New Gundam film to hit Chinese theaters

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A still image of the upcoming animated film Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Mobile Suit Gundam, a popular Japanese sci-fi franchise with a 40-year history, will screen a feature-length animated film in the Chinese mainland on July 12, the first such opening since 1979.

The upcoming film, Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative, fictionalizes a great turbulence brought by a powerful humanoid weapon in the futuristic world of Gundam.

Mobile Suit Gundam Narrativewill open across Chinese mainland on July 12. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Over the past 40 years, Gundam has spawned a number of animated series, films, manga, novels and video games, earning billions of dollars and making it one of the highest-grossing franchises in Japan.

A Beijing fan event was held on June 11, attracting celebrity aficionados such as Guo Fan, director of The Wandering Earth, and Rao Xiaozhi, known for his directorial debut A Cool Fish.

Guo says the franchise has an avant-garde imagination about the future, making it a standout work in the history of Japanese sci-fi productions.

Creators behind Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative held a promotional event in Beijing on June 11. [Photo provided to China Daily]

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