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China picks ‘Wolf Warriors 2’ for Oscar bid

Wu Jing in a scene from blockbuster ‘Wolf Warrior 2’. — CinemaOnline pic
Wu Jing in a scene from blockbuster ‘Wolf Warrior 2’. — CinemaOnline pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 — Instead of going the art film route, China has decided to send the box office hit Wolf Warriorw 2 as its entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at next year’s Academy Awards.

As reported on CRI, the movie, which made RMB5.7 billion (RM3.65 billion) at the box office, is the highest-grossing film of all time in China, surpassing even the previous record held by Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid.

However, the decision has since been slammed by many, with film critics saying that no movie with such commercial success would ever win a category that basically awards artsy dramatic films.

They also debated the fact that all the other entries, including Hong Kong’s Mad World and Taiwan’s Small Talk, have won numerous international awards, while the Wu Jing-starrer has yet to win one.

The 90th Academy Awards will be held on March 4, 2018. — CinemaOnline

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