'Wolf Warrior 2' represents China in bid for foreign language film Oscar

Source:CGTN Published: 2017/10/6 13:49:11

The mega-hit action film Wolf Warrior 2 has been selected to represent China in the bid for the Best Foreign Language Film at next year's Oscars. 

The film has raked in more than 5.3 billion yuan (796 million US dollars) at the box office as is the highest-grossing film of all-time in Chinese cinema history.

It took only 12 days for the film to beat the previous record set by Stephen Chow's "The Mermaid," which earned 3.39 billion yuan last year. 

Directed by and starring martial arts expert Wu Jing, Wolf Warrior 2 tells the story of Leng Feng, a former Chinese Special Forces officer, reprising his role as a rescuer and protector of civilians after getting involved in a war in an African country.

The movie's plot echoes the Chinese navy's evacuation of Chinese nationals from war-torn areas of Africa.

The huge demand for tickets has also prompted distributors to push back the film's off-screen date twice. 

It is expected to be removed from cinemas on October 28.

Wolf Warrior 2 is one of 92 films up for consideration in the Oscars's foreign language film category. 

Haiti, Honduras, the Laos, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time runners in the category.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on January 23, 2018.

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