The Mermaid (2016 film)
Chinese theatrical release poster
|Cantonese||mei5 jan4 jyu4|
|Directed by||Stephen Chow|
|Based on||The Little Mermaid|
by Hans Christian Andersen
|Music by||Raymond Wong|
|Box office||US$553.8 million|
The Mermaid (Chinese: 美人鱼) is a 2016 Chinese romantic comedy fantasy film directed, co-written and produced by Stephen Chow. The film tells the story of a playboy businessman who falls in love with a mermaid sent to assassinate him.
The film was released in China on 8 February 2016, and broke numerous box office records, including biggest opening day and biggest single day gross through its seventh day of release, as well as having the biggest opening week of all time in China. It is the seventh-highest-grossing film of all time in China.
Playboy property tycoon Liu Xuan (Deng Chao) purchases the Green Gulf, a coastal wildlife reserve, for a land reclamation project, and uses sonar technology to get rid of the sea life in the area. Unknown to him, the Green Gulf is the home of merpeople and the sonar (in addition to heavy pollution) has caused many of them to die or get sick. The few survivors live in an abandoned shipwreck in the gulf, and want to assassinate Xuan for his deeds. The merfolk send Shan (Lin Yun), a beautiful young mermaid, who has been trained to walk on her fins and hide among humans, to seduce and kill Xuan. At an extravagant party celebrating Xuan's business success, Shan, pretending to be a dancer, asks him to call her.
Xuan, believing that Shan is an escort, calls her number in order to make Ruolan (Zhang Yuqi), his business partner (and ex-girlfriend), jealous. Shan attempts to kill Xuan, but all her attempts backfire. Xuan decides to escort Shan back home, and along the way Shan takes him to a funfair where she works. While there, Shan shows Xuan there are more important things than money, and Xuan is impressed with Shan's simple, amusing antics. They spend the day together and develop feelings for each other. When Xuan finally takes Shan home, Shan quickly sends Xuan away before her people can kill him. The next day, Xuan takes Shan out on another date and proposes to her. Xuan admits that even though they only met the day before, he already knows that she is the one for him. A conflicted Shan rejects him and admits that she was sent there to kill him. Xuan kisses her, but Ruolan interrupts them. Shan runs out, and as Xuan attempts to follow her, Ruolan stops him. Angered, Xuan demands Ruolan to cancel their business deal.
That night, as Shan gets into an argument with the other merpeople, Xuan goes to Shan's house to talk to her. There, he discovers that she and her family are merpeople. Against Shan's wishes, the others capture Xuan and explain that he is killing them with his land development project. Xuan is about to be killed when Shan helps him escape. Octopus (Show Lo), one of Shan's friends, gets mad and realizes that she has fallen in love with him. Xuan returns home and, after the shock has worn off, decides to investigate the consequences of his project. He turns off the sonar but tells Ruolan that Shan is a mermaid and reveals where the other merpeople live. Ruolan tells Xuan that George, her henchman, also believes in mermaids and has been trying to find one. She is angered at Xuan's lack of affection and vows to kill Shan. Xuan tries to stop them but they dismiss him and proceed to the abandoned ship. The merpeople are attacked by Ruolan's mercenaries, and many of them are killed. The merpeople soon realize that the sonar had been turned off and return to the ocean. As Shan attempts to escape, she is shot and forced onto land. Xuan, using a jetpack, arrives in time to retrieve a badly-injured Shan. As he is carrying her to the ocean, Ruolan angrily shoots him, but George stops her before she could injure him any further. Shan insists that Xuan leave her, but he continues to carry her to safety. The police arrive and while Ruolan and George get arrested, Xuan collapses from his wounds.
Three years later, a student arrives at Xuan's home to thank him for setting up a scholarship for research into environmental protection. The student asks Xuan whether merpeople are real and if the story that he fell in love with a mermaid is true, but Xuan denies it. Xuan then introduces the student to his wife, "Lucy", who is actually Shan in a human disguise. Xuan and Shan encourage the student to travel and explore the world. The screen then goes to Xuan and Shan swimming in the ocean along with the other merpeople.
