Ten Must-see Films in September

September 10, 2019
Editor: Song Linlin

Ten Must-see Films in September

Poster for the highly anticipated animated feature The Legend of Hei [Mtime]

Septembers often record a notable decrease in visits to the cinema, with moviegoers having had their fill of summer hits.

This September however could see cinemas across the Chinese mainland hold their pull, as filmmakers look to make a splash at the box office with productions coinciding with both Mid-Autumn Festival and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

The ten films below, ranging from animation and sci-fi, to romance, crime, and fantasy, are either highly anticipated or already achieving word-of-mouth buzz based on test screenings.

Check them out to see which is the one for you.

The Legend of Hei

Genre: animation, adventure

Release date: available in theaters now

Douban rating: 8.9

IMDb rating: 7.0

As a feature spinoff from the 27-episode Chinese hit web series, the film focuses on the titular role Luo Xiaohei, a spirit-turned-black kitten, who embarks on a journey to seek a sense of belonging after its homeland was destroyed.

Ten Must-see Films in September

Poster for the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo [Mtime]

Free Solo

Release date: available in theaters now

Genre: documentary, sport

Douban rating: 9.0

IMDb rating: 8.2

The 2019 Oscar-winning documentary profiles American rock climber Alex Honnold's efforts to perform a groundbreaking un-roped climb of El Captain's 900-meter vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park in California.

Ten Must-see Films in September

Poster for the Japanese film Killing for the Prosecution [Mtime]

Killing for the Prosecution

Release date: available in theaters now

Genre: crime, suspense

Douban rating: 7.0

IMDb rating: 6.4

Adapted from Shusuke Shizukui's eponymous bestseller, the drama tells of a showdown between two prosecutors played by superstars Takuya Kimura and Kazunari Ninomiya, as they try to find out the perpetrator of a murder in Tokyo.

Ten Must-see Films in September

Poster for the highly anticipated fantasy Jade Dynasty [Mtime]

Jade Dynasty

Release date: Sept 13

Genre: fantasy, action

The 2019 remake of Chinese novelist Xiao Ding's eponymous epic fantasy is currently the most anticipated film on Maoyao, a Chinese box office tracker. The film follows Zhang Xioafan, a good-natured village boy who is thrown into a world of chaos after his village is slaughtered and then becomes a disciple of the Qingyun Sect.

Ten Must-see Films in September

Poster for dark comedy The Last Wish Mtime]

The Last Wish

Release date: Sept 12

Genre: dark comedy

The dark comedy follows high school student Gao Yuan, played by Peng Yuchang, who after being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, is helped by his two friends to realize his last wish – to be a real man – before he dies.

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