The Chinese remake of the 1997 Julia Roberts romantic comedy My Best Friend’s Wedding《我最好朋友的婚礼》hits cinema screens tomorrow (Aug 5), just a few days before Qixi a.k.a. Chinese Valentine’s Day.

The new Chinese version sees Shu Qi (舒淇) and Victoria Song (宋茜) take over the roles of Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz, while Feng Shaofeng (冯绍峰) steps into Dermot Mulroney’s shoes.

Director Chen Feihong (陈飞宏) seems to have drawn heavily from the original 1997 classic with a few minor tweaks. 

The new version sees Shu Qi, who plays an editor of a Chinese fashion magazine, jetting about Europe, attending fashion week in Milan and getting up to wedding shenanigans in London. 

Like the original, the Chinese remake follows two childhood friends after one of them announces he’s getting married to a young rich woman who has been studying in the UK.

Suddenly realizing that she's actually in love with him, Shu Qi’s character vows to stop the wedding at all costs. When she’s invited into the bridal party, things get even more complex.

The film premiered in Beijing this week with all the principle actors in attendance. In fact, Shu Qi had just come from her own supposed best friend’s wedding.

In what has to be a marketing exercise, Shu Qi had just attended the nuptials of Taiwanese actors and pop singers Ruby Lin (林心如) and Wallace Huo (霍建华).

You can watch the trailer for the new Chinese version of the 1997 classic here, though be warned, it’s one of those trailers that reveal the whole movie.

And here’s the trailer for the original film to compare and contrast.

The release of the new film has been timed to coincide with the seventh night of the seventh lunar month or Qixi 七夕节, which is roughly the Chinese equivalent to Valentine's Day.

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So, if you’re up for a Qixi date night movie, this could be your best bet.


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