Massive 9-Minute Trailer for 'The Great Wall' Profiles Each Character

November 30, 2016
Source: YouTube

The Great Wall Trailer

"There are many things you have not seen." Like a 9 minute long trailer? This is pretty epic. An extended Chinese trailer has debuted for the Chinese epic The Great Wall, from director Zhang Yimou. The film is set to open in China this December, which is why this seems like a massive marketing push even though it doesn't open in the US until February. This features footage from other trailers at the opening and closing, and spends six minutes in the middle introducing the five different main Chinese characters. Matt Damon stars as one of the few white dudes; also starring Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Tian Jing, Eddie Peng, Numan Acar, Han Lu, Kenny Lin, Zhang Hanyu. This looks colorful and entertaining.

Here's the new extended 9-minute Chinese trailer for Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall, from YouTube:

The Great Wall Trailer

You can still see the first teaser trailer for Yimou's The Great Wall here, and the second official US trailer.

Set in the Northern Song Dynasty, the story is about mysteries centered around the construction of the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall is directed by acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, of the films The Road Home, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower, The Flowers of War, and Coming Home most recently. The screenplay is by Tony Gilroy, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro; from an original story by Thomas Tull and Max Brooks. This is one of Legendary Pictures co-productions with China. It is the most expensive film ever shot entirely in China with a budget of $135 million. Universal will release Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall in theaters everywhere starting February 17th, 2017 next year. Thoughts?

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    Still looks hilarious and strange.
  • Kenobi
    I wonder if LOTR looks as silly to them as this movie does to us? Probably not.
    • shiboleth
      In fact, that's not a bad question. There's something to it...
  • This is a cartoon, right?
    • shiboleth
      More than that, are we all considered to be children? When they make such a movie ...
      • Kenobi
        You do realize some movies target specific demographics. They don't all have to target YOU
        • shiboleth
          You do understand that targeting any specific demographics has nothing to do with making movies but with making commercials?
          • Kenobi
            That is literally the dumbest thing I've ever read. I'm sure Toy Story 3 and Friday the 13th were made without taking into account demographics. You sir are a genius.
          • Dan Hibiki
            oh yeah, Toy Story 3, the cartoon that mostly adults watched.
          • Kenobi
            yeah...which is why it was Rated R just like Friday the 13th....wait...adults also watched Showgirls...clearly my 4 year old will love it too since she loves Toy Story 3
          • shiboleth
            Without trying to interfere with intelligence (which, obviously, here is not of any help), I must say, I was aiming at something else. Which is; targeting audience while making a film is not making a film, but a commercial. Which how big part of the film production looks like for the last two or three decades. That's why mentioned Friday the 13th is not really worth of watching while Toy Story can be for everyone...
      • I'm afraid they believe we all are brainless teens.
        • shiboleth
          Even worse, tarek, they don't care. Making films for adults has lost its charm for a long time now ...
          • That's why I switched to tv series. I rarely watch now new movies.
          • shiboleth
            Well, I do both which can be satisfactory since I tend to see enough good stuff on both sides... But you are right, there's not too many reasons to trust in contemporary filmography ...
          • I suggest you to watch The Killing. Loved this series.
          • shiboleth
            Thanks, I did watch it, the real, Danish version and it's excellent. Thanks for that suggestion. If I may return the favor, I recommend the Danish/Swedish series Bron/Broen (The Bridge in English version, something I don't suggest at all) which has very interesting leading female protagonist and good, serious stories...
          • The American version is great too. Direction had a stong European vibe. Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman did an amazing job and had an exceptional chemistry. Season 3 is my favorite. Peter Sarsgaard was astounding. His performance is worthy of an Emmy at least. Thanks for the heads up regarding Bron. I'll try to get my hand on it.
          • shiboleth
            You know, I thought that American version of Killing could be also good. But, on the long list of very good series that I have to see before that, it will have to wait for some time... And, I really like the Danish version, so I have to wait and forget for a bit about it to watch the American one ... Cheers tarek. Hope you're doing fine ...
  • Charles Knowlton
    Most trailers feel like 9 minutes to me, so this must feel an eternity. I'll pass.
  • This looks a bit like a computer game, I'm totally up for seeing it though, there's so much good stuff going on, it's a strange style and the costumes are really cool. Matt Damon probably made enough money off this to retire too.
  • Mark
    You seem really stupid and ugly. Almost like a robot....
  • Dan Hibiki
    is it just me or is this secretly a Power Rangers movie?
    • Mark Brackney
      I'm glad I'm not the only one.




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