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Shanghai Fortress

Shanghai Fortress (Chinese: 上海堡垒) is a 2019 Chinese science fiction and romance film directed by Teng Huatao and stars Lu Han and Shu Qi.[1][2] Based on Jiang Nan's eponymous sci-fi novel (also translated as Once Upon a Time in Shanghai), the film depicts the human race's last stand in Shanghai fighting against aliens who try to seize a hidden energy source on earth in 2042. The film premiered in China on August 9, 2019.[3] It was Godfrey Gao's final film before his death on November 27 2019.

Shanghai Fortress
MandarinShànghǎi Bǎolěi
Directed byTeng Huatao
Produced byWang Chen
Written byJiang Nan
Han Jinglong
Based onShanghai Fortress by Jiang Nan
StarringLu Han
Shu Qi
China Entertainment Investment Group Limited by Share Ltd
China Film Group Corporation
Tianjin North Film Group
Beijing United Entertainment Partners Culture & Media Co., Ltd.
Tencent Pictures
Distributed byChina Film Group Corporation
Beijing United Entertainment Partners Culture & Media Co., Ltd.
Release date
  • 9 August 2019 (2019-08-09) (China)
Running time
107 minutes



The film is adapted from the 2006 novel of the same name by Jiang Nan.[3]

Six years in production, and about 400 million yuan (US $57 million) budget, the film raked in just 119 million yuan in its opening weekend.[4][5] Lu Han's salary for the film was rumoured to be 120 million yuan, however the director Teng Huatao clarified that it was not this high and sources suggested that Lu Han's salary for the film was between 2 million and 4 million yuan. [6]


The producer has unveiled the first trailer for the film on February 10, 2019.[7]

The film was released on August 9, 2019, in China.


Douban, a major Chinese rating site, gave the film a rating of 3.0 out of 10.[8]

The film received highly negative reviews in China.[9] Viewers lamented on Sina Weibo that it is not a sci-fi film but a half-baked May-December love story between Shu Qi and Lu Han with a few sci-fi elements.[10][11] Director Teng Huatao apologized on his social media on Sina Weibo for letting viewers down. Screenwriter and original novel writer Jiang Nan also apologized online, particularly to the fans of his book who were disappointed after waiting so many years for the film. On August 13, 2019, the producer apologized for using original video material from Shawn Wang in promoting the film.[12]


  1. ^ Cao Chen (9 August 2019). "Chinese futuristic romance 'Shanghai Fortress' opens today". chinadaily. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  2. ^ Monisha Pillai (12 August 2019). ""Luhan Has Destroyed Chinese Sci-Fi": What This Epic Flop Says About China's Changing Moviegoers". radiichina. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Can 'Shanghai Fortress' become China's first sci-fi blockbuster?". ecns. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  4. ^ 《上海堡垒》损失多惨重?超20家公司亏损,鹿晗成最大赢家. (in Chinese). 2019-08-15.
  5. ^ Sun Liang; Qin Wen (2019-08-15). 《上海堡垒》“喜提”三道歉,磨刀6年为何至如此境地?. (in Chinese).
  6. ^ 《上海堡垒》导演回应鹿晗天价片酬,“其实他真的收了很少的钱”. (in Chinese). 2019-08-20.
  7. ^ 如何评价上海堡垒第一支预告?. sina (in Chinese). 2019-02-10.
  8. ^ Patrick Brzeski (13 August 2019). "China's Latest Big-Budget Sci-Fi Film 'Shanghai Fortress' Crashes After Liftoff". hollywoodreporter. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  9. ^ Elaine Yau (12 August 2019). "China sci-fi film Shanghai Fortress fails to build on The Wandering Earth's success". Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  10. ^ "'Shanghai Fortress' collapses at box office". 15 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  11. ^ Addy (11 August 2019). "Blockbuster Sci-Fi "Shanghai Fortress" Bombs the Box Office with Low Reviews". jaynestars. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  12. ^ 《上海堡垒》盗用他人视频宣传 遭声讨后致歉赔偿. (in Chinese). 2019-08-13.

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