- Deng Chao as Liu Xuan (刘轩)
- Lin Yun as Shan (珊), the film's titular character "the Mermaid"
- Show Lo as Octopus (八哥)
- Zhang Yuqi as Ruolan (若兰), Xuan's business partner, the film's main antagonist
- Kris Wu as Long Jianfei, a student who sets an interview with Xuan (cameo)
- Lu Zhengyu
- Fan Shuzhen
- Li Shangzheng
- Bo Xiaolong
- Pierre Bourdaud
- Ivan Kotik as George
- Kong Lianshun (cameo)
- Bai Ke (cameo)
- Chiu Chi Ling (cameo)
- Tin Kai-man (cameo)
- Tsui Hark (cameo)
- Wen Zhang (cameo)
- Lam Chi-chung (cameo)
- Yang Neng
- Zhang Mei'e
The story was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale of "The Little Mermaid" in which a mermaid loves a human, but Chow wanted to make it a modern interpretation: "I saw great creative space and development potential from the story". In another interview, Chow said: "I'm actually a big fairy-tale fan. All my previous titles can be understood as fairy tales. In the world of fairy tales, the evil are punished and the good see a happy ending. I buy that idea."
Another inspiration comes from Chow's own childhood experiences. "I lived near the sea at a young age and I looked at the sea every day. I was frightened and curious. I was very nervous when I swam in the sea and felt there might be something hidden below. I’ve been fascinated with the (mermaid) story since then, and I felt I could do the film, creating the concept 6 years ago and beginning to write the script four or five years ago."
Male lead and villain
Stephen Chow picked Deng Chao to play the film's lead male character Liu Xuan, even though Show Lo (who played Octopus in the film, and had previously worked with Chow in Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons) was also in the consideration. Chow explained that he ultimately chose Deng Chao for the lead role due to his overwhelming popularity in China, and he also had confidence in Deng's comedic talent, having observed his performances in the slapstick-style hit The Breakup Guru.
Zhang Yuqi first worked with Chow in CJ7 and gained fame from that role. They both later fell out in a highly publicized contractual dispute. But the personal relationship between them was not intense and Zhang once defended Chow when he was under personality attacks from former disgruntled collaborators and employees. When Zhang got a call from Chow, she was in a foreign country while her car broke down. She said yes to join the cast to play the film's villain, and described the role as a personal challenge.
The selection of the female lead character, the "Mermaid" Shan, was one of the most publicized parts of the filming process. As reported on Oriental Daily News, the then 18-year-old actress Lin Yun was selected by Chow and his casting team from over 120,000 participants due to her demure personality in a talent contest held in Shenzhen. Reportedly, throughout the 13 casting-training period, Lin Yun caught the casting team's eyes for being calm and collected while other participants tried their hardest to steal the spotlight. According to Lin Yun, she entered the audition at her friends' recommendation, and has always admired Stephen Chow.
The mass audition was from 31 July – 15 August 2014 when everyone could submit the CVs to the website for online votes and for the casting team to choose. A total of 43 contestants were selected after the first round, and then were shortlisted to 13 finalists to participate in the final contest held on 15 September 2014. Among them, six were chosen to continue in the audition process. Lin Yun eventually won the role of the film.
The Mermaid began filming on October 2014, with shoots taking place in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Dongguan, and in Beijing. Before the filming, confirmed cast members include Deng Chao, Show Lo, Zhang Yuqi, and newcomer Lin Yun was from a talent contest held specifically for The Mermaid in Shenzhen.
The film's production was a well-kept secret. A major set was built up in a large factory, which was used once for glass production, in Shenzhen as the shelter of mermaids in the film. Reports say that most of the scenes in his latest film have been shot more than 50 times to meet his exacting standards. Chow has even personally coached most of the cast on acting-from lead stars Deng, Zhang Yuqi and Lin Yun to Show Lo, as well as other cast members. To get the best result, Chow once let Deng Chao and Lin Yun eat 150 roasted chickens for shooting a scene. Lin Yun said Chow has never shouted at her and would often watch out for her. Playing the role of a mermaid, Lin often had to put on the safety harness when filming her underwater scenes. As she was not used to it, she often incurred injuries all over her body, and on one occasion, Yun nearly became disfigured.
