See You Tomorrow (2016 film)

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See You Tomorrow
See You Tomorrow (2016 film) poster.jpeg
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Traditional 擺渡人
Simplified 摆渡人
Mandarin Baǐdù Rén
Directed by Zhang Jiajia
Produced by Wong Kar-wai
Written by Wong Kar-wai
Based on Passing From Your World by Zhang Jiajia
Starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Angelababy
Eason Chan
Sandrine Pinna
Music by Nathaniel Méchaly
Cinematography Cao Yu
Peter Pau
Production
company
Distributed by Jet Tone Films
Alibaba Pictures[2]
Release date
  • December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Country mainland China
Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
Cantonese
Box office US$69.3 million[3]

See You Tomorrow (Chinese: 擺渡人) is a 2016 Chinese-Hong Kong romantic comedy film directed by Chinese writer Zhang Jiajia in his directorial debut and produced and written by Wong Kar-wai[4] with Alibaba Pictures.[5][6][7] It is based loosely on Zhang's own best-selling book Passing From Your World in the collection I Belonged to You.[8] It stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Angelababy.[3] Filming started in July 2015.[9] It was released in China by Alibaba Pictures on December 23, 2016.[10]

Plot[edit]

A bar owner ferries lonely people through their heartbreaks and undertakes a radio DJ under his wing.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film grossed CN¥287 million (US$40 million) on its opening weekend in China.[3] As of December 22, 2016, it grossed US$69.3 million.

Reviews of the film were largely negative, causing the film to open below local forecast numbers.[11] Maggie Lee of Variety called the film "an over-the-top and indigestible romantic comedy produced and co-scripted by Wong Kar-wai lacking any of the auteur's usual finesse".[12] Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter said that the film is an "impermeable melange of shapeless storytelling, rehashed gags, vacuous relationships and painfully over-the-top performances from its usually top-notch cast".[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Citation(s)
2017 11th Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Lynn Hung Nominated
Best Production Designer Alfred Yau Nominated
Best Visual Effects Perry Kain, Johnny Lin and Thomas Reppen Nominated
Best Costume Designer William Chang and Cheung Siu-hong Nominated
36th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Cinematography Peter Pau and Cao Yu Won
[14]
Best Film Editing David Wu Nominated
Best Art Direction Alfred Yau Nominated
Best Costume & Make-up Design William Chang and Cheung Siu-hong Nominated
Best Sound Design Robert Mackenzie Nominated
Best Original Film Score Nathaniel Méchaly Nominated
Best Original Film Song "Keep Me By Your Side"
Composer and lyrics: Tang Hanxiao
Performer: Eason Chan
Nominated
23rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award Films of Merit See You Tomorrow Won
Best Actress Sandrine Pinna Nominated
8th Golden Broom Awards Most Disappointing Film See You Tomorrow Won
[15]
Most Disappointing New Director Zhang Jiajia Won
Most Disappointing Screen Writer Zhang Jiajia Won
54th Golden Horse Awards Best Leading Actor Takeshi Kaneshiro Nominated
[16]
Best Adapted Screenplay Wong Kar-wai and Zhang Jiajia Nominated
Best Cinematography Peter Pau and Cao Yu Nominated
Best Visual Effects Johnny Lin, Perry Kain and Thomas Reppen Won
Best Art Direction Alfred Yau Won
Best Makeup & Costume Design William Chang and Cheung Siu-hong Won
Best Original Film Song "Keep Me By Your Side"
Composer and lyrics: Tang Hanxiao
Performer: Eason Chan
Nominated
2nd Golden Screen Awards Best Cinematography Peter Pau and Cao Yu Won [17]
Best Visual Effects Johnny Lin, Perry Kain and Thomas Reppen Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ali Jaafar (June 4, 2015). "Alibaba Pictures Plans To Raise $1.6 Billion Through Share Sale". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ Papish, Jonathan (December 22, 2016). "On Screen China: 'Tigers' and 'Tomorrow' Look to Scale 'The Great Wall'". China Film Insider. Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Papish, Jonathan (December 25, 2016). "China Box Office: 'The Great Wall' Adds $26.5 Million in Second Weekend". China Film Insider. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ Kevin Ma (13 January 2015). "Alibaba teams with Wong Kar-wai on Ferryman". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  5. ^ 周静. "Wong Kar-wai announces director of 'The Ferryman'". Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Clifford Coonan. "China's Alibaba Pictures' First Movie to Team Wong Kar Wai and Tony Leung". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Wong Kar-wai to Produce First Movie for Alibaba Pictures". Variety. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "The 88 movies we're most excited about in 2015". the Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Angelababy将出演《摆渡人》 搭档梁朝伟金城武". Phoenix Television. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  10. ^ "摆渡人(2016)". cbooo.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Critics Blamed for Chinese Films' Disappointing Box Office". The Hollywood Reporter
  12. ^ "Film Review: ‘See You Tomorrow’ ". variety.com
  13. ^ "'See You Tomorrow' ('Bai Du Ren'): Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter
  14. ^ "Indies, Newcomers Dominate Hong Kong Film Award Nominations". variety.com. Retrieved 30th March 2017
  15. ^ "中国电影金扫帚奖揭晓:吴亦凡景甜获封"影帝影后" [China's Golden Broom Awards reveals Kris Wu and Jing Tian as the most disappointing actors]. chinadaily (in Chinese). March 22, 2017. 
  16. ^ "台北金馬影展 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival". www.goldenhorse.org.tw. 
  17. ^ "Golden Screen Awards: China's 'This Is Not What I Expected' Takes Top Honor". The Hollywood Reporter. October 29, 2017. 

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