9 Foreign Movies to China in June 2018

After an action-packed May without any options for the kiddos, we at least have a couple cartoons to choose from this month. Those animation movies are from Japan, Germany, and the USA, respectively. And because we can never have enough Chris Pratt, we also get the big dino-followup we’ve all been waiting for! Hope you didn’t have enough of him after Avengers…

Friday, June 1, 2018

Doraemon the Movie:

Nobita’s Treasure Island


duō lā a mèng:dà xióng de jīn yín dǎo

aka ドラえもん のび太の宝島

Director: Kazuaki Imai

Actors: Yumi Kakazu, Subaru Kimura, Wasabi Mizuta

China Release Date: Friday, June 1, 2018

Note: this cartoon is in Japanese with Chinese subtitles

This 38th installment in the Doraemon franchise (yes, you read that right) was released in Japan in March 2018. It’s based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island novel.

In the story, Doraemon, Nobita, Shizuka, Gian, and Suneo set out on an adventure in the Caribbean Sea. Nobita is the captain of a ship and fights his enemies on board. Shizuka gets kidnapped, and a storm impedes their journey. Mini-Dora help Nobita and friends on their journey. When the adventurers finally find the mysterious Treasure Island, they discover it is more than just an ordinary island.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Midnight Dreamers


mù guāng bā lí

aka Lumière Amoureuse

Director: Lifang Wan

Actors: Samuel Mercer, Fei Tong, Éric Bougnon, Roby Schinasi

China Release Date: Friday, June 8, 2018

Note: this movie is in French with Chinese subtitles

This might be the best movie we’ve ever told you about. It’s the self-proclaimed “most romantic vampire movie in the histroy” (sic) – and we believe you will drop everything to extract the QR code below and watch the trailer. (Don’t.)

In France, a movie production company directed by the mysterious K family employs actors to participate in film shoots. Their screenplays are conceived to exacerbate and fulfil the desires of the family’s members, who turn out to be vampires that feed off the blood of their victims.

But twenty years earlier, François, the film director in the K family, fell in love with a young Chinese woman. He never got over losing her and when her daughter, who is his spitting image, arrives for an audition, his life will be turned upside down.


Friday, June 8, 2018

Black Water


shēn hǎi yuè yù

Director: Pasha Patriki

Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Courtney B. Turk

China Release Date: Friday, June 8, 2018

We’re as surprised as you are that these two old action heroes are still making action movies.

After a failed mission, deep-cover operative Wheeler (Van Damme) is imprisoned in a CIA black site on a submarine. The CIA agents will to go to any lengths to get information from Wheeler – but nothing can prepare them for the storm of violence that erupts when he joins forces with a fellow prisoner (Lundgren) as deadly as he is mysterious.

So original.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Jurassic World:

Fallen Kingdom


zhū luó jì shì jiè èr

Director: J. A. Bayona

Actors: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, James Cromwell, BD Wong

China Release Date: Friday, June 15, 2018

Travel back with us to 1994… that first time you saw Spielberg’s Jurassic Park in the cinemas. Nostalgia overload! This one will probably be nothing like that. But hey, good news – in a rare show of grace, China is getting this one a week before the US!

When the special island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Pratt) and Claire (Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

But where [not to mention how] will they take them? Nobody knows.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

The 7th Dwarf


dì qī gè xiǎo ǎi rén

aka Der 7bte Zwerg

Director: Harald Siepermann

Actors: Otto Waalkes, Mirco Nontschew, Boris Aljinovic

China Release Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018

Note: this movie might be in German with Chinese subtitles… but the trailer has Chinese audio

The evil witch Dellamorta cursed princess Rose when she was a baby. Before she turns 18, Rose will get stung in the finger by a sharp object and she and the whole castle will fall into a hundred year long sleep unless her true love would kiss her.

The night before her birthday she sends Jack to the 7 dwarfs, who live behind the 7 mountains to hide until after Rose has turned 18. Unfortunately he gets lost and captured by Dellamorta’s dragon Burner. So at the party, Rose gets stung in the finger, and everyone falls into deep sleep. Everyone but the 7 dwarfs of course who will go on a journey to save Jack so he can save Rose.

And my name isn’t Snow White.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Survival Family


shēng cún jiā zú

aka サバイバルファミリー

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi

Actors: Fumiyo Kohinata, Eri Fukatsu, Yuki Izumisawa

China Release Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Note: this movie is in Japanese with Chinese subtitles…

If you haven’t seen this one yet (it came out last year in Japan), we highly recommend it!

After a sudden worldwide power cut, a Tokyo family are caught up in the chaos as millions traverse the country in search of electricity.

Can you imagine what life would be like without something as simple as electricity?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Incredibles 2


chāo rén zǒng dòng yuán èr

Director: Brad Bird

Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush, Holly Hunter, Jonathan Banks, Bob Odenkirk, Craig T. Nelson

China Release Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

The world’s favorite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of normal life.

It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

Kids and grown-ups alike will all love this one. How do we know? One word: Pixar.

One last thing, make sure your tickets say it’s in English! It looks like they might be dubbing some of these showings into Chinese audio for the local youngsters.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Escape Plan 2: Hades


jīn chán tuō ké èr

Director: Steven C. Miller

Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Jaime King, 50 Cent

China Release Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Another sequel for June. Do you even remember the first one? It was dreadfully predictable.

Ray Breslin (Stallone) manages an elite team of security specialists trained in the art of breaking people out of the world’s most impenetrable prisons.

When his most trusted operative, Shu Ren, is kidnapped and disappears inside the most elaborate prison ever built, entirely computerized and constantly changing shape, Ray must track him down with the help of some of his former friends.

I think I’ll stick with The Incredibles this weekend.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Phoenix Forgotten


fèng huáng chéng yí wàng lù

Director: Justin Barber

Actors: Florence Hartigan, Luke Spencer Roberts, Chelsea Lopez

China Release Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Phoenix Forgotten is a “found footage” science-fiction horror film about an alleged UFO sighting. It tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town.

They disappeared that night, and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed.

Right. The truth. [eye roll

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