New Gods: Nezha Reborn

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New Gods: Nezha Reborn
New Gods Nezha Reborn poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Chinese新神榜:哪吒重生
Mandarinxīn shén bǎng: Nézhā chóngshēng
LiterallyLeague of New Gods: Nezha Reborn
Directed byZhao Ji
Screenplay byMu Chuan
Based onInvestiture of the Gods
by Xu Zhonglin and Lu Xixing
Produced byLu Xi
Music byGuo Haowei
Production
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Distributed by
Release dates
  • February 12, 2021 (2021-02-12) (China)
  • April 12, 2021 (2021-04-12) (international)
Running time
116 minutes
CountryChina
LanguageChinese
Box officeRMB 456 million[1]
$70 million[2] (china)

New Gods: Nezha Reborn (Chinese: 新神榜:哪吒重生) is a 2021 Chinese 3D animated fantasy action film directed by Zhao Ji and written by Mu Chuan, based on the character of Nezha from the Ming dynasty novel Investiture of the Gods. In the film, a steampunk and cyberpunk take on the story, Nezha is reincarnated as Li Yunxiang in the fictional city of Donghai (loosely based on 1920s Shanghai) and must settle a 3,000-year-old grudge with the Dragon Clan.[3][4]

The film was released in mainland China on 12 February 2021 (Chinese New Year).[5][6] Netflix acquired global rights to the film except in China, and it was released on the platform on 12 April 2021.[7][8]

New Gods: Nezha Reborn is not related to the 2019 film Ne Zha; they came from different production companies and have different distributors. New Gods: Nezha Reborn actually started production before Ne Zha did, but both films are loosely based on the same Ming Dynasty novel.[9][10][11]

Plot[edit]

Three thousand years after Nezha fought the sea, Li Yunxiang, a young motorbike rider in Donghai City, discovers that he is Nezha reborn. Before he has mastered his powers, his old enemies appear, and he must settle a 3,000-year-old grudge with the Dragon Clan.[3]

Voice cast[edit]

Li Yunxiang
Voiced by: Yang Tianxiang (Mandarin), Stephen Fu (English)
  • The main protagonist. He is a smuggler and courier and current reincarnation of Nezha
The Masked Man
Voiced by: Zhang He (Mandarin), Jason Ko (English)
  • A masked monkey who is believed to be the Six-Eared Macaque, but in reality, he is Sun Wukong the Monkey King. He is based on the Monkey King, Sun Wukong, from Journey to the West.
Ao Guang
Voiced by: Xuan Xiaoming (Mandarin), Andrew Kishino (English)
  • The main antagonist. He is the leader of the De Clan whose true identity is the Dragon King of the East Sea.
Su Junchu
Voiced by: Li Shimeng (Mandarin), Nicole Fong (English)
  • A doctor from Cijie hospital who enjoys competitive motorbike racing. Yunxiang's crush and lover.
Kasha
Voiced by: Zhu Ke'er (Mandarin), Victoria Grace (English)
  • Yunxiang's childhood friend and a lounge singer.
Ao Bing
Voiced by: King Zhenhe (Mandarin), Aleks Le (English)
  • The son of Ao Guang and the Dragon Prince who was defeated by Nezha in the past. He controls ice-based powers.
Li Jinxiang
Voiced by: TBA (Mandarin), Harrison Xu (English)
  • Yunxiang's older brother. He supports his brother's job as a courier despite their father's wishes.
Donghai Yaksha
Voiced by: Gao Zengzhi (Mandarin), TBA (English)
  • Ao Guang's assistant.[12]

Production[edit]

New Gods: Nezha Reborn expands on the original story of Nezha from the Ming Dynasty novel Investiture of the Gods. It was directed by Zhao Ji and produced by Light Chaser Animation Studios, and it took four years to produce. Zhao Ji and Light Chaser previously collaborated on the 2019 film White Snake, which features some of the same cast and crew.[13]

The cyberpunk city of Donghai was designed based on a mixture of Manhattan in the 1920s and '30s and Republic of China–era Shanghai, according to Zhao.[10]

Release[edit]

The film was originally scheduled for a summer 2020 release,[13] but was delayed. In 2020 it was presented as a "work in progress" at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and released a promotional video.[14] In August 2020, its first official trailer was released.[4] On 10 October 2020, a promotional poster was released and the film's release was announced for 12 February 2021 (Chinese New Year).[15] It was screened at IMAX theaters in China on 6 February 2021, with a second round of screenings on 9 February.[16]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed US$21.3 million.[6]

Netflix has acquired streaming rights for the film outside of mainland China,[6] and it was released on the platform on 12 April 2021.[7][8]

Reception[edit]

Critic Lim Yian Yu called the film "an interesting take" on the classic novel, and said it was "definitely a family-friendly movie that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike".[17]

Sun Jiayin praised the decision to bring the character of Nezha into a setting 3,000 years after the original story, saying that this made the film distinct from the plethora of other Investiture of the Gods adaptations out there.[18]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel is scheduled for a 2022 release.[19]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "An Overview Of Annecy Film Festival's Works in Progress & Previews". CBR. 23 June 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  12. ^ "New Gods: Nezha Reborn - Cast and Crew". www.moviefone.com.
  13. ^ a b 羊羊 (2020-01-11). "又一个哪吒!《哪吒重生》定档暑期 追光动画打造 《白蛇:缘起》导演执导". Mtime (in Chinese). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
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  16. ^ "《哪吒重生》宣布提档 将于除夕夜22点上映". 新浪網. 2021-02-10. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  17. ^ "New Gods: Nezha Reborn review: A modern spin to classic legend". sg.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  18. ^ ""新哪吒"怎么样?国漫大片《新神榜:哪吒重生》先睹记-新华网". www.xinhuanet.com. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  19. ^ "新神榜:杨戬 (2022)". movie.mtime.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved 25 February 2021.

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