Wang Yibo’s “Born to Fly” Leads Golden Week Lineup
China’s May 1st “Golden Week” and October 1st National Day celebrations are key dates where films compete for a piece of the holiday box office pie. Following an unusual lull on the film lineup for this year, four titles were finally announced on September 22, with Born to Fly <長空之王>, touted as the Chinese version of Top Gun expected to outperform the rest.
Confirmed Film Lineup
Films that are confirmed for a September 30th box office release include Li Bingbing (李冰冰) and William Feng Shaofeng‘s (馮紹峰) Ordinary Hero <平凡英雄>, inspired by the real-life story of a boy with severed arms from Xinjiang who was saved by the efforts of many; Wang Yibo (王一博) and Hu Jun‘s (胡軍) Born to Fly; Zhang Yi (張譯) and Wang Junkai’s (王俊凱) Home Coming <萬里歸途> which centers on a foreign diplomat incident, and Liu Ye (劉燁) and Cecilia Han Xue‘s (韓雪) Steel Will <鋼鐵意志>, a tribute by Liaoning province to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Chinese Communist Party’s founding.
Out of the four films, Born to Fly, which drew heavily from hit Hollywood hit film Top Gun and also guest-stars Zhou Dongyu (周冬雨), is expected to perform at the box office, given its good balance of commercial appeal and a turbo-charged narrative.
Wang Yibo stars as Lei Yu, an outstanding pilot who has been picked from rigorous selections to lead China’s new generation of test flight personnel in testing out the most cutting-edge fighter jets. He is joined by Team leader Zhang Ting (played by actor Hu Jun) who must overcome various obstacles to complete arduous flight missions.
To enhance authenticity on set, Wang Yibo, Yu Shi (於適) and other young cast actors interacted with real-life test pilots to gain a better understanding of their experiences and had to undergo physical training prior to the start of filming, putting them in top form onscreen. A particular 360-degree free oscillation test flight scene, for which the crew had to capture multiple angles, also saw lead performers Wang Yibo and Yu Shi taking over ten physically demanding takes, followed by a short rest before they could continue.
Latest news, this film has just been announced to withdraw from the Golden week line-up, 3 days before its premiere.
Oh Wow!! I really hope it is not due to another scandal… Many Chinese are extremely angry with the way China is handling the Pandemic… And the Gov is throwing lots of celebs gossips out to divert attention away from them. Thus we are getting so many “juicy” scandals…
Not too sure whether it is due to a scandal, no official reason given. Some people are saying that the plot is so bad that the authorities felt it will be a disgrace to the Chinese military if shown to foreigners? Haha but I doubt that is the reason since it would have been vetted by the authorities before being granted the screening permit.
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