang
Jingjing Qu Jingjing Qu ... Zhou Qian
Yichi Zhang Yichi Zhang ... Li Yiyi
Haoyu Yang ... He Lianke
Zhigang Jiang Zhigang Jiang ... Zhao Zhigang
Huan Zhang Huan Zhang ... Huang Ming
Jiayin Lei ... Yi Ge
Arkadiy Sharogradskiy Arkadiy Sharogradskiy ... Makalov
Hao Ning Hao Ning ... Er Shu
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The sun is dying out. The earth will soon be engulfed by the inflating sun. To save the human civilization, scientists draw up an escape plan that will bring the whole human race from danger. With the help of thousands of infusion powered engines, the planet earth will leave the solar system and embark on a 2,500 year journey to the orbit of a star 4.5 light years away.

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China

Release Date:

5 February 2019 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wandering Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Qingdao, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,685,287, 10 February 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,187,482, 10 February 2019
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2.55 : 1
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Chinese movie industry had contacted some famous directors: James Cameron, Luc Besson, Alfonso... to name a few. All rejected the proposal. The job eventually landed on a not-so-famous director Frant Gwo, who was most passionate about the original story. Gwo and his colleagues wrote an outline of 25,000 words, which was way above normal. They spent 6 months together, working day and night, writing then rewriting the draft. In the end the draft alone has one million words. Each character you see in the film has detail background and stories. See more »

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A rare gem in the field of Sci-Fi
7 February 2019 | by ahdavidwuSee all my reviews

After producing a string of sloppy, cringe-worthy sci-fi films, Chinese cinema has finally delivered one with awe-inspiring visual, and more surprisingly, a humanizing story.

For fans of hard sci-fi, this film's premise is indeed a bit absurd and scientifically inaccurate; building ten thousand massive engines on the surface of earth to move the entire planet away from a dying sun. Still, the focus is not technology but people. The main plot focuses on grandfather, father and son (plus an adopted daughter) try to survive and preserve whatever dignity and humanity still remains on a chaotic frozen planet. The film hammers in the notion that anyone is somebody's child, parent or best friend, yet a single human life is merely an incredibly expendable resource in the bigger picture. The visual effects are total eye-candy, but a generous amount of practical effects and realistic props are constant reminders of the setting's 'earthiness'.

The Wandering Earth's biggest surprise for me is political. Usually, Chinese nationalism means that foreigners in sci-fi films are portrayed as either villainous or incompetent. Yet in this film, the Chinese characters struggles to save the day, and eagerly cooperate with an international force of largely nameless heroes. It's another reminder that in this depressing future, even the Chinese strength cannot succeed alone.

This movie has a lot of dialogues, more than that's necessary in most scenes. Unless its dubbed, I don't think an English-speaking audience could fully enjoy it. Another issue is the cast, almost entirely comprised of rookies. Though the acting is not bad, it's certainly not consistent either.

People who had read The Wandering Earth held high expectations for the film adaptation, those expectations have certainly been met.


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