"A prequel to the 2019 film Wandering Earth
, the Chinese blockbuster hit
Wandering Earth II
opens on a futuristic dystopia where the dying Sun is
about to explode and engulf Earth.
A survival strategy is proposed: the Wandering Earth Project will build giant
engines and use them to propel Earth away from the Sun.
Amid a global crisis, China rises to save the world. Western countries descend
into chaos. Using state-of-the-art made-in-China technologies, China carries
out the Wandering Earth Project – disregarding the cost of lives lost.
Now released globally, Wandering Earth II
has earned more than half a billion
dollars in China since it opened on January 22. It has also achieved critical
success in its home country, with domestic media saying it exemplifies a
“Chinese-style space romance”.
Adapted from a short science fiction story by celebrated Chinese author Liu
Cixin, at first sight the plot will seem very familiar to fans of Hollywood.
But this film speaks to China’s growing ambition of leading global governance,
and its embrace of collectivism and consequentialism."
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