Breakup Buddies

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Breakup Buddies
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Official poster
Chinese
Mandarin Xīn Huā Lù Fàng
Literally Happiness on the Road
Directed by Ning Hao
Produced by
  • Wang Yibing
  • Ling Hong
Written by
  • Yue Xiaojun
  • Xing Aina
  • Sun Xiaohang
  • Dong Runnian
  • Zhang Disha
  • Zhang Yifan
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Song Xiaofei
Edited by Du Yuan
Production
company
  • Injo Films
  • China Film Group
  • Beijing Galloping Horse Film
  • Beijing Asian Union Culture & Media Investment
  • Talent International Film
  • Beijing Shine Land Culture
  • Beijing Injo Production
  • Beijing HG & Injo Culture Investment Management
  • Beijing Skywheel Entertainment
  • Huang Bo Studio
  • Dongyang Dirty Monkey Films Production
  • China Movie Channel
  • Beijing Sankuai Technology
Release date
  • September 7, 2014 (2014-09-07) (TIFF)
  • September 30, 2014 (2014-09-30) (China)
Running time
116 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin
Box office US$195,300,000[1]

Breakup Buddies is a 2014 Chinese romantic comedy and road film, directed by Ning Hao.[2][3] It stars Huang Bo and Xu Zheng as buddies on a wild 3,000-kilometre cross-country journey from Beijing to Dali City (via Zhangjiajie).

The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2014,[4] and was released domestically on September 30, 2014. It grossed over $195 million to become one of the highest-grossing films in China.

Plot[edit]

Womanizer Hao Yi (Xu Zheng) takes his best friend Geng Hao (Huang Bo) on a road trip to Dali City — China's unofficial capital of one night stands — to help him recover from a devastating divorce. Years before, Kang Xiaoyu (Yuan Quan) had traversed the same route to Dali where she met her future husband.

Cast[edit]

  • Huang Bo as Geng Hao
  • Xu Zheng as Hao Yi
  • Yuan Quan as Kang Xiaoyu
  • Zhou Dongyu as Zhou Lijuan, a.k.a. "Christina"
  • Tao Hui as Avatar girl
  • Yue Xiaojun as innkeeper
  • Shen Teng as bar owner
  • Zhang Li as pretty lesbian
  • Jiao Junyan as Xiao Bei
  • Ma Su as prostitute from Northeast China
  • Liu Meihan as prostitute from Hunan
  • Xiong Naijin as Kang Xiaoyu's best friend
  • Liu Yiwei as cop
  • Wang Yanhui as crime boss
  • Lei Jiayin as gangster
  • Yong Mengting as cosplay girl
  • Liang Hao as Li Maomao, Zhou Lijuan's boyfriend
  • Guo Tao as Kang Xiaoyu's attorney (cameo)
  • Li Chen as Kang Xiaoyu's new lover (cameo)
  • Xia Yu as Kang Xiaoyu's ex (cameo)

Review[edit]

Derek Elley of Film Business Asia gave the film a 7 out of 10, calling it "Ning Hao's maturest film so far" and praising the performances as "strong".[5]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed ¥1.16971 billion at the Chinese box office[6] and a total of US$195.3 million internationally.[1] The Guardian's Phil Hoad mentioning the film as one of "a few, giant, isolated local hits".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nancy Tartaglione and David Bloom (January 10, 2015). "'Transformers 4′ Tops 2014's 100 Highest-Grossing International Films – Chart". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ "CNing Hao Gets His Apatow On With New Comedy BREAKUP BUDDIES'". Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ning Hao's Latest "Breakup Buddies" Trailer and Poster Gallery!". Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Toronto Film Festival Lineup Includes Denzel Washington's 'Equalizer,' Kate Winslet's 'A Little Chaos'". Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ Elley, Derek (2014-11-20). "Breakup Buddies review". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  6. ^ 心花路放(2014). www.cbooo.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ Phil Hoad (December 31, 2014). "Transformers 4 – machine-tooled for domination: 2014 global box office in review". theguardian.com. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 

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