Once Upon a Time (2017 film)

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Once Upon a Time
Three Lives Three Worlds.jpg
Official poster
Chinese 三生三世十里桃花
Mandarin Sān Shēng Sān Shì Shí Lǐ Táo Huā
Directed by Zhao Xiaoding
Anthony LaMolinara[1]
Produced by Sa Zhilei
Zhang Yibai[1]
Based on Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles Peach Blossoms
by TangQi Gongzi
Starring Liu Yifei
Yang Yang
Production
company
Alibaba Pictures Group
Beijing Zhonglian Huameng Media Investment
Beijing Ruyi Xinxin Film Investment[2]
Release date
  • 3 August 2017 (2017-08-03)
Country China
Language Mandarin
Budget CN¥150 million[3]
Box office US$82.3 million (China)
US$83.3 million (worldwide)[4]

Once Upon a Time (Chinese: 三生三世十里桃花) is a Chinese romantic drama fantasy film produced by Alibaba Pictures and directed by Zhao Xiaoding and Anthony LaMolinara. It is based on the fantasy novel Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles Peach Blossoms, also known as To the Sky Kingdom,[5] by TangQi Gongzi.[1] The film stars Liu Yifei and Yang Yang.[6] Originally slated to be released in China on 21 July 2017,[7] the film's release date was later pushed back to 3 August 2017.[8]

Plot[edit]

Bai Qian is the youngest of five in the Bai family, a family of fox deities and the rulers of the mystical land, Qing Qiu. One day, Bai Qian is invited to the East Sea to attend a party. There, she runs into a little boy who steals her fan. When she notices the boy missing, she spots a lady dropping the fan. The lady is recognized by Bai Qian to be Xuan Nu, the Demon Clan's Queen and a shapeshifter. Xuan Nu runs away, only for a man to come running to the boy. Bai Qian, thinking that he is Xuan Nu, tries to stop him from approaching the boy, named Ah Li. While fighting, the man stops and calls her Su Su, suddenly recognizing her as her mask comes off. The man is revealed to be Ye Hua, her betrothed, Ah Li's father, and the Heaven Tribe's Crown Prince. After Ye Hua apologizes, she leaves.

Back in Qing Qiu, Ye Hua and Ah Li have decided to stay with Bai Qian. Ye Hua is determined to make Bai Qian fall in love with him while Ah Li believes that she is his mother. While Bai Qian is with Zhe Yan, a family friend, Mi Gu, a tree spirit, informs her that someone has come to Qing Qiu to take Ah Li away. While Ah Li is running away from a lady, they both happen to stumble into a cave. The lady sees a man in an ice block and recognizes the man as Mo Yuan. When Bai Qian arrives, the lady introduces herself to be Su Jin, a princess consort of the Heaven Tribe, who happens to be in love with Ye Hua. Ye Hua walks in and tells both of them that Ah Li will be returning to the Heaven Tribe after celebrating his birthday in the mortal realm with his mom and dad.

In the mortal realm, Ye Hua explains that three hundred years ago, he was mortally wounded in a battle and was too exhausted to use his powers. Su Su, a human girl, ended up taking care of him, and as a repayment for her kindness, Ye Hua agreed to marry her. Ye Hua realizes that Su Su and Bai Qian are the same person and wishes that Bai Qian could remember and forget all that happened in the past.

Back in Qing Qiu, Bai Qian visits Mo Yuan, the god of war and a highly respected person in the Heaven Tribe. She preserves him with her blood and talks to him, calling him her master. It is revealed that she has been waiting for him to awaken for seventy thousand years after he had trapped the Demon King, Qing Cang, in a bell. She tells him that she met someone recently who reminded her of Mo Yuan.

After an incident involving Ah Li drinking too much alcohol, Bai Qian and Ye Hua argue. Bai Qian, having developed a close bond with Ah Li, wants them to stay a while longer and doesn't find fault in her actions. Ye Hua, an overprotective dad, dismisses Bai Qian's excuses and leaves for the Heaven Tribe.

