With August’s massive movie list over and thus summer being officially over, too, we get another lousy month for international films.

We trust you all had wonderful summer travels to other countries, though, where you could watch all the cool movies you wanted.

But now, welcome back to China, where Bruce Willis can speak flawless Chinese.



Friday, September 7, 2018



ā ěr fǎ:láng bàn guī tú

Director: Albert Hughes

Actors: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Morgan Freeman, Natassia Malthe

China Release Date: Friday, September 7, 2018

Less than a month from its US release, the critics seem to be OK with this one… Surprisingly.

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, Alpha tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness.

Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before winter arrives.



Friday, September 7, 2018

Pelé: Birth of a Legend

《贝利: 传奇的诞生》

bèi lì: chuán qí de dàn shēng


Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist

Actors: Kevin de Paula, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta

China Release Date: Friday, September 7, 2018

If you’re one of the few who haven’t seen this yet (it’s been out for almost 2 years), then you should definitely pay the price of admission for a peek in the cinemas.

Fútbol legend, Pelé, and his meteoric rise from the slums of Sao Paolo, Brazil, to winning the World Cup at the young age of 17 are on full display in this film. Although you probably already know the story, watching it played out on the big screen is a real treat.

And we have Vincent “The Human Chameleon” D’Onofrio to enjoy, too!



Friday, September 7, 2018

Rise of a Legend


lǐ zōng wěi:bài zhě wéi wáng

Director: Teng Bee

Actors: Jake Eng, Tosh Chan, Mark Lee

China Release Date: Friday, September 7, 2018

Note: this is in Malay & Hakka with Chinese subtitles

Two sport movies releasing on the same exact day and both have “of a Legend” in the title… not fishy at all.

Anyways, this one tells the inspirational story of Malaysia’s badminton legend, Lee Chong Wei. Born in a poor family, he never gave up despite the difficulties he went through. Stop yawning, this is serious!

His determination led to him becoming the professional badminton player and national hero that he is today, but still only winning silver (twice) in the Olympics.



Friday, September 14, 2018

Destiny: Kamakura Monogatari


lián cāng wù yǔ

aka DESTINY 鎌倉ものがたり

Director: Takashi Yamazaki

Actors: Masato Sakai, Mitsuki Takahata, Shin’ichi Tsutsumi

China Release Date: Friday, September 14, 2018

Note: this film is in Japanese with Chinese subtitles

Not only is Kamakura-based Masakazu Isshiki a mystery novelist, but he is also a good detective himself. His wife Akiko and he are acquainted with all manners of creatures and gods who are of, from, or passing through the town. Dealing with and tackling his cases means he can use all the help he can get.

Having never heard of this one yet, it looks kinda cool. Might wanna find and download with English subs. (Came out in Japan last year…)



Friday, September 14, 2018

Let Me Eat Your Pancreas


niàn niàn shǒu jì

aka 君の膵臓をたべたい

Director: Shô Tsukikawa

Actors: Minami Hamabe, Takumi Kitamura, Shun Oguri

China Release Date: Friday, September 14, 2018

Note: this film is in Japanese with Chinese subtitles

Disregard the quirky English title, and you have yourself a legit drama that is sure to draw tears. Also note, this is not the anime remake that was recently released in Japan. This is live-action from over a year ago.

Summary: A high school student happens to find a diary written by one of his classmates, Sakura Yamauchi, that reveals she is suffering from a pancreatic disease. He spent time with Sakura, but she dies. 12 years later, due to Sakura’s words, he is now a high school teacher at the same school where he graduated from.



Friday, September 21, 2018

Death Wish


hǔ dǎn zhuī xiōng

Director: Eli Roth

Actors: Bruce Willis, Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dean Norris, Camila Morrone

China Release Date: Friday, September 21, 2018

Have you ever wondered why film piracy is so rampant in China? Here’s your second biggest reason: it often takes so long for good films to come on over!

If you haven’t already downloaded this remake, it’d be great to see in the cinema late at night with few others around. Especially if you’re a fan of Willis, Shue, and D’Onofrio.

Synopsis: Dr. Paul Kersey (Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence as it’s rushed into his ER – until his wife (Shue) and college-age daughter (Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home.

With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts for his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel… or a grim reaper.

Move over The Rock, this is classic Bruce Willis!



Friday, September 21, 2018

Godzilla: Monster Planet


gē sī lā :guài shòu háng xīng

aka GODZILLA 怪獣惑星

Directors: Hiroyuki Seshita, Kôbun Shizuno

Actors: Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa

China Release Date: Friday, September 21, 2018

Note: this film is in Japanese with Chinese subtitles

Another full-length animated feature from Japan sure to impress the most astute anime fans. But again, they’ve probably already seen it because it’s from LAST year. And there’s already a live-action Hollywood remake in the works.

Years into the future and the human race has been defeated several times by the new ruling force of the planet: “kaijus”… The ruler of that force is Godzilla, the “King” of the Monsters.

Humanity is in such defeat, preparations to leave the planet have been made, and several people have been chosen to look at a new planet to see if it is inhabitable. Realizing it’s not, though, the human race resorts to Plan B: to defeat Godzilla and take back their planet.

You’d think that would’ve been Plan A.

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