Realm of Terracotta is a new Chinese animation film that has been praised by Chinese moviegoers. The film is inspired by one of the eight wonders of the world and World Heritage Site, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. The Chinese cultural heritage played a huge part in inspiring the creators. The movie was premiered in Chinese theaters on July 9 and has already taken over 58 million yuan at the box office. The film has thrilled many Chinese moviegoers due to the new and fresh domestic production.
It’s a clear sign that the animation wave has landed in the Chinese movie consumption and is expected to do well. The feature tells the story of Meng Yuan, who’s a young handyman that became a hero after experiencing hardships and trials. The film is set in a world where the famous statutes guarding the mausoleum of the First Qin emperor come to life and engage in an epic war with fantastical monsters and beasts.
The story follows the journey of one of the warriors who fall in love. The film emphasizes the marvelous Chinese culture such as mythology and Kung Fu. Chinese film companies are being encouraged to develop content that tells the Chinese story and portrays the country in a positive light. This is popular propaganda that’s fast-catching phrase. The new original Chinese animated feature involved a lot of dedication from hundreds of Chinese animators. It is produced by Ding Liang who’s the director behind the smash-hit animated movie series “Boonie Bears.”
It took five years to develop and saw around 1000 top animated talents from over 30 different companies in the Chinese animation industry. This is all thanks to the Chinese entertainment group Fantawild which is the leading producer, organizing the production and looking for support from various peers due to the large scale of the project. The 111-minute film has over 400 characters, 200 scenes, 3,270 shots, and 7.7 million hours of making. This romantic and epic production, in great colors, is an action-packed visual delicacy weaving together numerous cultural and traditional elements from China.
It uses beautiful Chinese music and touches on topics such as bravery, love, destiny, integrity, and ecological balance. The director had to learn a lot about terracotta army culture and replicated every detail of these cultural relics as best as possible. All the production work presented to the fans is worth everything. The team also has future ambitious plans. The story is expected to expand its universe because some sections from the movie plot have already given out hints of the fantasy worldview.
Fans should expect more underground cities and stories from the Han, Tang, and Song dynasties with their host terracotta legends and people. The film has been nominated for the best-animated feature at the Shanghai International Film Festival that was held in June. After its China debut, it will be exported to over 20 countries and regions worldwide.