Distributors' astronomical bet on upcoming film 'Mermaid'

By Zhang Rui
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A poster of Show Lo's character in Stephen Chow's new film "Mermaid." [Photo/China.org.cn] 

The other rival will be "The Man from Macau III," a Chinese action comedy film directed by Andrew Lau and Wong Jing, starring Chow Yun-fat, Andy Lau, Nick Cheung and Li Yuchun, with special appearances by Jacky Cheung and Carina Lau. The film is the third installment of the blockbuster franchise "The Man from Macau". The previous two episodes had great success in the past, and the film upgraded its scale with more movie stars and family-friendly fun for the new installment.

Industry observers predict that the 7-day Chinese lunar New Year holiday alone will produce two billion yuan in total grosses as the three blockbusters-to-be have crowded the season with audiences seeking to crowd the theaters in world's second largest film market.

To avoid the heated competition, one of the most anticipated films "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny," directed by Yuen Woo-ping, has postponed its release date from Feb. 8 to Feb. 18.

There may be a few dark horses vying to win the Spring Festival from under the noses of the three giants. Three smaller films, including the animated feature "Mr. Nian" produced by Ning Hao and directed by Zhang Yang, "Xuan Zang" directed by Huo Jianqi, starring Huang Xiaoming, the Hollywood-style sci-fi action film "Lost in the Pacific" directed by Vincent Zhou, starring Brandon Routh and Zhang Yuqi, have set their release date on the same day of Feb. 8.

Chinese box office growth went wild in 2015 as the fantasy adventure film "Monster Hunt" directed by Raman Hui is now the highest grossing film ever in the Chinese market and is the only domestic film surpassing two billion yuan in box office earnings as it has grossed 2.438 billion yuan (US$385 million). Whether "Mermaid" or any other films will break the record remains to be seen.

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