The world’s leading streaming service, Netflix, has just announced a new title to its catalogues. The Wandering Earth, a Mandarin sci-fi film.

Based on the novella of the same name by Liu Cixin, the first Asian novelist to have been awarded the coveted Hugo Award for Science Fiction, the film is directed and written by Frant Gwo and features a stellar cast of Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat and Zhao Jinmai with special appearance by Wu Jing.

The film grossed an exceptional RMB 3.3 billion (RM2 billion) in 10 days when it first debuted during Lunar New Year in China, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

It is a spectacular movie with a massive production scale unseen in Mandarin movies. Post-production and SFX took two years to perfect after going through more than 3,000 conceptual design and featuring over 10,000 purpose-built props while employing an impressive 2,000 special effects shots and a substantial amount of computer graphics shots.

The Manager of Content Acquisition at Netflix, Jerry Zhang assured the quality of the movie. He said:

“Netflix is committed to providing entertainment lovers with access to a wide variety of global content. With its high-quality production and story-telling, we believe that  The Wandering Earth will be loved by Sci-Fi fans around the world.”

Frant Gwo, the director and writer of the film, said:

“Audiences from over 190 countries will soon meet The Wandering Earth on Netflix. I am glad that our movie can reach to people from different parts of the world. This is a Chinese movie created for the world, and it has been positively received since its premiere, we are very excited about it.

To my surprise, this movie also resonate outside Mainland China. Netflix will translate it into 28 languages, enabling more viewers to enjoy it regardless of geographical and linguistic differences. I hope they will like it.”

The Wandering Earth tells a tale of a distant future in which our beloved ball of life-giving fire, the Sun, is about to expand into a red giant and engulf the Earth, prompting mankind to make an attempt to save the planet.

The multi-generational heroes build stellar engines in an effort to propel Planet Earth out the solar system, in hopes of finding a new celestial home. During the 2,500 year-long journey, a group of daring heroes emerge to defend human civilization from unexpected dangers and new enemies and to ensure the survival of humanity in this age of the wandering Earth.

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