While Bai Qian is gone, Xuan Nu comes and steals Mo Yuan's body. Bai Qian and Zhe Yan then rush to the Demon Clan, planning to rescue Mo Yuan. During the fight, Ye Hua shows up and helps Bai Qian, only for the sake of taking Mo Yuan's body back to the Heaven Tribe. After rescuing him, Ye Hua recalls that in the books he studied, it was told that after locking up Qing Cang, Mo Yuan went to live in seclusion with his favorite disciple, Si Yin, who was Bai Qian. She tells him that after Mo Yuan died, she brought him here and waited for him to come back.

The two develop a mutual liking for each other and Ye Hua decides to bring Bai Qian to the Heaven Tribe, hoping to get married. During Bai Qian and Ye Hua's wedding, Su Jin tells Bai Qian more of the story between Su Su and Ye Hua. Ye Hua took Su Su to the Heaven Palace and abandoned her there, driving Su Su to commit suicide. Su Jin warns her and says that Ye Hua is only with her because of the guilt he feels for Su Su. Bai Qian, filled with doubt, leaves him at the altar.

Later on, Bai Qian comes back planning to receive the soul-binding lamp from Ye Hua, so it could speed up the process of her master waking up. They both argue with Bai Qian saying that his heart still belongs to Su Su while Ye Hua claims that there has only been a place in her heart for Mo Yuan. He finally confesses that Su Su and Bai Qian are actually the same person. Finally, Ye Hua lends her the lamp and tells her that he hopes she can forgive him. Her memories are released and it is revealed that Su Jin, who was jealous, had Su Su's eyes removed to replace her own after Su Jin jumped into the execution platform, claiming that Su Su pushed her. When Su Su tried to beg Ye Hua to believe her, but he didn't. Su Su asked Ye Hua to name their baby after the word 'parting' and jumped off of the Execution Platform. When Su Su landed in Qing Qiu, her powers returned and she drank an amnesia potion to forget all the pain that happened to her while she was Su Su. After snapping back to reality, Su Jin approaches her and pushes her off the Execution Platform, but Ye Hua catches her. Ye Hua tries to console Bai Qian, but she leaves him and returns to Qing Qiu.

Nai Nai, Bai Qian/Su Su's maid in the Heaven Palace, pleads Bai Qian to forgive Ye Hua. Nai Nai tells Bai Qian the true story of what actually happened. All the time that Ye Hua abandoned her, he was trying to get permission from the heavenly lord to marry her. And when she jumped off the Execution Platform, Ye Hua jumped after her, harming himself. He even took the lightning punishment that was meant for her for 'pushing' Su Jin.

Ye Hua stays in Qing Qiu, refusing to leave until Bai Qian forgives him. For seven days and nights, Bai Qian refuses to see him or welcome him into Qing Qiu.

At the Bell, Su Jin awakens Qing Cang, hoping that he will kill Ye Hua and Bai Qian for mistreating her. Ye Hua decides to go fight Qing Cang. Bai Qian learns of the news and rushes to go help him, but she is too late. Ye Hua sacrifices himself, just like how Mo Yuan did, to lock up Qing Cang. The river, that the bell is on, freezes and Ye Hua floats away under the ice. Bai Qian follows him and screams, saying that she'll drink the potion again if he dares to die. Ye Hua watches her and sinks to the bottom, his last wish being that she could forget him for all the pain that he has cause her.

Later on, Mo Yuan's ice block cracks and he awakens. As Bai Qian runs to finally see her master, she is stopped by Mo Yuan/Ye Hua standing there and asking her (Qian Qian, a nickname that only Ye Hua called her) to come closer.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On 16 June 2015, it was announced that Liu Yifei will play the leading role of Bai Qian / Si Yin / Su Su.[9] The role of Ye Hua, the male lead, was announced to be portrayed by Yang Yang on October 29.[10]

Principal photography started on 18 December 2015, and wrapped in 21 March 2016.[11][12] The dress design of the film was Lawrence Xu.[13]

Soundtrack[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicSingerLength
1."Three Lifetimes, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (三生三世十里桃花)"Ding Ding ZhangChan Kwong-wingNa Ying04:43
2."Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (十里桃花)"Fang Wen-shanZhang Liang-yingJane Zhang03:21
3."Three Lifetimes, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (三生三世十里桃花)"Ding Ding ZhangChan Kwong-wingLiu Yifei, Yang Yang04:13
4."Peach Blossom Rain (桃花雨)"Xu RongkaiLao ZaiHenry Huo04:21

Release[edit]

The film is scheduled for release in China (August 3), Vietnam (August 4), Cambodia (August 4), North America (August 11), Myanmar (August 11), Malaysia (August 17), UK (August 18), Singapore (August 24), Australia (August 31), Germany, Thailand, South Korea (in September) and Japan.

