Not gonna lie, this might be the best month for movies in China in the history of movies in China. Even with the exact same number of films as last month, we have MUCH more variety and there is absolutely something for everyone.

We’ve got action, we’ve got fantasy, we’ve got cartoons, we’ve got comedy, we’ve got drama, we’ve got animals, we’ve got rich Asians… What’s not to like?


Thursday, November 1, 2018

The House with a Clock in its Walls


dī dá wū

Director: Eli Roth

Actors: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro

China Release Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Yes, a movie being released on a Thursday. It must be soooo good. Not. At least it has Jack Black for the on-point comedic relief.

Lewis Barnavelt, after losing his parents, is sent to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan. He discovers his uncle is a warlock, and enters a world of magic and sorcery.

But this power is not limited to good people: Lewis learns of Isaac Izard, an evil wizard who constructed a magical clock with black magic, as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday. He died before he could finish the clock, but he hid the clock in his house, where Uncle Jonathan now lives. Now Lewis and Jonathan must find the clock before it finishes its countdown and ends the world.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

A Street Cat Named Bob


liú làng māo bào bó

Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Actors: Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Bob the Cat

China Release Date: Friday, November 2, 2018

Anyone who’s ever adopted a cat off the street before can immediately relate with this hilariously moving tail. (sic) A British movie from 2016, finally making it’s way to Mainland China, this is a perfect flick to take your animal-lover lover to after a nice vegetarian meal.

Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms


hú táo jiá zǐ hé sì gè wáng guó

Directors: Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston

Actors: Helen Mirren, Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman

China Release Date: Friday, November 2, 2018

All Clara wants is a key (don’t we all)… a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother.

A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key-which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world.

It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

The Hurricane Heist


jù fēng qí jié

Director: Rob Cohen

Actors: Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten

China Release Date: Friday, November 2, 2018

In the running for the worst movie of the year, this CGI “thriller” if we can call it that, received so many poor reviews back in March when it first came out. If you like disasters and fake graphics, this one’s definitely for you.

The gist: thieves attempt a massive heist against the U.S. Treasury as a Category 5 hurricane approaches one of its Mint facilities. In another word, boring. The cat one looks heaps better.

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Friday, November 9, 2018



dú yè :zhì mìng shǒu hù zhě

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Actors: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson

China Release Date: Friday, November 9, 2018

To all the naysayers who thought this wouldn’t come to China, eat your words! Although it’ll be heavily censored, it still might be worth a gander on the big screen.

When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life. Although this film isn’t integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s totally the same world. And although the reviews for the film are bad, we’re still gonna see it. Just don’t read the reviews.


Friday, November 9, 2018

Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer

《名侦探柯南: 零的执行人》

míng zhēn tàn kē nán:líng de zhí háng rén

aka: 名探偵コナン ゼロの執行人

Director: Yuzuru Tachikawa

Actors: Tôru Furuya, Megumi Hayashibara, Rikiya Koyama

China Release Date: Friday, November 9, 2018

Note: this one is in Japanese with Chinese subtitles

Hate to break it to ya, but this is the 22nd in a long series of Detective Conan animé flicks. And this particular one isn’t a great entry point. At least Amuro shows up.

In it, Detective Conan investigates an explosion that occurs on the opening day of a large Tokyo resort and convention center. Of course, mystery does feature in the film, as Conan still needs to figure out the true culprit behind it.

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Friday, November 9, 2018



wǒ de yuān jiā shì tiáo gǒu

Director: Mandie Fletcher

Actors:  Ed Skrein, Jennifer Saunders, Emilia Jones, Ed Skrein

China Release Date: Friday, November 9, 2018

Not to be outdone by the cat movie from last week, we’ve got a not-too-dissimilar film about a dog.

Sarah is a young woman whose life is in a bit of a mess. The last thing she needs is someone else to look after. Yet, like it or not, her Grandmother has bequeathed her a very spoiled pug – Patrick. Surely she must have had her reasons? Hmm, I wonder what THOSE could be.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald


shén qí dòng wù:gé lín dé wò zhī zuì

Director: David Yates

Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp, Jude Law

China Release Date: Friday, November 16, 2018

The highly anticipated Fantastic Beasts 2 has scored a same-day release with the USA~ A huge win for Harry Potter fans in China! Yay.

Magizoologist Newt Scamander returns in this “even better than the first” sequel… and we get to see more of Grindelwald, obviously, as well as many younger versions of our favorite characters from the original HP series, including Professor Dumbledore himself.

This being a must-see is an understatement.


Friday, November 23, 2018

Johnny English Strikes Again


hān dòu tè gōng sān

Director: David Kerr

Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Emma Thompson, Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko

China Release Date: Friday, November 23, 2018

Rowan Atkinson returns to the big screen in what’s arguably his third best character of all time, ol’ chap Johnny English.

The new adventure begins when a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the Secret Service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analog methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.

Strange, that sounds exactly like the latest Mission Impossible.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Ralph Breaks The Internet

《无敌破坏王2: 大闹互联网》

wú dí pò huài wáng èr:dà nào hù lián wǎng

Directors: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore

Actors: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore

China Release Date: Friday, November 23, 2018

Another same-week release for China! Six years after the events of Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wifi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.

And if you look closer at the Chinese poster for this film, you can’t help but laugh. Oh, the irony! Some of those “internet” logos are mysteriously blocked here, but a movie about them still happens to sneak in… we assume those parts will be blurred out or renamed, though. On principle.

Obviously, the most anticipated part of this will be seeing all the Disney princesses (and voices) together in the same scene. We literally can’t wait~

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians


zhāi jīn qí yuán

Director: Jon M. Chu

Actors: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong

China Release Date: Friday, November 30, 2018

No idea how this one will do in Mainland China, but we assume, with all of the buzz and great reviews around the world, it’s gonna do pretty well. For best experience, watch with a theater full of Crazy [Middle Class] Asians.

The story follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick’s (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding.

Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he’s perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Blood Father


wáng mìng jiù shú

Director: Jean-François Richet

Actors: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna

China Release Date: Friday, November 30, 2018

The sleeper hit for the month because of Chinese favorite, Mel Gibson. We don’t get updates about his personal life here. Wait, and this one is from 2016. Geesh.

An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her. We have no idea who will win and who will lose.

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