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Mei ren yu (2016)

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Shan, a mermaid, is sent to assassinate Xuan, a developer who threatens the ecosystem of her race, but ends up falling in love with him instead.

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Stephen Chow (as Xingchi Zhou)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chao Deng ... Liu Xuan
Show Lo ... Octopus (as Zhixiang Luo)
Yuqi Zhang ... Li Ruolan
Yun Lin ... Shan (as Jelly Lin)
Hark Tsui ... Uncle Rich (as Ke Xu)
Zhang Wen ... Constable Mr. Mo
Kris Wu ... Long Jianfei (as Yifan Wu)
Sheung-ching Lee ... Constable Mr. Shi (as Shangzheng Li)
Zhengyu Lu ... Mr. Liao
Chi Ling Chiu ... Mermaid Long
Mei'e Zhang Mei'e Zhang ... Mermaid
Linah Matsuoka Linah Matsuoka ... George's Assistant (as Rina Matsuoka)
Barbie Liu Barbie Liu ... Mermaid
Zhen Zhen Xu Zhen Zhen Xu ... George's Assistant
Bai-Ke ... Museum Visitor (as White-k)
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Storyline

Xuan's estate project involving reclamation of the sea threatens the livelihood of the mermaids who rely on the sea to survive. Shan is dispatched to stop Xuan and this leads them into falling for each other. Out of his love for Shan, Xuan plans to stop the reclamation. Unfortunately, Shan and the other mermaids are hunted by a hidden organisation and Xuan has to save Shan before it's too late... Written by Hasri Hassan

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Half fish. Half human. 100% assassin.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

8 February 2016 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Mei ren yu See more »

Filming Locations:

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,720,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$985,052, 21 February 2016

Gross USA:

$3,232,685

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$553,810,228
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Technical Specs

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was only released in 100 U.S. theaters and its total U.S. box office take was around $3 million. No other film in history has ever earned as much as this one did internationally (over $550 million) with such little return from American receipts. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Rich: [speaking to Liu Xuan] Your self-immolation will illuminate us!
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Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Invincible
Composed & Lyrics by Stephen Chow
Performed by Chao Deng
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Message with Entertainment
23 July 2016 | by bandinagarakeshSee all my reviews

Director Stephen Chow needs no introduction. He has captured our imagination with his style of comedy and action movies like Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer. Coming to this movie, the director tries to show us how we humans have fraught ourselves with the dogma that we own all the things created by the GOD. We have wrung the life out of everything only to hoard ourselves with riches and wealth and have obstinately vilified the rights of other beings to live on Earth.

The titular character Mermaid seeks revenge to save her species from the cusps of extinction. She goes out on a mission to establish this by killing the owner of a reality tycoon who himself is lost in wretches of wealth and seeks to convert an island into a theme park.

The movie is defined by the line " what is the use of all the wealth when there is not a drop to drink and fresh air to breathe". It shows how the tycoon changes his heart and saves the lives of Mermaids. Our heart goes out for the Mermaids when they are mercilessly hunted down and we then come to realize that is what we do in our daily lives- kill other species for our greed and meaningless satisfaction. But at the end of the day all we need is a soul which will love us with all our pitfalls and share with us this ugly world.

A must watch for all those who love a cocktail of love, action, fantasy and morals.


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