The Great Wall

March 7th, 2017


The Great Wall

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 6.4/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Yimou Zhang

Stars: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe

When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.

Writers: Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe, Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Pedro Pascal, Hanyu Zhang, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Eddie Peng, Xuan Huang, Ryan Zheng, Karry Wang, Cheney Chen, Pilou Asbæk, Numan Acar, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Matt Damon - William
Tian Jing - Commander Lin Mae
Willem Dafoe - Ballard
Andy Lau - Strategist Wang
Pedro Pascal - Tovar
Hanyu Zhang - General Shao
Lu Han - Peng Yong
Kenny Lin - Commander Chen
Eddie Peng - Commander Wu
Xuan Huang - Commander Deng
Ryan Zheng - Shen (as Zheng Kai)
Karry Wang - Emperor (as Junkai Wang)
Cheney Chen - Imperial Officer
Pilou Asbæk - Bouchard
Numan Acar - Najid

Taglines: 1700 years to build. 5500 miles long. What were they trying to keep out?


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Country: China, USA

Language: English, Mandarin, Ukrainian

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Qingdao, China

Box Office Details

Budget: $150,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


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User Review


Rating: 8/10

As a constant film goer I was really impressed with this film. It was entertaining. The story worked well. The acting was great. And the effects were really impressive. I watched it on a big screen in Bangkok and enjoyed the experience. The sound was equally impressive.

I just can't understand why the really negative reviews abound. Some are cursing it for having foreign actors. Others about the political situation etc. And the poor director is even getting a caning.

The story is about a legend. And it was wonderful to just sit back and let someone tell a story. I nearly didn't go because of all the bad reviews but I am glad I went and made up my own mind.

Go and see it.


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