Here are all the major international movies to catch in Chinese theaters this August*. Click here to see more available movie tickets.
By Erica Martin and Phumelele Simelane
Now Playing: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
Mamma Mia is back again! Roles have been reprised and the motion picture is filmed in a series of flashforwards and flashbacks to show how past relationships have changed over time. Highly acclaimed by critics, the sequel to the 2008 hit film is said to take audiences on an emotional rollercoaster.
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Now Playing: Taxi 5
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Taxi 5 is the latest film in the Taxi series, a French franchise that serves as the country’s answer to The Fast & the Furious. Though the plots differ, the chase scenes and close-up shots of car fenders are pretty much the same, and this newest installment even has a muscular bald protagonist (Franck Gastambide). Directed by Gastambide and produced by Luc Besson (Taken, District 13, Valerian and City of a Thousand Planets), Taxi 5 takes place 10 years after the events of its predecessor, in which a police inspector teams up with the nephew and the niece of the original film’s hero Daniel to foil a robbery planned by Italian mobsters.
August 8: The Meg
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This action horror film revives the ancient shark-giant Megalodon, which went extinct 2.6 millions years ago, and sets it upon a team of unsuspecting marine researchers. A Chinese-American co-production directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and starring Li Bingbing, Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson and Ruby Rose, The Meg takes place in a futuristic underwater research center 200 miles off the Chinese coast. Sanya’s iconic Guanyin of Nanshan statue features prominently in the trailer, as ‘the Meg’ heads toward the coast and the research team must stop it before it gets there.
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August 17: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
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Sony Pictures Animation’s presents child-friendly Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, featuring Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and company embarking on a cruise ship vacation catered for sea monsters. As they all immerse themselves into multiple exciting activities, Dracula falls for the ship captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). This does not sit well with Mavis (Selena Gomez), and the story unravels even more when it is made known that Ericka is a descendant of one of Dracula’s enemies.
August 17: Unbreakable Spirit
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Unbreakable Spirit (alternate titles: Air Strike, The Bombing) tells a narrative set in World War II of five different Chinese people battling through Japanese Air Force attacks, with the intent to protect a significant military machine based in Chongqing. Produced in China, this high-budget war drama features a star-studded cast of local and international celebs, including Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Fan Bingbing, Liu Ye and Nicholas Tse. Mel Gibson also served as creative supervising producer for the USD65 million budget film.
August 24: Ant-Man and the Wasp
Marvel Cinematic Universe presents the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War with Ant-Man and the Wasp, starring Paul Rudd (as Scott Lang) and Evangeline Lilly (as Hope van Dyne). Scott is challenged with the responsibilities of being a Super-hero and a father he diligently endeavors to reassemble both. He is approached in insistence by Hope to complete another mission. Scott unleashes Ant-man to fight beside the Wasp and as a team they work together to unmask past secrets. It is a plot filled with multiple action sequences and is sure to be a big-screen delight.
August 31: Mission Impossible 6: Fallout
In the latest chapter of this blockbuster series, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team are supported by other associates to race against time after a failed mission. With an impeccable rating of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, top critics have claimed that this motion picture is not only “fast, sleek and fun” but also “lives up to the impossible part of its name.”
* Release dates subject to change.
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