The Great Wall is a 2016 action monster film directed by Zhang Yimou and Yimou Zhang.

Official trailers

Legendary on Saturday, October 08, 2016 released the trailer:
The Great Wall - Official Trailer #2 - In Theaters This February.

Story intro

A band of European mercenaries, including William Garin and Pero Tovar, travel to China during the reign of the Renzong Emperor, in search of the secret to gunpowder. Resting in a cave a few miles north of the Great Wall, they are attacked by a monster, leaving only William and Tovar alive. They cut off the monster's arm and bring it with them. The next day, reaching the Wall, they are taken prisoner by soldiers of the Nameless Order, led by General Shao and Strategist Wang. The Nameless Order exists to combat a horde of alien monsters called Tao Tei, which attacks once every sixty years. The Tao Tei came to Earth when a meteorite fell from the heavens. While examining the severed monster arm, the Order's commanders are surprised by the first assault from the monster horde, one week early. Both sides sustain heavy losses before the monsters' queen aborts the attack. During the battle, William and Tovar are freed by Ballard, another European who ventured east, twenty-five years earlier, in search of gunpowder. Detained, he now serves as an English and Latin teacher. William and Tovar display amazing battle skills, saving the life of young warrior Peng Yong, then slaying two monsters that scale the Wall. This earns William and Tovar the Order's respect. The three Europeans secretly plan to steal gunpowder and flee during the next monster attack. That night, two Tao Tei reach the top of the Wall. General Shao is killed, placing Commander Lin in charge of the Nameless Order. Around this time, an envoy from the capital arrives with an ancient scroll which suggests that the monsters are pacified by magnets. Wang believes the stone William carries enabled him to slay the Tao Tei he fought at the cave. To test the hypothesis, William suggests they capture a Tao Tei alive and agrees to help. This delays his escape plans, angering Tovar, who nevertheless assists William despite Ballard's protests.


Matt Damon
Pedro Pascal
Willem Dafoe
Andy Lau
Strategist Wang
Eddie Peng
Commander Wu
Kenny Lin
Commander Chen
Karry Wang
Emperor (as Junkai Wang)
Cheney Chen
Imperial Officer
Tian Jing
Commander Lin Mae
Hanyu Zhang
General Shao
Han Lu
Peng Yong
Xuan Huang
Commander Deng
Ryan Zheng
Shen (as Zheng Kai)
Pilou Asbæk
Numan Acar
Johnny Cicco
Vicky Yu
Lieutenant Xiao Yu (as Xintian Yu)
Bing Liu
Lin Mae's 2nd Lieutenant Li Qing


Principal photography began on March 30, 2015, on location in Qingdao.

The film The Great Wall was scheduled to be released on December 6, 2016 (Beijing), on December 16, 2016 (China, People's Republic of China), on January 12, 2017 (Germany) and on February 17, 2017 (United States) by Universal Studios, Andes Films, B&H Film Distribution, China Film Group Corporation (CFGC), CinemArt, Columbia Pictures, Finnkino, Toho-Towa, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI), SBS9 and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE).

The duration of the film is 103 minutes. With a budget of $150 million, the film grossed over $334.9 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


The Great Wall got average rating from critics. The audience dislikes the film either. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website:

IMDB: The Great Wall

Wikipedia: The Great Wall (film)

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