Filming wrapped up in Beijing on 2 February 2015, and then went into post-production, adding visual effects by Ken Law and his Different Digital Design Ltd., as well as by MACROGRAPH，Ltd. from South Korea, both of which worked for Chow's previous film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons.
Directors Tsui Hark and Stephen Chow collaborated for the first time in The Mermaid. The two film directors had never worked together during their careers, despite each spanning three decades. Tsui Hark said they had discussed collaboration for years but Chow was so busy that Tsui had to wait until then. At a press conference in Beijing to promote The Mermaid, it was revealed that director Tsui Hark and actor Kris Wu would have cameo appearances in the film.
Other notable cameos include actor Wen Zhang, who was in Chow's previous blockbuster Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, and the comedian duo Kong Lianshun and Bai Ke (White. K) from the popular web series Surprise, and the 2015 fantasy comedy film Surprise.
Stephen Chow was on a 20-city tour in China to promote The Mermaid, including many fan meetings. Nine companies, including China Film Group, Hehe (Shanghai) Pictures and Enlight Media, invested in the production, while four companies, Star Overseas, Hehe Pictures, Maxtimes Culture, and Union (Beijing) Pictures collaborated in terms of marketing and promotion.
On 24 May 2016, Stephen Chow, Deng Chao and Lin Yun joined Chinese government ministers in Wellington for a screening of The Mermaid as the opening of the "New Zealand China Film Week" at New Zealand's national museum to bring cultural exchange between the film-making communities China and New Zealand.
Trailers and "hunger marketing"
There were three trailers released before The Mermaid's debut. In the first trailer, the tycoon, played by Deng Chao, tells police that he has met and been kidnapped by a mermaid. In its final 90-second trailer released on 31 January 2016, it showed the love story between Liu Xuan and Shan, the two main characters, as well as the killing and hunting of the mermaids. An interesting twist and a historical link was seen in the second trailer, where there was a clue hinting at legendary Chinese mariner Zheng He's voyages in the 15th century. However, much of the storyline was kept a secret and the trailers didn't reveal too much as the marketing team held the belief to make the trailers "less amazing than the actual movie", in order to lower the hype and expectation, and so that when audiences saw the film, they would be "surprised".
Chow also adopted "hunger marketing" this time to maintain high secrecy and mystery by not letting anyone, including theater managers and film critics, see the film in advance at any premieres until it actually opened in theaters.
Theme song and music videos
The theme song of The Mermaid is titled "Invincible". The song was written and composed by Stephen Chow and performed by Deng Chao. Film score composer Raymond Wong (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle, CJ7 and Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons) made the arrangement, while the music producer Patrick Tsang (who produced records for Faye Wong, Eason Chan and more) mixed it. The song also has a music video in which Deng Chao sings in studio while Stephen Chow, Kris Wu and Lin Yun appear to sing the song too. Their vocals are never heard as there is only one vocal track by Deng.
Adam Cheng, Lin Yun, Stephen Chow and Karen Mok appeared at a press conference in Beijing on 18 January 2016, to release the promotional song "You Are the Best in the World" for the film. The song is Cheng and Mok's cover of the popular old song from the 1983 TV series "The Legend of the Condor Heroes." The music video of "You Are the Best in the World" shows a duet by Adam Cheng and Karen Mok with Stephen Chow adding background vocals.
A rumored deal of a two billion yuan box office guarantee was widely reported by the media. The deal would enable Chow and the film's producers to receive a huge chunk of advance income before box office grosses actually hit two billion yuan in China. If the gross eventually surpasses that figure, the distributors will take priority in collecting dividends. Yang Wei, Chairwoman of Hehe Pictures, "admitted there was such deal but she would not reveal the exact number since the details were covered by a secrecy clause in the agreement."
The "box office guarantee model" has existed for more than a decade now in the Chinese film industry. Chow's last film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, along with many other recent blockbuster comedies such as Breakup Buddies also used this kind of approach. It is said "The model offers not only risk control, securing the production party's interests, but also gives distributors priority in financing blockbusters-to-be, as well as showing their confidence in the films' future box office performance."
