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Rating: 7.2/10 by 477 users

The Wandering Earth II (2023)

Humans built huge engines on the surface of the earth to find a new home. But the road to the universe is perilous. In order to save earth, young people once again have to step forward to start a race against time for life and death.

  • Frant Gwo
  • Achille Vanderhaeghen
  • Frant Gwo
  • Liu Cixin
  • Gong Geer
  • Wang Hongwei
  • Yang Zhixue
  • Ye Ruchang
Release Date: Sun, Jan 22, 2023

Rating: 7.2/10 by 477 users

Alternative Title:
Liú Làng Dì Qiú 2 - CN
The Wandering Earth 2 - US
《流浪地球》前传 - CN
The Wandering Earth Ⅱ - CN
Die Wandernde Erde 2 - DE
Блуждающая Земля 2 - RU
ฝ่ามหันตภัยเพลิงสุริยะ - TH
流浪地球2 - CN
Die Wandernde Erde II - DE
Země na pouti 2 - CZ

Runtime: 02 hour 53 minutes
Budget: $73,800,000
Revenue: $604,400,000

Plot Keyword: space travel, space station, earth in peril, global threat, giant engine, global government
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Andy Lau
Tu Hengyu
Wu Jing
Liu Peiqiang
Sha Yi
Zhang Peng
Zhu Yanmanzi
Hao Xiaoxi
Li Xuejian
Zhou Zhezhi
Wang Zhi
Han Duoduo
Kawawa Kadichi
Herbert Copley
Vatilli Makarychev
Andrey Gerasinov
Clara Lee
Space Elevator Female Attacker
Tony Nicholson
Space Elevator Male Attacker A
Vladimir Ershov
Space Elevator Male Attacker B
Li Ren
Korean Pilot
Ning Li
Ma Zhao
Zhang Yi
Wang Zhijian
Tong Liya
Tu Hengyu's Wife
Ang Cin
Thai Astronaut
Guo Yiqian
Wedding Host
Wu Enxuan
TV Presenter
Liu Jiayun
4-Year-Old Liu Qi
Ding Yanlai
Construction Worker 1
Gao Ang
Construction Worker 2
Andrew Yan Hua
Construction Worker 3
Huo Qing
Chinese Chief Coordinator
Liu Yin
Zhou Zhezhi's Bodyguard
Li Peidong
Enthusiastic Passenger
Huang Jiyuan
Diving Expert
Zheng Chuyi
Electrical Engineer
Yang Hongtao
Chinese Father Underground City
Wu Jingyi
Chinese Mother Underground City
He Jinhelong
Chinese Boy Underground City
He Jinhejin
Chinese Girl Underground City
Dashan Kong
Chinese Astronaut
Fu Jiahao
Departure Hall Young Soldier
Hu Xianxu
Young Diplomat
Li Luqi
Young Man
Li Yi Ran
Liu Peiqiang's Mother
Zhou Qiang
Liu Peiqiang's Father
Wang Hongwei
Wang Hongwei
Eric Xu
Xu Jian
Wang Lei
Wang Sanshi
Wang Yitong
Male Research Assistant
Zhao Yesuo


Now then, it's best - I think - to just accept that there is very, very, little plausible science to this save-the-planet movie. The format, and the story, have oft been done by Hollywood before so it's not top of the originality tree either - but it's still quite a watchable and well produced story of a group of Chinese trainees who must raise their game when they find themselves trying to save the infrastructure being built to help save the planet from terrorists. It's extremely perilous for them, their enemy is sophisticated and well entrenched. When the moon becomes unstable, it again falls to them to stop it crashing into the Earth before a carefully placed series of thousands of engines around the globe can be activated to propel us all out of danger and off to a new orbit around Alpha Centauri. The acting talents and the dialogue are really neither here nor there, but the visual effects - especially at the start - are effective and the pace of the film is as times entertaining as this dedicated team - and others from around the world - must unite to thwart the unseen enemy and rescue mankind before it's all too late. It really does need shortening though. It could lose an hour and - tightened up - have a much more focussed and impactful storyline that would hold the attention just as well as any Western equivalents. It does need a big screen to get the best from the creativity of the visuals but students of physics (astro or otherwise) may blush at some of it!


The Wandering Earth II or the "wandering script", as I call it, does nothing to improve upon a proposition that failed to work, the first time around. Its alright to create a space saga but trying to cram the whole thing down the audiences throat in two sittings, is simply too much to ask. My wife, who is Chinese, became exasperated about half an hour in and I don't blame her. There are simply too many disparate things going on at once, for this film to present anything, even a highly switched on viewer, like my economist other half, can reasonably follow. What you are left with, is what amounts to mini films, that feel like little like extended trailers, cobbled together over an lengthy time line, that become so diffuse, as to loose the potential to represent any semblance of a comprehensible "whole". Graphics are admittedly amazing, as are some of the sci fi conceptualisations. Acting's mostly pretty decent, too. That said, what are these elements without clarity of storytelling? In summary, best described as an overly ambitious, ill considered "sci fi, hot mess" that's clearly had a lot of time and money invested in it. If this had been broken down into smaller, bite sized films with less crammed in, I think it could have worked, a lot better.

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