Box office[edit]

The film's opening day gross was CN¥175 million.[14] It grossed a total of US$82,3 million in China.[15] Variety reported that Once Upon a Time would open in North American screens on 11 August 2017.[16] It grossed US$485,728 in North America.[17] Wanda Vietnam company reported that Once Upon a Time have collected VND10 billion (US$440,000) after 9 days released, it can be considered very impressive in box office Vietnam.[18] It collected US$13,732 in UK, and was last reported to have collected US$54,932 in Australia.[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2017 China Film Week in Tokyo & Okinawa - 2nd Golden Crane Award Best Actress Liu Yifei Won [20]
Best Actor Yang Yang Nominated
9th Macau International Movie Festival Best Director Zhao Xiaoding Nominated [21]
Best Actress Liu Yifei Nominated
Best New Director Zhao Xiaoding Won [22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "三生三世十里桃花(2017)". cbooo.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  3. ^ "《三生三世十里桃花》". baidu.com (in Chinese). Retrieved 2017-08-21.
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  5. ^ "To the Sky Kingdom". Google Book.
  6. ^ "Crystal Liu, Yang Yang paired in a fantasy romance". china.org.cn. 24 December 2015.
  7. ^ "刘亦菲杨洋《三生三世十里桃花》定档7月21日". Sina (in Chinese). 2017-03-30.
  8. ^ "电影《三生三世十里桃花》海报曝光 定档8月4日". Sina (in Chinese).
  9. ^ 《三生三世十里桃花》女主花落刘亦菲. sina (in Chinese). 2015-06-16.
  10. ^ 《三生三世》男主曝光 杨洋牵手刘亦菲. sina (in Chinese). 2015-10-29.
  11. ^ 三生三世电影_《三生三世》开机 一家三口玩亲亲. spider (in Chinese). 2015-12-21.
  12. ^ 影版《三生三世》杀青 刘亦菲杨洋显俏皮. sina (in Chinese). 2016-03-21.
  13. ^ “十里桃花”从荧屏到银幕绽放. 163.com (in Chinese). 2017-03-29.
  14. ^ "单日票房破4亿刷新纪录!《三生三世十里桃花》《战狼2》功不可没" 单日票房破4亿刷新纪录!《三生三世十里桃花》《战狼2》功不可没. sohu (in Chinese). 2017-08-04. 据猫眼数据显示,《三生三世十里桃花》首映日拿下了1.75亿票房的好成绩,超过《战狼2》首日1.02亿。并且《三生三世十里桃花》是在上映前,预售就已经破了1亿,开了一个好头。
  15. ^ "Once Upon A Time (2017) - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  16. ^ "Well Go USA Lands North American Rights to 'Once Upon a Time'". Variety. 2017-06-23. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  17. ^ "Once Upon A Time (2017) - Weekend Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  18. ^ "【杨洋】9/9 26岁生日会 武动乾坤剪辑+新公益大使与基金发布~9/16倩女幽魂手游活动~期待新剧武动乾坤和全职高手! - 北美华人e网|海外华人网上家园 - Powered by Discuz!NT Archiver". forums.huaren4us.com. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  19. ^ "Once Upon A Time (2017) - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  20. ^ "刘亦菲凭《三生三世》获"金鹤奖"最佳女主角". Sina. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  21. ^ "2017年第九屆澳門國際電影節獎項提名名單". Macau International Movie Festival Official Website (in Chinese).
  22. ^ "2017年第九屆澳門國際電影節獎名單". Macau International Movie Official Website (in Chinese).

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