"I can confirm Hehe Pictures is the principal party of the deal and paid all the box office guarantees," Yang said.
As The Mermaid has become the highest-grossing film in China, a new poster was released to mark the milestone.
This section does not follow Wikipedia's guidelines on the use of different tenses. (April 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
The Mermaid was released in China on 8 February 2016. In the United States, it was given a limited release by Sony Pictures on 19 February across 35 theaters. In the Philippines, the film was also given a limited released in theaters on 11 May 2016, simply titled Mermaid, with Columbia Pictures Philippines and Edko Films as distributors.
Buoyed by anticipation from fans as well as having the advantage of opening a day after the Chinese New Year, The Mermaid recorded an opening day record of US$40.9 million, which is the biggest opening day for a Chinese film and the second biggest of all time there only behind the opening day of Furious 7. US$1 million came from midnight screenings. It set a new record for the fastest film to earn CN¥1 billion (US$152.4 million), doing so in just 4 days of release, and also recorded the largest 5-days gross (US$187.3 million). Through its seven-day opening week, it grossed a total of $275.1 million, breaking records for the biggest seven-day gross and the biggest-opening week of all time in China (breaking Furious 7's record), and the third biggest of all time, behind Hollywood films Star Wars: The Force Awakens (US$390.8 million) and Jurassic World (US$296.2 million). It grossed US$120.4 million alone for the three-day opening weekend (Friday to Sunday), which is the biggest of all time in China and the second biggest three-day gross behind Furious 7's Saturday to Monday gross. This along with From Vegas to Macau III (US$119 million) and The Monkey King 2 (US$116 million) helped Chinese box office break the Guinness World Record for the biggest box office week with $548 million from 8 – 14 February 2016. The previous record was set during the week of 26 December 2015 – 1 January 2016 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens led the box office with US$261 million and the box office that week totalled US$529.6 million. And the previous biggest Chinese box office week was set in July 2015 when Monster Hunt, Pancake Man, and Monkey King: Hero is Back, combined for a then total US$253 million during their first week.
On 19 February – 12 days after release – the film became the highest-grossing film in China with CN¥2.45 billion, overtaking the previous record holder, Furious 7. In its second weekend, it fell precipitously by 53% to US$55.9 million from 155,704 screenings for a 14-day total of US$419.2 million. On 26 February, it was announced that The Mermaid has grossed 3 billion yuan (US$459 million) on its 19th day since release on Chinese mainland. It is the first film ever to launch the 3-billion-yuan club in China's film industry and set a new milestone. On 5 March, it became the first film to gross over US$500 million in China and the seventh overall in a single territory. To date, The Mermaid has grossed 3.39 billion yuan (US$525 million) in China, and due to its success, its theatrical release in China was extended to June 2016.
The film also found success outside of China; it scored the biggest opening day of all time for a Chinese film in Malaysia ($838,000) and Singapore ($528,000). It also opened at No. 1 in Malaysia with US$3.8 million (ahead of Deadpool) and in Vietnam with US$2 million. In Singapore, it debuted at No. 2 with US$1.6 million. In Hong Kong, The Mermaid broke the local opening day record with HK$4.96 million (US$638,352), surpassing the previous record holder Kung Fu Hustle (HK$4.42 million) which was also directed by Chow. As of 3 April, it has grossed a total of US$7.69 million there.
In the United States, it grossed $985,000 on its opening weekend – at an average of $28,144 per theater – making it the biggest opening weekend for a limited release Chinese-language film.
However, Apple Daily reported that Taiwan won't be releasing The Mermaid. Taiwanese quota regulations permit only ten Chinese mainland films to be released in Taiwan every year. The mainland movies must draw lots and only those with numbers 1–10 get permission—The Mermaid drew #44. This was the first time that Taiwan audiences missed a Stephen Chow's film, and there were protests from fans against Taiwan's cultural ministry.
Response to the film has been generally positive. It has a 95% score on Rotten Tomatoes based on 37 critic reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Mermaid requires a willingness to embrace the strange, but backs up its wacky flights of fancy with a big-hearted fairy tale and a resonant message." It has a 69% score on Metacritic.
