The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom

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The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom
The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Traditional 白髮魔女傳之明月天國
Simplified 白发魔女传之明月天国
Mandarin Báifà Mónǚ Zhuàn Zhī Míngyuè Tiānguó
Directed by Jacob Cheung
Produced by Huang Jianxin
Screenplay by Kang Qiao
Wang Bing
Story by Liang Yusheng
Starring Fan Bingbing
Huang Xiaoming
Vincent Zhao
Wang Xuebing
Ni Dahong
Tong Yao
Li Ruxin
Cinematography Lin Guohua
Production
company
Distributed by Bona Film Group
Release date
  • 31 July 2014 (2014-07-31)
Running time
103 mins
Country China
Language Mandarin
Budget 100 million yuan
(US$16 million)[1]
Box office US$64.2 million

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom is a Chinese wuxia-fantasy 3D film loosely adapted from Liang Yusheng's novel Baifa Monü Zhuan. Directed by Jacob Cheung and produced by Bona Film Group, the film stars Fan Bingbing as the title character, with Huang Xiaoming, Vincent Zhao and others among the supporting cast.[2] Originally scheduled for release on 25 April 2014, the film was moved to 1 August 2014, then moved a day earlier to 31 July 2014.[3][4]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom was produced at a budget of 100 million yuan. Shooting started in November 2012 and ended in March 2013. During filming, Huang Xiaoming had a three-metre fall after a wire accident on the set and he fractured two toes on his left foot. He had to sit in a wheelchair for weeks, but resumed filming even though he had yet to fully recover. On 2 April 2013, Huang and Fan Bingbing attended a press conference in Beijing to talk about their experiences in filming White Haired Witch.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed US$61,900,000 in mainland China[5] and a total of US$64.2 million internationally.[6]

Critical response[edit]

The film received negative reviews from audiences. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports a 0 approval rating from critics, with an average score of 4.3/10, based on 6 reviews.[7] The Hollywood Reporter said, "it's a shame that Cheung's first film in seven years is eventually weighed down by this rushed, uneven sprawl of a story credited to five screenwriters, each of whom possibly bringing their own references (ranging from political-parable historical dramas like last year's Life of Ming, to the contemporary dramas like Infernal Affairs) and their perspective in how to make The White Haired Witch connect with a new generation of viewers. Their attempt in reinventing this tale sits uncomfortably with the one central element that couldn't be moved — that is, the troubled (and sloppily presented) romance involving the title character."[8]

On Chinese movie review site Douban, the film has a rating of 3.8/10, based on 51590 viewers.[9] On Mtime.com, it has a score of 5.5 out of 10, based on 13137 viewers.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fan Bingbing and Huang Xiaoming Completes [sic] Filming "White Haired Witch"". Jayne Stars. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "White Haired Witch drops a poster! (and literally drops an actor!)". TarsTarkas.net Blog. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  3. ^ 《白发魔女传之明月天国》北京首映- 黄晓明获赞“送嫁男神”(图) (in Chinese). NetEase. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  4. ^ 新《白发魔女传》改档七夕 五一档大片扎堆 为放映空间而调整 (in Chinese). mtime. 8 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Weekly box office 11/08/2014 - 17/08/2014". english.entgroup.cn. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  6. ^ Nancy Tartaglione and David Bloom (January 10, 2015). "'Transformers 4′ Tops 2014's 100 Highest-Grossing International Films – Chart". deadline.com. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ "The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom". rottentomatoes. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "'The White Haired Witch of the Lunar Kingdom' ('Bai Fa Mo Nu Zhuan Zhi Ming Yue Tian Guo'): Film Review". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "白发魔女传之明月天国". douban.com. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "白发魔女传之明月天国". mtime.com. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 

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