WISHED / Fan Zhuan Ren Sheng

Directed by: Dayyan Eng
Written by: Justin Malen & Dayyan Eng
Starring: Xia Yu, Yan Ni, Pan Binlong, and Victoria Song

SUMMARY:

Ma Fendou is a lackluster insurance salesman whose life is going nowhere. His best friend Li Fei, a wise cracking delivery man, urges him to just go with the flow. Not wanting to hold her back while he tries to get his life on track, Fendou breaks up with his long time girlfriend Shanshan -- but without her, he spirals into a funk. Then Shangguan Furong, an offbeat lady claiming to be a local Earth Goddess with magical powers, shows up at Fendou's office. She offers to turn his life around by granting him 19 of his old wishes. Fendou laughs Furong off -- until even his old childhood wishes start coming true. To complicate matters, Shanshan is back in town to get married -- but not to him.

• Wished had the highest audience scores (averaging 8.0/10) across the top 4 ticketing platforms for local Chinese comedies released that summer.
• As an indie-film on limited screens, Wished debuted in third place at the Chinese box office -- behind Transformers 5 and a Chinese sci-fi action film. It went on to beat market expectations and gross R$70 million at the box office.
• According to Entgroup Data, Wished was the most watched feature film online across all movie sites in China during it's first week of online release.
• Had a total of 100,000,000+ paid viewings across three of the top movie sites in China after just over two weeks (Entgroup Data).

AWARDS

  • WINNER - Golden Angel Award - 2017 Chinese American Film Festival
  • WINNER - Best Editing - 2017 London Independent Film Awards
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival

POSTER

Theatrical Poster

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Teaser Poster

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REVIEWS & QUOTES

Anderson Le, Programming Director, HIFF:
"Chinese American director Dayyan Eng, who made an explosive debut with his short BUS 44 and Chinese feature film WAITING ALONE over a decade ago, delivers a fun romp and spin on the genie genre, where the schlub learns moral lessons that take him back on the right track. With several cameos by big Chinese stars, WISHED is an energetic, superfluous film with heart, and a welcome addition to contemporary Chinese cinema."

Reviews are almost all in Chinese, please switch language to Chinese to see them. More English reviews and quotes to be added once Wished is released outside China.