Sky Hunter

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Sky Hunter
Directed byLi Chen
Produced byLu Jianmin[1]
Written byChen Li
Zhang Li
StarringLi Chen
Fan Bingbing
Wang Qianyuan
Li Jiahang
Leon Lee
Guo Mingyu
Ye Liu
Music byAndrew Kawczynski
CinematographyDanny Chen
Spring Era Films
Release date
  • September 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
BudgetCN¥200 million
Box officeCN¥317.28 million[2]

Sky Hunter is a Chinese war film directed by Li Chen. It is Li's directorial debut. The film is produced in collaboration with People's Liberation Army Air Force and is China's first aerial warfare film. It was released on September 29, 2017.[3]


The plot centers on an elite group of Chinese soldiers that thwart a terrorist plot and resolve a hostage crisis.[1]



The film had the full support of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), with it being the first time that a film crew was allowed access to the military bases by the People's Liberation Army Air Force for shooting. Military experts and trainers serve as advisers for the movie's script, which is primarily written by air force Lieutenant Colonel Zhang Li.[1]


The film features various front line combat aircraft, including the Y-20 airlifter, the J-20 stealth fighter, the J-11, the H-6, and the J-10 multirole combat aircraft.[4][5] Scenes were shot in Death Valley, U.S; also known as the “Star Wars Canyon”;[4] as well as in various parts of China and Kazakhstan.


Li's girlfriend and top Chinese actress Fan Bingbing was cast as the female lead, playing a PLA pilot.[1] Fan reportedly received no wage for her appearance.[6]


The movie features music from Hans Zimmer, known for his scores in Hollywood productions; and Pixomondo, the visual effects company behind Game of Thrones.[1] Chinese singer and actor Lu Han lent his vocals for the film's ending theme song "Chasing Dream With Childlike Heart".

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients Result Ref.
2018 9th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Film Sky Hunter Nominated [7]
Best Director Li Chen Nominated
23rd Huading Awards Nominated [8]
Best New Director Won [9]
25th Beijing College Student Film Festival Students' Choice Award for Favorite Director Won [10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "China gets its answer to 'Top Gun' with latest patriotic blockbuster 'Sky Hunter'". CNN. September 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "空天猎". Cbooo (in Chinese). Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  3. ^ "China finds its own Top Gun and Rambo in wave of patriotic movies". The Guardian. September 24, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Upcoming "Sky Hunter" Movie Featuring PLAAF Combat Aircraft Exposes Chinese Version Of The Star Wars Canyon". The Aviationist. September 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter Jet To Feature in "Sky Hunter" Movie".
  6. ^ "Fan Bingbing plays in Sky Hunter for free to support director boyfriend". MSN. August 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "电影导演协会2017年度入围名单揭晓 吴京入围最佳导演". ifeng (in Chinese). February 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "第23届华鼎奖提名:《战狼2》、《芳华》双雄逐鹿". Sina (in Chinese). March 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "第23届华鼎奖林心如封后温情致谢爱女". Huanqiu (in Chinese). April 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "大影节冯小刚获最佳导演 杨幂拿下最受欢迎女演员". Sina (in Chinese). May 6, 2018.

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