Xuanzang (film)

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Traditional 大唐玄奘
Simplified 大唐玄奘
Mandarin Dà Táng Xuánzàng
Directed by Huo Jianqi
Produced by Wong Kar-wai
Written by Zou Jingzhi
Starring Huang Xiaoming
Cinematography Sun Ming , Satish Bhargav
Distributed by China Film Group Corporation
Release date
  • 29 April 2016 (2016-04-29)
Country China
Language Mandarin
Box office CN¥32.9 million[2]

Xuanzang or Xuan Zang is a 2016 Chinese-Indian historical adventure film based on Xuanzang's seventeen-year overland journey to India during the Tang dynasty in the seventh century.[3][4] The film is directed by Huo Jianqi and produced by Wong Kar-wai. It stars Huang Xiaoming, Kent Tong, Purba Rgyal, and Tan Kai.[5][6] It was released in China and India on 29 April 2016, with distribution in China by China Film Group Corporation.[7][8] It was selected as the Chinese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.[9][10] 'Xuan Zang' screened at the 2nd Annual Asian World Film Festival on Monday 31 October 2016 in Culver City, CA.[11]


During the Tang Dynasty's era of "Zhen Guan" (era name during rule of Emperor Taizong), the young Xuan Zang monk, in his quest for finding the knowledge in Buddhism, embarked on a journey to India, that is fraught with perils and dangers. He encounters natural disasters, and sees the sufferings of the common people. Soldiers get in his way, his disciple betrays him, he struggles through deserts, runs short on food and water, all in the quest for Buddha's teachings. He finally arrives in India, and studies Buddhism in earnest. By the time he returns to China, he is already 50 years old.



  • "Heart Sutra" performed by Faye Wong
  • "Qiannian Yibannuo" (千年一般若) performed by Huang Xiaoming & Han Lei


On 4 May 2015, the producers held the Sino-Indian Cooperation and Exchange News Briefing Film Conference in Beijing and announced that they would be producing the film with India.[12][13] The film is being produced by the Chinese state owned production company China Film Corporation and Eros International.[14][15]

Principal photography began on 6 June 2015, at Flaming Mountains (Huoyanshan;Chinese:火焰山) in Turpan, Xinjiang. Huang Xiaoming played the most important role: Tang dynasty monk Xuanzang.[12]

Filming took place in Turpan region, Changji, Altay, Aksu, Kashi and nearly ten areas of Gansu, India and other cross-border.[16]


The film grossed US$2.94 million on its opening weekend in China.[17]

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  3. ^ "Eros, China Film Corporation sign co-production deal". Nextvindia.com. 15 May 2015. Archived from the original on 12 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Aamir Khan to release PK in China, share stage with Jackie Chan". Hindustan Times. 12 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Eros International announces first Sino-Indian co-production with Chinese Film Corporation". Bollywoodtrade.com. 15 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "大唐玄奘 (2016)". movie.douban.com (in Chinese). douban.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "大唐玄奘(2016)". cbooo.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Ryan, Fergus (27 May 2016). "China, India Promote Cultural, Historic Ties Through Film". China Film Insider. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Xuan Zang chosen as China's Foreign Language Oscar entry". 5 October 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  10. ^ Rahman, Abid (5 October 2016). "Oscars: China Selects 'Xuan Zang' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "Xuan Zang". 29 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  12. ^ a b ""Tang Xuan Zang " Flaming boot Xiaoming starring Wong Producer". Iduobo.com. 9 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Ties that Bind: Buddhism at the Heart of Sino-Indian Relations". Lankaweb.com. 1 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Eros collaborates with China on film about a Buddhist monk who travelled across India for 17 years". Bollywoodhungama.com. 18 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Indo Chinese drama film Xuan Zang stars Neha Sharma, Ali fazal and more." 24 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "《大唐玄奘》火焰山开机" (in Chinese). QQ.com. 9 June 2015. 
  17. ^ Frater, Patrick (1 May 2016). "China Box Office: 'Book of Love' Wins May Day Weekend". Variety. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ "金鸡奖提名:《潘金莲》领跑 范冰冰周冬雨再争影后". ifeng (in Chinese). August 16, 2017. 

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