5 Best Chinese Fantasy Movies of 2018 – Including Asura and The Monkey King 3
This is a list about Chinese fantasy movies released in 2018. The movies are The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women, Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings, Asura, Legend of the Ancient Sword, and Viy 2: Journey to China.
16.02.2018-CN| The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women
The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women (2018) is a Chinese mandarin action adventure fantasy movie based on the classic novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en, following Tang Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng) adventure and his three proteges head into Xi Liang nation, a territory where only female live in the country, known as Women’s Country. It’s the third installment of the Monkey King franchise, after The Monkey King (2014) and The Monkey King 2 (2016).
At Xi Liang they meet the ruler of the country (Zhao Liying). On Sun Wukong (Aaron Kwok)’s suggestion, Tang Sanzang pretends to marry the ruler and lies that his three students will go to fetch the scriptures in place of him. Later, he pretends to see his students off and escapes with Sun Wukong’s help when the four of them are safely outside the city.
The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women (2018) is produced by Filmko Films Production Limited, Filmko Pictures, and distributed by Filmko Pictures (Hong Kong). Directed by Pou-Soi Cheang, with Maggie Wang as producer. Meanwhile, Wen Ning and Ch’eng-En Wu was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Aaron Kwok, Feng Shaofeng, Zhao Liying, Xiaoshenyang, and Him Law. The film premiere(d) in China on February 16, 2018.
27.07.2018-CN| Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (Detective Dee 3)
Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018) is a Chinese mandarin action adventure mystery fantasy thriller movie, centered around the story of Detective Dee while battles a surreal crime wave at the same time must defending himself against accusations of wrongdoing from his most formidable opponent, Empress Wu. It’s the third installment of the Detective Dee franchise, after Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010) dan Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013). And It’s among the most successful movie franchises in China.
Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018) is produced by Huayi Brothers, Gongfu Entertainment, directed by Hark Tsui, with Kuo-Fu Chen, Nansun Shi, and Hark Tsui as producers. Meanwhile, Chia-lu Chang was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Shaofeng Feng, Mark Chao, Sichun Ma, Ethan Juan, Kenny Lin, and Carina Lau. The film premiere(d) in China on July 27, 2018.
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Asura (2018) is a Chinese mandarin epic adventure fantasy film loosely based on Buddhist mythology, it’s set in the mythical realm of Asura — the dimension of pure desire which is threatened by a coup from a lower heavenly kingdom. It’s the first part of the trilogy as a story opener.
Asura (2018) is produced by Ningxia Film Group, Zhenjian Film Studio, and distributed by Ningxia Film Group (China) and Zhenjian Film Studio (China). Directed by Peng Zhang, with Zhenjian Yang as producer. Meanwhile, Zhenjian Yang, Adam Chanzit, Kirk Caouette, and Guan Shan was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Leo Wu Lei, Carina Lau, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Zhang Yi Shang, Matthew Knowles, Damien Walters, Caitlin Dechelle, Paul Philip Clark, Gigi Feshold, Ron Smoorenburg, Jeannine Derbez, and Joseph Castillo. The film premiere(d) in China on 2018.
*.*.2018-CN| Legend of the Ancient Sword
Legend of the Ancient Sword (2018) is a Chinese mandarin action fantasy movie based on the video game Gu Jian Qi Tan 2 developed by Shanghai Aurogon, tells while Yue Wuyi leaves home due to a fateful occurrence. He meets revered master Xie Yi, who imparts to him the magical arts of Yan, and thus begins his journey of cultivation.
Along the way he meets Wen Renyu, Xia Yize, Ah Ruan and company. They discover the schemes and conspiracies of Shen Ye, the grand priest of Liu Yue City. The group of adventurers undergoes dangers to defeat Shen Ye, and prevent a disaster from befalling the world.
Legend of the Ancient Sword (2018) is produced and distributed by Alibaba Pictures Group. Directed by Renny Harlin, with Ben Zhang as producer. Meanwhile, Tan Guangyuan was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Leehom Wang, Wu Jiacheng, Victoria Song, Godfrey Gao, Karena Ng, Julian Cheung, Archie Kao, Ada Liu, and Li Yan. The film premiere(d) in China on 2018.
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*.*.2018-CN| Viy 2: Journey to China
Viy 2: Journey to China (2018) is a Chinese English Russian adventure fantasy movie follows the continuing exploits of cartographer Jonathan Green as he undertakes a scientific and supernatural journey that leads him from England to China, set in the 18th century. It is the sequel to Viy, the 2014 cinema hit loosely based on the Nikolai Gogol story – Viy.
The journey started when Jonathan Green receives from Peter the Great an order to map the Russian Far East. Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China. The cartographer will unexpectedly face a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters and even the king of all dragons – the Dragon King. What could be more dangerous than meeting eye to eye with Viy, except doing it again? What would be stronger this time – a staunch skepticism of the scientist or the old black magic that has seized power of Eastern lands? (Russian Film Group, IMDb).
Viy 2: Journey to China (2018) is produced by CTB Film Company, China Film Group Corporation (CFGC), GFA Entertainment, Russian Film Group Corporation, Sparkle Roll Media, distributed by NBC Universal Russia (Russia) and Eagle Films (Non-US). Directed by Oleg Stepchenko, with Sergei Bespalov, Jackie Chan, Gleb Fetisov, Alexey Petrukhin, and Sergey Selyanov as producers. Meanwhile, Alexey Petrukhin and Oleg Stepchenko was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Jason Flemyng, Charles Dance, Rutger Hauer, Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin Klebba, Christopher Fairbank, and Igor Jijikine. The film premiere(d) in China on February, 2018.