7 Movies Hitting Chinese Theaters in March 2019

By Sarah Forman and Ruth Ilott, March 2, 2019

0 0

Here are all the major international movies to catch in Chinese theaters this March.*


Now playing: Green Book

green.jpg
Image via Universal Studios/IMDB

An Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) loses his job and finds work as the driver and hired strong-arm for African-American pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), as he embarks on his tour of the Deep South. With Green Book in hand, a ’60s guide used by African-American motorists, the two learn to manage their own expectations of each other and of the world around them as they attempt to navigate the racially charged climate of the 1960s. As they travel from state to state, the duo realize they have more to learn from each other than they initially thought in a timely Best Picture-winning narrative from another decade that perhaps isn’t as distant as we’d like to think it is.

Now playing: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

hiccup.jpg
Image via DreamWorks Animation/IMDB

In the final installment of the How To Train Your Dragon trilogy, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), the chief and ruler of Berk, has created a vibrant, dragon-friendly community alongside his dear friend Astrid (America Ferrera). But the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury dragon coincides with that of the notorious and ruthless hunter Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), and Hiccup must hatch a plan to fly Berk’s dragons across the sea to safety. The protagonists end up on an epic journey to a hidden world that was thought to be a myth, revealing the true destinies of Hiccup and his winged counterpart, as dragon and rider fight together to protect everything they have grown to love and treasure.

March 7: Natsume’s Book of Friends: Tied to the Temporal World

natsume.jpg
Image via Aniplus/IMDB

Based on the popular manga and anime TV series Natsume’s Book of Friends, this charming film is a continuation of Takashi Natsume’s mission to return the names of countless youkai, or spirits, from the magical notebook they were enslaved in by his late grandmother Reiko. With the help of Nyanko-sensei, a spirit taking the form of a lucky cat, Tied to the Temporal World sees Takashi and Nyanko-sensei face another youkai, who travels though shadows and walls. After a magical accident occurs that causes Nyanko-sensei to turn into three smaller versions of himself, Takeshi and his friends (both human and youkai) must venture on a journey to find a cure.

March 22: Bohemian Rhapsody

A biographical film about Freddie Mercury starring an Oscar-winning performance by Rami Malek, this movie about the legendary lead singer of the British rock band Queen follows his life from when he joins the band in 1970 to their memorable 1985 Live Aid performance at the former Wembley Stadium. Alongside Queen’s rise to fame and their increasing success, Freddie’s personal relationships and private life are explored in depth in this emotional biopic of the iconic singer. 

March 22: Prooi (Prey)

prooi.jpg
Image via Shooting Star Film Company/IMDB

In this grisly Dutch thriller, Lizzy (Abbey Hoes), a zoo veterinarian discovers the murder of a nearby peasant family just outside Amsterdam. As police attempt to figure out who the perpetrator is, Lizzy develops her own understanding of the crime, utilizing her knowledge and training to conclude that only a lion could be responsible. In the wake of a second massacre, she soon gets caught up in a bone-chilling adventure as she finds herself leading a city-wide hunt with an English lion tamer, Jack (Mark Frost), for the monstrous beast that is terrorizing the city of Amsterdam.

March 22: Campeones (Champions)

campeones.jpgImage via Peliculas Pendleton/IMDB

In this warm-hearted Spanish comedy-drama, the arrogant, former second-trainer of a professional Spanish national league basketball team Marco (Javier Gutiérrez) is sentenced to 90 days of community service after initiating a car accident whilst drunk. He is reluctantly assigned to work as a trainer for a basketball team called ‘Los Amigos’ (The Friends), formed by disabled players. Despite the frustrations of Marco’s failing marriage with his wife Sonia (Athenea Mata) and the difficulties of training a team that has been accepted to play in the Paralympic national league’s competition, the optimistic nature of the players makes Marco question his relationships with the people closest to him and himself as a person.

March 29: Dumbo

Tim Burton brings the 1941 animated film of the same name to life in a wondrous live-action movie with a Burton-esque touch. Struggling circus ringmaster and owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) hires the one-armed war veteran and former circus star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) to care for the young, misfit elephant Dumbo with enormous ears. When Holt’s children discover that Dumbo can use his ears to fly, the charismatic entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Micheal Keaton) recruits Dumbo to star at his newest and grandest venture, Dreamland. Dumbo’s fame soars to new heights along with the spellbinding French trapeze artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green). Success however will come at a price as Dumbo and his friends will soon discover the dark secrets beneath the shiny veneer of Dreamland.

* Release dates subject to change.

[Cover image via Universal Studios/IMDB]


See more Recent Movie Releases in China

more news

Registration Now Open for China's Best Summer Camp in Sanya & Anji

A fun and educational summer camp for your kids!

5 Fast Facts About China’s Pop Darling Lai Meiyun

Meet Lai Meiyun, a member of the music group 101 Rocket Girls who is known by many for her cute appeal.

Luxixi is Flooding China’s Dancefloors with Femme Energy

We chat with the producer and DJ about her promotional company THUVDR, expanding the scene in China and her upcoming tour.

China's Latest Viral Food Documentary is All About Breakfast

The new Tencent Video production satisfies our rapid bite-sized content consumption cravings and increased obsession with food.

'Avengers' Rakes in Over ¥523 Million in First 24hrs in China

The finale’s estimated box office revenue is expected to reach over RMB3.5 billion in the Chinese mainland.

KFK Podcast: The Shutdown of Amazon China and Fields Grocery Delivery

Check out this week's Kung Fu Komedy podcast!

WATCH: Trapped Teaching ESL in China

The latest video from Shanghai comedy group Mamahuhu.

7 Indie Labels Keeping Vinyl Alive in China

These seven labels are vital in ensuring that vinyl releases stay relevant around the country.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at Thats_Shanghai for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Shanghai With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Shanghai!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.