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'Ghost in the Shell' Opens Today; 'Power Rangers', 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Confirm May Release Dates

Apr 6, 2017 | 16:46 Thu
Cinema goers, we've got some good news here. Two of the biggest, most anticipated sci-fi / action movies of the year have secured China release dates: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 and Power Rangers on May 12. Guy Ritchie's King Arthur is coming too, opening on that exact date, if you'd fancy a little fantasy mixed in with your Power Rangers hard sci-fi.


Yes, May certainly looks promising. But April isn't so bad either. Here are three other English-language films hitting Shanghai cinemas this month:

Ghost in the Shell - April 7

Even if you're not remotely interested in Japanese anime, you've probably heard of Ghost in the Shell. Or at least seen a few Hollywood films heavily influenced by it. That's how iconic it is. Directed by Rupert Sanders, and featuring Scarlett Johansson (controversy!) as the cyber-enhanced soldier called Major, the movie opens here about a week after its US release, uncensored. Ticket prices start from 25rmb on Gewara. Reviews so far have been solidly "meh", but it could be much worse. One thing we can say for sure -- it's going to look stunning on a good, big, IMAX screen.

The Fate of the Furious - April 14

This is the eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise so you know what to expect: car chases, explosions, action scenes... lots of sweaty guys and girls. And then more car chases. Evidently, as seen from the poster, Vin Diesel "turns bad" in this one and had some steamy make-out scenes with the main villain Charlize Theron -- not spoilers if the marketing team has put them everywhere on the internet. The movie opens in China on the same date as its US release, and pre-sale ticketing has already launched.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - April 21

After two animated films in the series, Sony picked up the series again as a reboot. Yes this is the Smurfs reboot you've been clamoring for. This time, picking up on the prevailing winds of society, Smurfs: The Lost Village, is going with a "girl power" theme. Voice cast consists of Demi Lovato, Joe Manganiello, and Michelle Rodriguez. Young Smurfs fans will probably like it, but not sure about the adults. The early reviews are not kind.


Don't forget, you'll still be able to catch Kong: Skull Island and Beauty and the Beast in the cinemas. Canadian animation film Snowtime! opens this month as well. This is the first Canadian animation that China has ever imported. What a breakthrough. Could be another option for family-friendly films.


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