A Writer's Odyssey

A Writer's Odyssey (simplified Chinese: 刺杀小说家; traditional Chinese: 刺殺小說家; pinyin: Cìshā Xiǎoshuōjiā) is a 2021 Chinese fantasy film directed and written by Lu Yang and produced by Ning Hao. The film was released February 12, 2021, on the Lunar New Year. The film is based on Shuang Xuetao's novel of the same name, and its sequel Godslayer.

A Writer's Odyssey
MandarinCìshā Xiǎoshuōjiā
Directed byLu Yang
Produced byNing Hao
Written by
  • Lu Yang
  • Chen Shu
  • Haiyan Qin
  • Yu Yang
Based onA Writer's Odyssey
by Shuang Xuetao
Music byJed Kurzel
CinematographyQiming Han
Edited by
  • Lin Zhu
  • Liyun Zhu
Distributed byCMC Pictures
Release date
  • February 12, 2021 (2021-02-12)
Box officeUS$159.9 million[1]


The film follows Guan Ning (Lei Jiayin)'s search for his lost daughter, whom he believes was kidnapped by traffickers. He is eventually contacted by a powerful corporation which enlists him to kill a young author whose fantasy novel appears to be altering their reality.



A trailer for the film was released in January 2021 with English subtitles.[2] Post-production lasted over two years.[3]


On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 92% based of 12 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10.[4]

Harris Dang of the AU Review gave the film 3.5/5 stars and wrote: "Overall, A Writer's Odyssey is an entertaining thrill ride that provides enough wild action, energy, creativity and visual splendour to satisfy audiences."[5][6] Richard Kuipers of Variety said "Odyssey is packed with stunning sights including a 50-ft., four-armed CGI villain but is let down by a script that fails to fashion promising story elements into a consistently compelling whole."[7]

Narayan Liu of CBR.com gave the film a positive review, praising its visuals, while noting the weak characterization.[8] Lim Yian Lu of Yahoo! Singapore gave the film a positive review, describing it as a "a great action film to watch."[9]

Tay Yek Keak of Today Online gave the film a more negative review, describing it as "basically a viewer's ordeal."[10]


  1. ^ Ci Sha Xiao Shuo Jia (2021) - Financial Information. The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "A Writer's Odyssey Trailer Brings a Novel's Action-Packed Tale to the Real World". CBR. 2021-01-21. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  3. ^ Berra2021-02-12T13:41:00+00:00, John. "'A Writer's Odyssey': Review (Lunar New Year release)". Screen. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  4. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_writers_odyssey
  5. ^ "Film Review: A Writer's Odyssey is a visually astounding fantasy thrill ride". The AU Review. 2021-02-13. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  6. ^ "Movie Review - A Writer's Odyssey (2021)". Flickering Myth. 2021-02-14. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  7. ^ Kuipers, Richard (2021-02-12). "'A Writer's Odyssey' Review: A Chinese New Year Tentpole Attraction Blends Fantasy and Reality With Mixed Results". Variety. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  8. ^ "REVIEW: A Writer's Odyssey Is an Engrossing Epic". CBR. 2021-02-11. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  9. ^ https://sg.style.yahoo.com/a-writers-odyssey-review-a-thrilling-fantasy-adventure-034522674.html
  10. ^ "A Writer's Odyssey Review: Reality Meets Make-Believe In This Confusing And Exhausting Fantasy Spectacle". TODAYonline. Retrieved 2021-02-15.

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