Be Baffled By The Trailer For Zhang Yimou's THE GREAT WALL

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Be Baffled By The Trailer For Zhang Yimou's THE GREAT WALL

What is the strangest thing on display in the new trailer for Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall? Is it the fact that Chinese forces building and occupying one of the greatest feats of engineering in human history apparently need to be saved by a couple white guys? Is it the presence of a giant monster in what otherwise appears to be a very straight faced and serious period epic? Or could it be the apparent populatiry of bungee jumping? You can take your pick, there are plenty of options.

A flagrant attempt to tap into the massive - and growing - Chinese box office, Yimou's latest feels very much like an experiment in reverse engineering gone wrong. It's as though someone sat down and drafted a list of things required for wide release in both China and the US and then constructed a film to order based on that list without actually spending any real time on whether the story made organic sense. And so you get a huge name Chinese director working with a massive US star in Matt Damon alongside some big name Chinese talent (Andy Lau, virtually invisible in the marketing thus far), in a culture clashing story set in a time and place where these cultures really don't seem to have any obvious reason to clash and where things blow up purely because things apparently HAVE to blow up (and do so quite a lot) once you spend above a certain amount of money.

No, this does not look good to me. If you'd care to see whether you agree or disagree with my position you can take a look below.

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PSYJuly 28, 2016 12:08 PM

Agreed, also that haircut for Matt Damon !

William JohnsonJuly 28, 2016 12:21 PM

I'll watch this when it comes to Netflix, on the big screen not so much.

Matt BrownJuly 28, 2016 12:21 PM

I'm in

wagnerfilmJuly 28, 2016 1:43 PM

So someone in Hollywood thought, "Hmm, China is a really important foreign market... I bet they'll love a White Saviour movie!" FFS.

Michael LangJuly 28, 2016 2:37 PM

Could be fun. Zhang Yimou is a really talented director....so who knows?

wabaliciousJuly 28, 2016 4:43 PM

The westerners are mercenaries in China to source gunpowder. They aren't there to build the wall.

wabaliciousJuly 28, 2016 4:46 PM

Also, things are blowing up because of dragons.

StuJuly 28, 2016 5:11 PM

But it's Zhang Yimou!!??

Chinese auteurs can be bought out just as easily as Hollywood ones I guess, but I'm keeping the faith until proven foolhardy.

LPJuly 28, 2016 6:56 PM

Wait, who said the Chinese were saved by the white guys in this film? Has anybody seen it?

MikeJuly 28, 2016 7:18 PM

Video is now showing as private.

Gopal NatarajanJuly 28, 2016 10:40 PM

So, was the dragon/monster rampaging unchecked for 1700 years while they built the wall?
Also, the first glimpse of the dragon/monster shows it climbing up the side of the wall and reaching over the ramparts to grab a soldier. Methinks the wall isn't doing what its supposed to.

KurtJuly 29, 2016 8:36 AM

Deliciously stupid, but I'm game to see what Yimou can do with a blatantly populist Pacific-Rim style blockbuster.

Jack2622July 29, 2016 9:58 AM

Dragons in China are benevolent figures considered to be good luck, so this movie may be a hard sell over there. Trailers rarely give you a real idea of what the movie is about, so I will wait until someone actually sees this one before starting to judge it.

Todd BrownJuly 29, 2016 11:00 AM

Replaced with an updated video.

glah godJuly 29, 2016 6:02 PM

looks really horrrible...gotta love those c's...wow...can hardly fucking wait...ouch,...o yeah donald trump wants to hit hill so hard her head spins round like an exorcism. wow. chinese and russkys rule ..

suckit15694July 31, 2016 12:47 PM

human rights violation on damon,s head now