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Mandarin science fiction film The Wandering Earth is heading to Netflix, fresh from its cinema debut during Lunar New Year.
The Wandering Earth 21 Feb 19
The high budget film, which premiered in China, North America, Australia and New Zealand, earned RMB3.3 billion at the box office within 10 days.

Directed and written by Frant Gwo, The Wandering Earth is based on the novella of the same name by Liu Cixin, the first Asian novelist to win the Hugo Award for Science Fiction. It stars Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat and Zhao Jinmai with special appearance by Wu Jing.

The Wandering Earth tells the story of a not-to-distant future in which the sun is about to expand into a red giant and devour the Earth, prompting mankind to make an audacious attempt to save the planet. The heroes build 10,000 stellar engines in an effort to propel Planet Earth out of the solar system, in the hope of finding a new celestial home.

The film’s post-production and special effects work spanned two years, undergoing more than 3,000 conceptual designs, and featuring over 10,000 specifically-built props, while employing more than 2,000 special effects shots and computer graphics shots.

“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,” said Jerry Zhang, manager of content acquisition at Netflix.

Director Frant Gwo 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 movie created for the Chinese audience around 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 move follows Netflix’ global release, on 1 February, of the award-winning Mandarin language black comedy Dear Ex.