Watch: Second Trailer for Zhang Yimou's Epic 'The Great Wall' Movie
"The Great Wall is the only barrier keeping the world safe…" Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have released a second trailer for Zhang Yimou's new movie The Great Wall, a fantasy action epic about building the Great Wall of China. There's all kinds of crazy stuff going on in this. Matt Damon stars in the cast as one of the few white dudes, with the rest of the cast including Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Tian Jing, Eddie Peng, Numan Acar, Han Lu, Kenny Lin and Zhang Hanyu. As weird as this looks, I'm planning to see it just for the visuals alone - Zhang Yimou always makes his films so mesmerizing to watch. The action in this looks totally massive, it might actually be thoroughly entertaining. Bombs away.
Here's the second official trailer for Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall, direct from Legendary's YouTube:
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?
Reader Feedback - 16 Comments
China is financing a movie where a White man saves the Chinese people so that they (the Chinese fatcats) can seem more legit to the West. // Epic Fail in today's culture.
DAVIDPD on Oct 8, 2016
Your micro aggressions are triggering me.
The Dude on Oct 8, 2016
Get lucrative, bro.
DAVIDPD on Oct 9, 2016
In your western culture, maybe... In China, nobody cares... Just another Chinese movie, just more like it next year too.... We put Chinese girls in Bond films as eye-candy, and we Chinese put Damon in as eye candy, it's all good , except the movie. 😀
MzUnGu on Oct 9, 2016
Seeing it all the time now. Been there they love it. It's a great idea for Chinese film makers. They do want to recoup some of the money the other way. A lot of money go to Hollywood movies from China. They are hoping to get some original IPs that might sell well in other markets. This one certainly doesn't look like the one that will do that but I think they have a lot more coming out in the next year or so with Hollywood actors. It's great I reckon. Russia is even starting to do the same. I see Hollywood actors starting to appear in their big blockbuster movies coming out soon.
TK on Oct 9, 2016
Damo's Legolas is good.
Carpola on Oct 9, 2016
I like the central concept behind this. It's certainly piqued my interest.
Payne by name on Oct 9, 2016
Everybody is developing silliness these days. That quota is getting bigger and bigger. Films are really becoming one world system, obviously ...
shiboleth on Oct 9, 2016
Yep. Cinema nowadays became synonym of mubmo jumbo CGI crap fest.
tarek on Oct 9, 2016
Looked promising until they revealed the monsters, and that they will just be killed off like CGI fodder.
CriticsAreAmistake on Oct 9, 2016
Mixed feelings on this. Yes it looks a visual feast for the eyes, but sometimes this can be overdone as well. Damon looking good even though I don't see this as a good film for him to be in (must be a good pay check).
Steven on Oct 10, 2016
This baffles me.
Nielsen700 on Oct 10, 2016
Spoiler Alert: An entire regiment of Balrogs show up at the end and save the day. And MATT DAMON! is crowned King and marries the hot girl.
Sharkman1963 on Oct 10, 2016
Shall I describe it to you... or would you like me to find you a box?
Nick Sears on Oct 10, 2016
Looks like a lot of fun!
Bill on Oct 16, 2016
I watched this last night. I seriously thought it was going to be about the Wall in China, and maybe Ganghis Kang????? It was crazy, with these bad ass killing animals and a wild storyline to go with that. It was ok....Matt Damon of course saved the day and alas may have not married the girl?????? strange part for him tho, playing a Thor like character in like 1800 china????? entertaining in that......
Victoria Pennington on Apr 15, 2017
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