TWOC’s Films of the Year

From Bollywood to propaganda, here are our picks for 2017

Bollywood film of the year

Dangal (《摔跤吧!爸爸》)

This biographical film, based on a true story, is a tale of an Indian man who trains his daughters to become world-class wrestlers. It became the third major Bollywood movie to become a breakout Bollywood blockbuster in China after its May release, following Three Idiots in 2011 and sci-fi comedy PK in 2015. Dangal, or Let’s Wrestle, Dad, struck a note with mainland viewers with its themes of strict fatherhood and struggles against patriarchal norms. The movie since became China’s top-grossing non-Hollywood foreign film ever, with 643 million RMB (93.3 million USD) at the box office.

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