Glenn Kenny of The New York Times says The Mermaid is "no ordinary fantastical rom-com…encompassing as it does weaponized sea urchins, incredibly delicious roasted chickens, man-octopus self-mutilation and other comic oddities." Bilge Ebiri of New York Magazine praises the film as it's "amazing how distinctive and strange Mermaid manages to be, especially given the highly derivative concept - how personal it feels, amid all the absurdist, go-for-broke humor. It deserves to be seen." Dylan Kickham of Entertainment Weekly thinks the film is "at its best when it embraces the ridiculous, no-holds-barred, farcical comedy that Chow has become known for, thanks to films like Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer. From the start, and throughout the middle of the movie, Chow and his actors present a full-force farce." Simon Abrams of RogerEbert.com says "It doesn't matter if you don't like subtitles. It doesn't matter if you've never heard of the director. It doesn't matter if you've never seen a Chinese movie in your life. It will make you laugh. Guaranteed." South China Morning Post's film critic Ben Sin gave the film three out of five stars and describes it as "a solid dramedy with heart and, more importantly, a message", though he opines that this being the second film from Chow where he remains behind the camera, it "has to be disappointing to Hongkongers". James Marsh of Screen International says actress Lin "brings a delightfully quirky demeanour to her literal fish out of water" and "the occasionally hokey CGI only adds to the film’s oddball charm." Zhang Rui of China.org.cn says "The film has a simple and strong message to deliver: Love can transcend race and other barriers. You could hardly expect to see such a pure fairy tale and such a clean theme in blockbusters for a long time, but Chow has done it with a pure and childlike heart." Elizabeth Kerr of The Hollywood Reporter says "the fantastical Mermaid delivers its message without a shred of subtlety (and is unapologetic about it) but with considerable charm, wit and darkness to make up for it." MovieXclusive.com gave the film four out of five stars and says the film "is a complete package – a stellar cast which delivers fun performances, a decent story about environmentalism, and most importantly: a barrelful of laughs guaranteed to entertain the whole family."
|List of awards and nominations|
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s)||Result||Ref(s)|
|12th Chinese American Film Festival||2016||Golden Angel Award Film||The Mermaid||Won|||
|Best Newcomer||Lin Yun||Won|
|Asian Film Awards||21 March 2017||Best Newcomer||Nominated|||
|Saturn Awards||28 June 2017||Best International Film||The Mermaid||Nominated|||
|Hong Kong Film Awards||9 April 2017||Best Film||Stephen Chow||Nominated|||
|Best Director||Stephen Chow||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Stephen Chow||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Zhang Yuqi||Nominated|
|Best New Performer||Lin Yun||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Chan Kam Ho Raymond||Nominated|
|Best Original Film Song||Composer and Lyricist： Stephen Chow
Performer： Deng Chao
(For the song "Invincible")
|Best Visual Effects||Ken Law
- Kerr, Elizabeth (14 February 2016). "'Mermaid': Film Review". THR.com. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
- "Mermaid (美人鱼) – Review". Fmoviemag.com. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
- Marsh, James (9 February 2016). "'Mermaid': Review". Screen International. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
- "Review: 'The Mermaid' Features Stephen Chow Behind the Camera". The New York Times. 19 February 2016.
In Mandarin, with English subtitles.
- "Distributors' astronomical bet on upcoming film 'Mermaid'". China Internet Information Center. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "The Mermaid (Mei ren yu)". Box Office Mojo.com.
- Forbes (31 December 2016). "Stephen Chow Top-Grossing Hollywood Directors". Forbes. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
- "星爺起碼袋6億人仔". 22 February 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "Film review: Mermaid – Stephen Chow's environmental morality tale". South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). 11 February 2016.
This Chinese production tells the story of Liu Xuan (Deng Chao) a young business mogul attempting to clear a recently acquired bay of its marine life for property development ...
- Russell, Scarlett (8 March 2016). "The Mermaid takes $505m to become the most successful film in Chinese box office history". Digital Spy.
Billionaire man destroys a dolphin preserve. Beautiful mermaid interferes, fighting to protect her underwater land. Mermaid plots to kill man, ends up falling in love with him. Man falls in love with mermaid, too.
