World-renowned Chinese blogger/best-selling author/race car driver Han Han (韩寒) takes on the big screen with his editorial debut Hou Hui Wuqi (translated to “Until We Never Meet Again”, but given the English name “Duckweed”), a film about a cross-country road trip by a group of young friends.
Dubbed China’s literary bad boy by Time magazine for his wry political comments, Han Han has more than 38 million followers on Weibo, where the trailer of the upcoming movie became one of last week’s trending topics. The movie preview gathered more than 1.5 million views in only five hours from its launch on the social media platform on Thursday morning.
Hou Hui Wuqi movie trailer:
The movie is expected to hit the cinemas on July 24 and its cast includes Chinese actors Feng Shaofeng, Berlin Chen, Joe Chan and Wallace Chung, with a cameo by China’s star director Jia Zhangke.
Like all directors in China, Han Han must deal with China’s notoriously harsh censorship, but he remains optimistic.“I hope that censorship can loosen up in the next few years,” Mr. Han told The Wall Street Journal. “We have been restricted by it for a very long time and I expect this issue will get better.”
After all the social media hype and last year’s domestic titles success, the movie is expected to become just as famed as Mr. Han himself.
By Andreea Dragut