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Top 8 Dark Horses at Box Office in 2018

Looking back the year of 2018, the film market has skyrocketed compared to previous years. And a wide range of Dark horses at Box Offfice emerged. These films do not have a strong star lineup and high cost production, but their box office record is admirable. “Dark Horse” not just means good luck, but also help us look at life from another perspective and embellish our plain life with unexpected beauty. Today, I will take you to these dark horses appeared in 2018.


  1. Operation Red Sea

“Operation Red Sea” is an action film directed by Dante Lam, starring Zhang Yi, Huang Jingyu, Hai Qing, Du Jiang and Jiang Yuxia. The film tells the story that the Chinese Navy ” Jiaolong Assault Team ” was ordered to perform the evacuation mission. This team was divided into two rescues, but unfortunately ambushed and suffered casualties. In the end, however, the Chinese Navy defeat the rebel forces and successfully fulfil the task.



  1. Dying to Survive

“Dying to Survive” was directed by Wen Muye, starring Xu Wei, Zhou Wei, Wang Chuanjun, Tan Zhuo, Zhang Yu, Yang Xinming. The film tells the story of Cheng Yong, from an aphrodisiac peddle who can’t afford the rent to the exclusive agent of the generic version of Indian drug “Geliening”.



  1. The Island

“The Island” is a fantasy comedy film directed by Huang Bo, starring Huang Bo, Wang Baoqiang, Shu Qi, Lay Zhang, Yu Hewei and Wang Xun. The film tells the story of the company’s employees shipwrecked when travelling on a desert island. In order to survive, they lived together but faced a series of issues of human nature. This film shows us the aesthetic taste and artistic ambition of Huang Bo and helps us fully understand the many possibilities by the discussion of human nature.

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  1. Forever Young

“Forever Young” is a feature film directed by Li Fangfang, starring Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Chang Chen, Wang Leehom and Chen Chusheng. The film tells the story of four young people from different eras who are also from Tsinghua University and are full of anticipation for youth. They finally find the true self after experiencing the changes, contradictions and struggles.




  1. How Long Will I Love U

“How Long Will I Love U” is a fantasy romantic comedy directed by Su Lun and led by Tong Liya and Lei Jiayin. The film tells the story of a frustrated young woman, Gu Xiaojia, who had to start a cohabitation with Lu Ming because of a sudden accident. This film made an ordinary love comedy more and more fantastic and charming by the plot of overlapping time and space.




  1. Project Gutenberg

“Project Gutenberg” is a criminal action film directed by Felix Chong, starring Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok, Zhang Jingchu and Feng Wenjuan. The film tells the story of the criminal genius “painter” and the genius of making counterfeit Li Wen make concerted effort to create a super counterfeit banknote.In addition to the wonderful performances as well as the exquisite art photography, the most fascinating point is the dramatic plot.




  1. A Cool Fish

“A Cool Fish” is an absurd comedy film directed by Rao Xiaozhi, starring Chen Jianbin, Ren Suxi, Pan Binlong, Zhang Yu. The film revolves a lost old gun, a pair of low-profile robbers, a sorehead security guard, a physically disabled but sharp-tongued woman. The film uses a multi-line narrative to outline a social picture of desire and frankness.

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  1. Us and Them

“Us and Them” is a romantic drama film directed by Rene Liu, produced by Zhang Yibai, and starring Jing Boran, Zhou Dongyu and Tian Zhuangzhuang. The film tells the story of a pair of men and women who came home on the train for the New Year. Since then, the fate of the two men has been entangled in the story of love, break up, miss, and reunion.


Many people say that when they see these films, they seem to see the future of Chinese actors and films. The solid performances, the well-designed plots and the thought-provoking social reality give us deeply impression. I believe that there will be more and more Chinese films give us a big surprise.

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