- "美人鱼 (2016)". stephen chow the mermaid. Archived from the original on 11 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- 龙京 (26 January 2016). "周星驰：以后别喊星爷了，叫星仔". Chutian Metropolis Daily. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
- "看周星驰的《美人鱼》前，这十件事你必须知道！". 163.com. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- Xu Fan (4 February 2016). "Stephen Chow gives away nothing－as usual". chinadaily.com.cn. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- 肖扬 (4 February 2016). "《美人鱼》票房破21亿 周星驰称喜欢被叫"星仔"". Beijing Youth Daily. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Deng Chao, Kitty Zhang Star in Stephen Chow's "Mermaid"". jaynestars.com. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- "Newcomer Lin Yun is Stephen Chow's "Mermaid"". thehivezceleb.blogspot.de. 30 December 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
- "Official website for Stephen Chow's "Mermaid" audition talent contest". mry.leshow.com. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- "Stephen Chow Holds Open Casting Call for Upcoming Film "Mermaid"". cri.cn. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- "周星驰新片《美人鱼》杀青". 163.com. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
- "Lin Yun: The New Star in Stephen Chow's "The Mermaid"". jaynestars.com. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
- "周星驰《美人鱼》演职表". mtime.com. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
- "China finds its 'Baahubali' in Stephen Chow's 'The Mermaid'". mediawaledotin.wordpress.com. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- "Legendary Stephen Chow, Tsui Hark unite for 'Mermaid'". China.org.cn. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
- "STEPHEN CHOW PRAISES "DISCIPLE" KRIS WU". Retrieved 22 February 2016.
- Zhang Rui (19 February 2016). "How 'Mermaid' becomes the biggest success". China.org.cn. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "Chinese stars bring red carpet glamor to New Zealand film festival". English China News Service. 21 December 2016. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
- "对话《美人鱼》营销公司：创纪录高票房解密". qq.com. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
- Zhang Rui (8 January 2016). "《美人鱼》宣传曲《无敌》曝光 周星驰亲作词曲". Sohu.com. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- "Theme song "Invincible" for Stephen Chow's The Mermaid". Youtube.com. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- "Stephen Chow's 'Mermaid' releases music video". China.org.cn. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- "Distributors' astronomical bet on upcoming film 'Mermaid'". China.org.cn. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "Gallery: Stephen Chow's 'Mermaid' milestone posters". China.org.cn. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- "(Press release) Sony Pictures To Release Chinese Blockbuster "Měi Rén Yú (The Mermaid)" In U.S. Theaters This Weekend". PR Newswire (SOURCE Sony Pictures Entertainment).
Sony Pictures is releasing the Chinese blockbuster "MĚI RÉN YÚ (The Mermaid)" in U.S. theaters this Friday, February 19th.
- ColumbiaPicturesPhil (23 April 2016). "MERMAID - Official Trailer". YouTube. YouTube LLC. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
... opening exclusively on May 11 at the following Megaworld Lifestyle Malls cinemas: Lucky Chinatown, Newport and Uptown.
- "The Mermaid". ClickTheCity. Surf Shop, Inc. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
- Jonathan Papish (8 February 2016). "China Box Office: Homegrown Hits Set Single-Day Record, 'Panda' Hibernates". China Film Insider. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
- Patrick Brzeski (9 February 2016). "China Box Office: Stephen Chow's 'Mermaid' Powers Record Single Day". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
- Rob Cain (8 February 2016). "Stephen Chow's 'Mermaid' Leads Chinese Box Office To $101 Million New Year's Day Bonanza". Forbes. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
- Rob Cain (12 February 2016). "China's Roaring February Box Office Is Double North America's". Forbes. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
- Jonathan Papish (12 February 2016). "On Screen China: 'Mermaid' Makes Billion-Yuan Splash in Just 4 Days". China Film Insider. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
- Patrick Brzeski (12 February 2016). "China Box Office: Stephen Chow's 'Mermaid' Nears $200M at Record Pace". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
- Patrick Brzeski (15 February 2016). "China Box Office Breaks World Record With $548M in One Week". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
- "OPENING WEEKS". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
- "China Box Office (February 12–14, 2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
- Rob Cain (15 February 2016). "How China Just Scored The Biggest Box Office Week In The History Of Movies". Forbes. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
- "Furious 7 $390,910,000 > Monster Hunt $381,860,000". Box Office Mojo.com.
