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New Gods: Yang Jian (2022)

Opens on January 20

Director: Zhao Ji Run Time: 127 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Starring: Ji Guanlin, Kai Wang, Li Lanling, Li Lihong, Zhao Yi

Country: China
Language: Mandarin

About the film:

Thirteen years after Yang Jian (known to some as Erlang Shen) imprisoned his sister beneath a mountain, the once powerful god now scrapes by as a penniless bounty hunter. When a mysterious woman hires him for a new job, Yang Jian soon finds himself chasing down a familiar figure. He must stop Chenxiang, his long-lost nephew, who is in search of the magical lotus lantern that will free his mother, even if it will bring catastrophe. As Yang Jian confronts the actions of his past, he must face a host of dangerous vigilantes seeking the same treasure with the power to alter the balance of their worlds.

About the filmmaker:

Ji Zhao is a Chinese filmmaker best known for his directing work with CG studio Light Chaser Animation on White Snake (2019), followed by New Gods: Nezha Reborn (2021) and New Gods: Yang Jian (2022) in the “New Gods” series of animated action-fantasy epics inspired by Chinese mythological figures. Before directing feature films, Zhao studied at the Communication University of China and UCLA, and honed his skills in the editing department on a number of films home and abroad, such as Harald Zwart’s The Karate Kid (2011), Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster (2013), and Wayne Wang’s Swordsmen and Snow Flower and The Secret Fan (2011).

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