First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

Not sure how I feel about using The Great Wall of China as a protection barrier against monsters… The leader in this war is Matt Damon, and aided by Andy Lau, along with a healthy number of American and Chinese actors. While I’m not too excited to anticipate it, they do have many faces that I love, hence my shallow interest. Exposure is good! heh. The director is Zhang Yi Mou, ah, who did The Flowers of War and Coming Home these past two years.

Stills:

Matt Damon.

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Andy Lau.

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Jing Tian looking cold and merciless.

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EEE!! Our Warriros! Huang Xuan! Lin Geng Xin. Eddie Peng!

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So handsome. 😀

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You’re here too Ryan Zheng Kai?

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Lu Han too?

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Cheney Chen Xue Dong.

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TFBOYS are everywhere. This is…. Karry Wang Jun Kai. Lol.

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Pedro Pascal.

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Trailer:

Set to release in China on December 16th 2016 and in USA on February 17, 2017. WHHYYY?

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  1. 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

    Wow that cast o_O

    Is the movie going to be in English or Chinese (or a mix of both?)

    • 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

      if the trailer is any indication, it will be in english, with chinese actors speaking a mix of both. lols. at least that can speak understandably.

      but man! the male cast is A+++!!

  2. 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

    Eh not too sure about this white person saves China movie. Seems like such a sausagefest too.

    How can Zhang Yimou waste his talent on such a bad project?

    • 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

      ^ THIS

      SO DAMN SICK of this white savior complex Hollywood has. As if the racism in Last Samurai and Dances with Wolves and Avatar, etc etc isn’t enough.

    • 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

      Zhang Yimou has to waste his talent making this movie cuz this is him trying to Make Films The Hollywood Way

      The only reason they cast Chinese big names here is so that they can cash in on the big bucks in the Chinese market.

      Screenwriter, producer, etc. the big bosses are Americans / white so of course White Man saves Ancient China.

      Get Chinese studios to partner up so that they have a legitimate reason to mask the blatant whitewashing and white savior bullshit

      Never mind this is set in like 10th century China and out of 1.4 billion Chinese population they can’t find a SINGLE ASIAN GUY to save China in 10th century

      Hollywood is fucking racist yeah what else is new

    • 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

      Hollywood is racist and sexist

      Surprise surprise

      • 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

        The trailers for the American market show the focus exclusively on Matt Damon, while the faces of the leading stars have been deleted. After Flowers of War, this is the second film directed by Zhang Yimou with a white hero. NiNi & Christian Bale made out in FOW; is Jing Tian going to do the same with Matt Damon? The sickening thing about this is that the Chinese film makers are going along with this white savior shit, and audiences in China lap it up.

        • 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

          You know the white savior complex, whitewashing, white insertion into PoC history, and PoC erasure is bad when even Western film reviewers, audiences, and critics call you out for it.

          You’re right and that it’s definitely not the first time Zhang Yimou has done this because he’s so eager to make it in Hollywood and suck up to White Hollywood it’s fucking shameful.

          There is a lot of internalized racism among the Chinese. Many Chinese suck up to whites in real life and I see it everyday. Restaurant waiters, hotel service, etc. will treat white customers MUCH better than they treat fellow Chinese or PoC.

          White has become the norm or the standard of society. Look at how prized having white skin is among our current beauty standards. White celebrities make shitloads of money in China because Chinese people worship them.

          We need more people like John Cho and Constance Wu who are always here to point out the racism Asians face in media (among many other things)

        • 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

          And Chinese studios will keep being part of the problem because they have no self-love or self-pride

        • 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

          For centuries in east Asia, white skin was a status symbol of the upper class who didn’t have to work in the fields.
          Back in the old days of the 60’s and 70’s Japanese makeup emphasized big eyes that are so common in manga and anime. Mainlanders have been flocking to plastic surgery capital Seoul SKorea for cosmetic makeovers. Post Mao-China has deserted the required natural look of the revolutionary times.

          What was the reaction in Japan to Last Samurai with Tom Cruise? or Shogun-another whitewashed Japanese story with white heroes. We can also go way back to Sayonara where Marlon Brando fights the establishment to marry the exotic Japanese girl. This 50’s film probably launched the start of yellow fever which we’ll probably see between Matt Damon and Jing Tian in Great Wall.

        • 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

          You’re totally spot on about the white standards of beauty. Not just the skin, too. Look at all the plastic surgeries where Asians try to make their eyes have double-eyelids, make their noses straight and high, cheekbones, etc. – basically they all try to change their Asian features to look like those of white people.

          Oh Good God, Last Samurai. Goddamn that was sooooo terrible in terms of the white savior bullshit. Tom Cruise even gets the girl at the end – after being the one who murdered her husband in the first place!!!

          The whole story basically ends with Tom Cruise’s character being THE LAST SAMURAI and single-handedly saving the Japanese samurai culture like WTF??!