- "The Mermaid (Mei ren yu) $526,848,189 > Furious 7 $390,910,000". Box Office Mojo.com.
- "美人鱼 (2016)". movie.douban.com (in Chinese). Douban. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
- Zhang Rui (19 February 2016). "'Mermaid' takes crown of highest grossing Chinese film". China.org.cn. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- Patrick Brzeski (19 February 2016). "China Box Office: Stephen Chow's 'Mermaid' Becomes Highest-Grossing Film Ever". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
- Nancy Tartaglione (20 February 2016). "'The Mermaid' Becomes China's Biggest Movie Ever; Will Hit $400M At Weekend". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
- "BOX OFFICE DATA FOR FRIDAY 19TH FEBRUARY TO SUNDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2016 (SUNDAY FIGURES ARE ESTIMATES AS OF 21:30 CST)". Box Office. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
- "再创纪录！《美人鱼》上映19天大破30亿". sina.com.cn. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
- Frater, Patrick (5 March 2016). "'The Mermaid' Reaches $500 Million at Chinese Box Office". Variety. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
- Busch, Anita (6 March 2016). "'Zootopia' Is Disney Animation's Biggest Debut Ever In China, Russia, 'Mermaid' Makes History With $503M In China — Int'l Box Office Sunday". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
- "Box office revenues set new record in Q1". China.org.cn. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- "《美人鱼》延长放映至6月8日 发行方：给市场提供一种可能". China.org.cn. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
- Anita Busch (16 February 2016). "'Deadpool,' 'Zoolander 2,' 'How To Be Single' All Jump Higher – Int'l Box Office Final". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
- "贏晒！《美人魚》破香港開畫票房紀錄". hk.on.cc. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
- Vivienne Chow (18 February 2016). "Grossing more than 2 billion yuan in nine days, Stephen Chow's The Mermaid set to become mainland China's highest-grossing film ever". www.scmp.com. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "The Mermaid". Box Office Mojo. 3 April 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- Brad Brevet (21 February 2016). "'Deadpool' Tops $490M Worldwide; 'Risen', 'Witch' & 'Mermaid' Open Strong". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
- "【更新】文化封閉 台灣無緣看周星馳《美人魚》". Apple Daily.
- "周星馳《美人魚》遇陳規攔路 今年台灣上映無望". Apple Daily.
- "周星馳《美人魚》=大陸電影 台灣過年確定看不到了！". ETtoday 東森新聞雲.
- "《美人魚》被視為中國片 台灣過年看不到星爺". Liberty Times 自由時報.
- 蔡明華、林詳澤、謝孟哲、宋卉凌 (20 February 2016). "《美人魚》票房狂掃百億 台灣因「這些」無緣上映". SET News. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
- "The Mermaid (Mei ren yu)". Rotten Tomatoes.
- "The Mermaid". Metacritic.
- Kenny, Glenn (19 February 2016). "Review: 'The Mermaid' Features Stephen Chow Behind the Camera". New York Times. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- Ebiri, Bilge (20 February 2016). "The Overlooked Mermaid Is a Hilarious Fantasy". New York Magazine. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
- Abrams, Simon (19 February 2016). "The Mermaid: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
- Abrams, Simon (21 February 2016). "Movie Review: The Mermaid". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
- Zhang, Rui (19 February 2016). "'Mermaid': A modern fairy tale with Chow's flavor". China.org.cn. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "MERMAID (美人鱼) (2016)". MovieXclusive.com. 8 February 2016.
- "第十二屆中美電影節星光熠熠——開幕式暨金天使獎頒獎典禮耀動洛城". cafilmfestival.org. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
- "11th Asian Film Awards – Nominees 2017". 21 March 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
- McNary, Dave (2 March 2017). "Saturn Awards Nominations 2017: 'Rogue One,' 'Walking Dead' Lead". Variety. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
- Nomination List of The 36th Hong Kong Film Awards (in Chinese)