National Day holiday film slate ignites moviegoer enthusiasm in China – Global Times

Promotional material of Legend of Deification Photo: Snapshot of Sina Weibo

The recent announcement that two high-profile Chinese films will be released during China’s National Day has ignited the passion of many Chinese moviegoers to head to theaters, leading many film experts to predict that the Chinese film industry is well on the way to recovery.

On Sunday, it was announced that 3D animated fantasy adventure film Legend of Deification will be released on September 30, the day before China’s National Day. The day after, director Peter Chan’s Leap, starring Gong Li and Huang Bo, followed step with the announcement of a National Day release.  

The two films, together with movies Detective Chinatown Vol. 3, The Rescue and Vanguard, were originally scheduled to hit theaters in January during Chinese New Year, but were postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak.

Also looking to compete on National Day is My People, My Homeland. The companion piece to the anthology film My People, My Country, the new film will feature segments directed by well-known directors Zhang Yimou, Ning Hao and Xu Zheng. 

The hashtag “Chinese New Year blockbusters return” had earned 170 million views on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo as of Tuesday afternoon.

Many Chinese netizens took to social media to express their excitement and anticipation for the films, with many saying they were dreaming about “living at the cinema during National Day” to watch all the films.

“I truly applaud the brave filmmakers who have persisted till now. There are too many good films to pick from. I