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Star-studded comedy set to hit theaters

By Xu Fan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-04-02 17:43

A scene in Super Villain. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Set to debut on April 4, coinciding with Qingming Festival, actor-turned-filmmaker Bao Bei'er's latest directorial venture, Super Villain, boasts a remarkable ensemble cast of over 20 comedic stars, including Bao himself and actress Li Jiaqi. The film stands as the sole comedy vying for attention during the three-day festival, which will witness the simultaneous release of seven new movies.

The storyline revolves around an aging actor who unexpectedly lands a coveted role as a villain but inadvertently drives home in a car filled with props from the film. A prop malfunction leads to a car explosion, resulting in the protagonist suffering from amnesia. Discovering what he believes to be a real "corpse" in the trunk (which is actually a prop dummy), he mistakenly assumes he is an actual criminal. The narrative unfolds into a comedic whirlwind as the protagonist, besieged by a series of mishaps, finds himself pursued by two kidnappers.

At the Beijing premiere, Bao expressed that the movie serves as a reflection of his contemplation on the essence of life, aiming to convey a message urging individuals to appreciate what they currently possess rather than relentlessly pursuing transient fame and fortune.

Actor-director Bao Bei'er at the promotional event of his new comedy Super Villain on April 1. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
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