Flag-waving Chinese blockbuster Wolf Warriors 2 smashes cinema records

11 August 2017

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Tale of special forces in African war zone has ridden a wave of patriotic fervour with its stunts, soldiers and western baddies

A flag-waving Chinese action film depicting the country’s soldiers saving war-ravaged Africans from western baddies has become China’s all-time top box-office earner, headlining a summer of patriotic cinematic fare.

The wildly popular Wolf Warriors 2 boasts the ominous tagline “whoever offends China will be hunted down no matter how far away they are”, and millions of Chinese cinemagoers have lapped it up since the movie’s release less than two weeks ago.

The blockbuster has raked in more than 3.4bn yuan (£383m) since debuting on 27 July, according to unofficial China box office trackers Maoyan and other industry tallies.

The film tells the story of a former operative with Chinese special forces and his foray into an unnamed African war zone to rescue compatriots and downtrodden local people from rebels and war-mongering western mercenaries.

The privately funded movie, which lasts just over two hours, is riding a wave of patriotic fervour drummed up by the ruling Communist party. It also comes soon after China opened a naval base in Djibouti, a big step in the country’s expanding military presence abroad. Read the full article in The Guardian here.