A Guide to Chinese Movies

journey to china

Journey to China is a fable about how modern man can escape the grip of superstition. Early 1700: Cartographer Jonathan Green leaves to map the Russian Far East, now known as China. He is forced to China, where he faces the dragon master Li Kaixi and his lacrosse team. The powerful Russian Czar manages to escape to a Russian prison ship. There he plots the ultimate escape plan, involving six million skulls and a giant leap into the Yellow River.

But when the crew of the merchant ship meets the beautiful princess Wu Tie, they are mistaken for dragons. Wu and the others are taken captive and taken to the dragon witch village, ruled by the evil Madame Xiong. The princess is hoodwinked by the evil witch, who then wishes to poison the entire crew of the merchant ship, save one man – whom she intends to marry. With the help of the boy Choy Lee, the princess is able to subdue the evil witch. However, when Choy returns, the evil Madame Xiong intends to poison him as well.

series of tragic incidents

So Long and Unwearable, the story lines propel the cartographer and his crew to the heights of the snowy mountain peaks. The action is accompanied by a series of tragic incidents and perilous encounters. When the group finally makes it to the Huangshan Mountain, they are greeted by a spectacular view of the great plain, which is later occupied by the vast city of Beijing. The princess and the cartographer witness the final battle of the evil dragon witch and the boy called Choy Lee, who had earlier saved her from the dragon witch.

This film is the third in a series depicting the adventures of the Chinese princess, Ling Shang, and the famous Chinese cartographer, Wu Liang. The movie, Journey to China, was released on August 16, 2019. The movie was scheduled to start shooting the following day. Now, the film has been postponed indefinitely.

Second Sequel

The second sequel to Journey to China will be directed by Yu Kooke and the writer is Yu Shimai. The sequel to Viva Narta: The Ultimate Quest of Kong (also known as Viva Narta: The Return of Kong), is expected to be released in 2020. Yu Shinabaki, Toho’s director of martial arts movies, is in talks with Russian writer Maxim Yulin. The plot of this sequel is to follow the story of the hero, Kong, who is recruited by the Chinese army to go into battle with the pirates of Russia.

The next sequel to Viva Narta is tentatively titled as Viva Narta II. The sequel will be produced by DreamWorks Animation and it will star Forgetting Sarah Michelle and Yul Brynner. The plot of this sequel is to follow the story of a Chinese princess (missed in the first film) who comes back to reclaim her homeland. The main cast in this sequel includes Yu Shimai, Mila Kunis, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, Lucille O’Flynn, Youssef Al-Khalili, Alexander Skoglund, Li Bingbing, Yu Hong Kong, and more.

Rumor Of The Sequel

There is also a rumor that a third sequel to Journey to China will be produced and it is being written by Jason Flemyng and starring Yul Brynner, Alexander Skoglund, Mila Kunis, Yul Brynner, Yu Hong Kong, and others. The plot of this third sequel is to follow the story of a Chinese princess (Yunya) who comes back to reclaim her homeland after becoming a chef.

The main cast in this installment is again including Yu Shimai, Ken Jeong, Li Bingbing, Yul Brynner, Alexander Skoglund, Mila Kunis, and others. There are still no concrete plans for this third film, but we can hope that it will be released in the next few years.

Wrapping Up

All the movies in the Journey to China series are quite amazing, especially the Chinese one. The special effects are excellent, especially on the sword and shield sequences. If you like the first two installments of this franchise, then I would definitely suggest watching the next one, even if you do not know a word of the language.

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