Stephen Chow, the visionary filmmaker behind funny action films like Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, has directed a new Chinese film called The Mermaid, and it's scheduled to be released in China on Feb. 8. Its story follows a Biology professor who meets a real mermaid and falls in love with her. Here's the synopsis:
Hin's real estate project involves reclamation of the sea. This threatens the livelihood of the residents who rely on the sea to make a living. Shan is dispatched to stop Hin and this encounter soon leads to them falling for each other. Out of his love for Shan, Hin plans to stop the reclamation. Unfortunately, Shan gets injured in an accident and vanishes into the sea.
Watch the trailer below:
The film stars Deng Chao, Show Luo, Kris Wu, Lin Yun and Zhang Yuqi. There's no word yet on whether or not the film will get a theatrical release in the U.S., but I hope it will eventually be on Netflix.