Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall Trailer Starring Matt Damon

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After years of building up a reputation for beautiful martial arts epics like Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower, Chinese director Zhang Yimou has been slowly working towards his first major Hollywood film. A few years ago he was attached to direct the Robert Ludlum adaptation The Parsifal Mosaic, but it has since fallen into development hell. So instead, next year he will deliver a $135 million international blockbuster called The Great Wall that is a co-production of Legendary Pictures, China Film Group and LeVision. The movie stars Matt Damon and Andy Lau in an alternate history where China built The Great Wall to keep out not only human invaders, but also giant monsters. The first trailer has arrived online and (not surprisingly) it features massive armies, colourful period costumes and conspicuous CG effects. I’m sure it will be huge overseas, but can this movie crack the U.S. market as well? The Great Wall hits theatres in the U.S. on Feb. 17th, 2017; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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  • LordAwesome

    I smell a Reed show.

    And a Zhang Yimou premium???

  • Reed Farrington

    The premise of this is amazhing[sic]! Wish it was Tom Cruise instead of Matt Damon though.

  • Sam

    Do they have Raise the Red Lantern, To Live, The Road Home, etc… in the bargain bin? Reed would need to be able to do some watching.

  • ReelJunkie

    Matt Damon looks so out of place here haha

  • LordAwesome

    I’m pretty sure Reed has already seen all those. He’s certainly seen THE ROAD HOME which was included on his most excellent Top 58 list.

  • LordAwesome

    I’m pretty sure Reed has already seen all those. He’s certainly seen THE ROAD HOME which was included on his most excellent Top 58 list.

  • Adam

    ..

  • Niklas

    Are they gonna be flying around on wires in this one?

  • Henrik

    I support this premium whole-heartedly, but I think the bonus would have to be Zhang Yimous Beijing Olympics show, which as far as I remember was on par with his best film work.

  • Reed Farrington

    I got most of his earlier films from “bargain bins” in Chinese malls. Actually, I have a hole in my collection because I don’t have Raise the Red Lantern although I did see the movie years ago on a specialty cable channel.

    Currently, there’s a “video” store that sells its rental copies for cheap after a few years, and I seem to be one of the only peeps who buys the foreign movies.

  • Matt the Kiwi

    I’ll wait for the Trump sequel: The really great, amazing wall.

  • 9No

    “I was Bourne into battle”