We’ve been covering the phenomenal performance of Chinese animated feature Ne Zha in the country for the past few weeks, and now, we’re happy to report that the movie will be released in the U.S. on August 29 by indie distributor Well Go USA Entertainment. The film will play exclusively in 3D Imax Theaters on that date, and will get a nationwide expansion on Sept. 6. Ne Zha has earned over $555 million in China and is the biggest animated release and the fourth biggest theatrical release of all time in that country.
Produced by Beijing Enlight Pictures and written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Yang Yu (aka Jiao Zi). The pic is described as a fresh take on a well-known work of classical Chinese mythology. It centers on a son of the gods who finds himself a feared outcast because of a divine prophecy that he will bring destruction to the world. He faces a choice between good and evil in order to break with the prophecy and become a hero. The movie has struck a chord with audiences, as it has scored 9.7/10 on the ticketing app Maoyan.
Among Well Go’s other recent releases are Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, Zhang Yimou’s Shadow and Yuen Woo-Ping’s Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy.
Here is the film’s trailer:
Source: The Hollywood Reporter