          Oh yes, there’s always the “exotic girl” where the white savior saves everyone and then gets the girl at the end *sigh*

          Like in Avatar where the Jake Sully is the PROPHESIZED LEGENDARY (WHITE) SAVIOR destined to SAVE ALL THE NAVI … who wouldn’t have needed saving in the first place if the white men didn’t come to raze their planet for the valuable minerals!!!

          Goodness there are SO MANY of these type of movies I’m so sick of it…

          Avatar, Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves, Last Samurai, Ghost in the Shell (WTF they cast ScarJo as the LEAD JAPANESE CHARACTER), Prince of Persia, Star Trek Into Whiteness, Gods of Egypt (Egyptians aren’t white FFS), The Revenant (in which Leo finally got his Oscar, surprise surprise), that Flower movie by Zhang Yimou, The Great Wall, etc. etc.

          Unfortunately the trend continues and racist / sexist Hollywood keeps at it cuz these movies make shitloads of money and get awards… SMH

  3. 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

    The movie looks good. Wooo eddie peng!! Lin gengxin !!! Jian tian!!!

  4. 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

    This actually feels so seriously infuriating. Totally Hollywood vibe. Why even bother to make it Ancient China setting. And really like someone above me said, it’s ridiculous how a white guy will save China. Where does he even come from? If it’s modern China I’d understand but the 10th century no.

  5. 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

    I’ll probably only watch if someone created a compilation of all of Eddie and Huang Xuan’s parts exclusively lol.

  6. 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

    Ugh. White savior complex. So many Chinese actors to choose fromantic and they chose Matt Damon? Way to screw up and white wash another film, Hollywood. But I do like the Chinese faces so maybe that’ll be the only reason why I’ll watch it.

    • 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

      Hollywood LOVES doing this, and they will keep doing this because they make a shitload of money and/or get all the White Oscars anyway

      Case in point:

      Avatar (go get that $$$$$$$, James Cameron *rolls eyes*)
      Last of the Mohicans (dem awards)
      Dances with Wolves (dem awards)
      Last Samurai
      Ghost in the Shell
      Prince of Persia
      Star Trek Into Whiteness
      Gods of Egypt (so glad this one crashed and burned)
      The Revenant (Leo finally got his Oscar, surprise surprise)
      The Great Wall

      etc. etc.

      I’m so fucking sick of the tired old white savior / racebending / whitewashing shit I STG

      • 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

        I love all the critical thinking that’s going on in the comments section here. :’) I never thought I’d run across such critical thinkers in Cdrama blogs. Lol. But yes! Hollywood always screw up these films. Even The Forbidden Kingdom required a white savior. And let’s not forget about Cloud Atlas. -.-

        Like you mentioned above, internalized racism is so real also. So many Asians worship white people as if they’re some higher entities. There’s a need to decolonize our thinking.

        • 19 thoughts on “First Trailer for American-Chinese sci-fi film The Great Wall

          Goodness, Forbidden Kingdom. Now that just shitted on the legacy of Journey to the West TBH. I totally blanked it from my mind and didn’t even remember it until you brought it up, but Goddamn I remember watching that movie and was so totally pissed off about it cuz it was SO MUCH BULLSHIT with the blatant insertion of this random white dude. Like WTF they had Jackie Chan and Jet Li and Liu Yifei – that’s MORE THAN ENOUGH to carry a movie about the resurrection of the Monkey King!

          Cloud Atlas was just a Goddamn train wreck. Holy shit. The amount of racism in that piece of shit was so offensive I didn’t even bother watching it (I watch movies to enjoy, not to get high blood pressure).

          Internalized discrimination is a big problem as is a result of the systemic prejudice, discrimination, and oppression of “minorities”. PoC and other marginalized groups don’t see themselves as minorities but it’s how old white men see them as. They need to speak up and have more self-love and self-pride and not let prejudiced assholes walk all over them.

          Diversity, representation, and equality are things that I care about so I can’t help but comment on it whenever I see shit like racebending, whitewashing, sexism, racism, and other discrimination in the media (among other things). It’s the one thing guaranteed to sour any enjoyment I can get from a movie or a book, etc. and the discrimination is so widespread it’s been touted as the “norm” when it shouldn’t be. Representation matters and those in power (e.g. Hollywood) refuse to see that because of their deep-seated superiority complexes and discrimination. Hollywood is dominated by old white men who are so fucking racist and sexist it’s offensive on every level. As an audience member I’m part of their paying customer base and I refuse to waste money on shit that demeans, ostracizes, or marginalizes anybody who isn’t a cis white male.

          Damn I can go on all day about the discrimination, etc. in media and in the world and I’m glad to see fellow commentors discuss these issues. I think these issues are really important and shouldn’t be swept under the rug under the excuse of “oh it’s just a movie”, etc. Movies and books, etc. have SO MUCH influence and the pervasive discrimination in effect brainwashes the public into thinking that it’s OK to whitewash, erase, or marginalize PoC (and women and LGBT, etc.) when this is NOT OK. Not when these “minorities” suffer from very real discrimination and hate crimes that lead to harassment, violence and/or death every day.

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