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Exclusive: GKIDS Shares ‘New Gods: Yang Jian’ Making of Video

Light Chaser Animation’s 2nd installment of the ‘New Gods’ franchise, inspired by Chinese mythology, comes to theaters nationwide January 20.

GKIDS has announced the theatrical release of China-based Light Chaser Animation’s latest feature, New Gods: Yang Jianhitting theaters nationwide beginning January 20. Directed by Ji Zhao and produced by Lu Xi, the second installment of the studio’s New Gods series of animated action-fantasy epics is inspired by Chinese mythological figures, and follows the 2021 feature New Gods: Nezha Reborn

New Gods: Yang Jian's release will be in the original Mandarin language and an all-new English dub.

Founded in 2013 with the goal of "creating world-class animated films," Light Chaser Animation has made a splash at the Chinese box office with both the New Gods saga and their successful White Snake series (White Snake in 2019 and Green Snake in 2021). To celebrate the upcoming theatrical release of New Gods: Yang Jian, the studio has shared an exclusive behind-the-scenes look with AWN at the making of the film.

Watch “Making of the Sky-Soaring Dance Scene,” then check out the trailer below:

In the movie, 13 years after Yang Jian (known to some as Erlang Shen) imprisoned his sister beneath a mountain, the once powerful god now scrapes by as a penniless bounty hunter. When a mysterious woman hires him for a new job, Yang Jian soon finds himself chasing down a familiar figure. He must stop Chenxiang, his long-lost nephew, who is searching for the magical lotus lantern that will free his mother, even if it will bring catastrophe. As Yang Jian confronts the actions of his past, he must face a host of dangerous vigilantes seeking the same treasure with the power to alter the balance of their worlds.

This latest entry in the New Gods universe features action sequences set against wildly imaginative environments. Combining ancient lore with animation, New Gods: Yang Jian is an adventure featuring one of China’s legendary mythic figures.

The original language voice cast includes Wang Kai, Ji Guanlin, Li Lihong, and Li Lanling. The English language cast includes Andrew Louis, Christine Lin, Parry Shen, Luke Naphat Sath, and James Sie.

Watch the official English dub trailer:

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Source: GKIDS

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.