After a solid performance at home, China’s latest nationalist blockbuster, Go homeheading to the world.
The film topped the box office during China’s National Day holiday last weekend with $60 million opening. Since then, it has grown to $117 million, with local ticketing service Maoyan projecting a total of around $240 million.
Building on its domestic success, Beijing-based distributor CMC Pictures has set the film for a limited release in North America on October 21, followed by the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on October 21. October 27 and Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Pakistan, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg on October 28.
Go home directed by newcomer Rao Xiaozhi but produced by Frank Guo, the filmmaker behind the record-breaking Chinese sci-fi film Wandering Earth ($700 million in 2019). The film achieved strong social scores in China, receiving a rating of 9.6 from Maoyan and 7.6 from review website Douban.
Go home tells the story of two veteran Chinese diplomats (played by Zhang Yi and Wang Junkai) who are sent to a war-torn African country to assist in the evacuation of Chinese citizens. After completing the initial mission, they learned that more than 100 other Chinese citizens had been mistakenly left behind. Then, two unarmed diplomats decide to brave the war zone to bring 125 of their countrymen through gunfights and defections back home.
The film is written by Haiyan Qin, Ce Shi, Zhilong Lei and Jingwei Bu. Main and supporting actors include Tao Yin, Taishen Cheng, Zixian Zhang and Haoyu Chen.
The main producer of the film is Huace Pictures. Co-presenting Yi Yi Yi Culture Media, Zhe Jiang HengDian Film, G! FILM Studio and Beijing Free Whale Pictures.