Release Date: 03.12.2013
Cast: Bo Huang
Director: Ning Hao
The film tells of the adventures of a lawyer who drives to the deserts of China’s far west and on his way back encounters a multitude of characters, from strippers to smugglers to murderers.
“The film’s story is like ‘Journey to the West,’” Mr. Ning said, referring to the classic Chinese novel about a pilgrimage made by a Buddhist monk along with his disciples. The group, like the lead character in the film, encounter many evil characters along the route.
Mr. Ning said he and his team majorly revised the film twice, though local media reported that it was pulled from theaters’ schedules six times after wrapping up production four years ago. He said his busy schedule contributed to delays in the revisions, thus postponing the release date. He also said he softened the tone of the film’s ending to make it “return to the mainstream society.”