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
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival
  • WINNER - Best Editing - 2017 London Independent Film Awards
  • WINNER - Best Picture - 2018 New York Film Awards
  • WINNER - Best Fantasy Film - 2018 New York Film Awards
  • WINNER - Best Actress - 2018 New York Film Awards
  • WINNER - Best Score - 2018 New York Film Awards
  • WINNER - Best Visual Effects - 2018 New York Film Awards
  • WINNER - Best Fantasy Film - 2018 Los Angeles Film Awards
  • WINNER - Best Director - 2018 Los Angeles Film Awards
  • WINNER - Best Cinematography - 2018 Los Angeles Film Awards
  • WINNER - Best Editing - 2018 Los Angeles Film Awards
  • WINNER - Best Director Diamond Award - 2018 NYC Indie Film Awards
  • WINNER - Best Actor Diamond Award - 2018 NYC Indie Film Awards
  • WINNER - Best VFX Diamond Award - 2018 NYC Indie Film Awards
  • WINNER - Best Feature Film Gold Award - 2018 NYC Indie Film Awards

POSTER

Theatrical Poster

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Teaser Poster

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REVIEWS & QUOTES

Anderson Le, Programming Director, Hawaii International Film Festival:
"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."
Jarek Marszewski, Lead Judge, Los Angeles Film Awards:
"What if all your wishes suddenly became real? Would you still be able to control your life? Wished faces these questions in an outstanding mix of a post-modern fairy tale and a romantic comedy. Filled with dynamic action, visual effects, good acting and lots of humor, this story really demanded an exquisite and skillful director capable of combining so many genres and styles -- from a super hero comic-like action to a subtle, moving love story -- and turn all these elements into an integrated, coherent screen reality. Dayyan Eng did a spectacular job!"
New York Film Awards:
"Wow! What an amazingly beautiful film. Wished takes us on a journey of an insurance salesman who tries to get his life back on track -- and it is HILARIOUS! The director, Dayyan Eng mixes comedy, action and fantasy at the most accurate dose, and gives the audience 110 minutes of madness. A stunning film in every sense of the word."