Can Chinese Blockbuster ‘The Wandering Earth’ Take Climate Fiction Mainstream

Frant Gwo, The Wandering Earth, 2019, film still. Courtesy: Netflix

The highest-grossing film of 2019 pits a Chinese-led international coalition against the forces of cosmic destruction.

The highest-grossing film of the year so far (it has taken more than USD$600 million at the box office since its release on 5 February), The Wandering Earth is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi epic based on a novella published in 2000 by the celebrated Chinese sci-fi writer Liu Cixin. Produced by the state-owned China Film Group Corp. and directed by Frant Gwo, with Liu serving as executive producer, The Wandering Earth riffs on some of the author’s signature themes – cosmic disorder and existential anxiety, wrought by celestial bodies thrown off-kilter.

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  • Author Gary Zhexi Zhang
    Publisher Frieze
    Year 2019

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