August 25, 2022

GKIDS Acquires North American Rights to “New Gods: Yang Jian”

New Feature from Acclaimed Light Chaser Animation Opened #1 at Chinese Box Office to be Released Theatrically in USA Early 2023



GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced today it has acquired the North American distribution rights for NEW GODS: YANG JIAN, the latest feature from the powerhouse Chinese animation studio Light Chaser Animation (White Snake, New Gods: Nezha Reborn). Directed by Ji Zhao (White Snake, New Gods: Nezha Reborn) NEW GODS: YANG JIAN is the second installment of the studio’s “New Gods” series of animated action-fantasy epics inspired by Chinese mythological figures, following the 2021 feature New Gods: Nezha Reborn.



Domestically released on August 19, NEW GODS: YANG JIAN was the top film at the mainland China box office, beating Minions: The Rise of Gru, and earning $19.8 million on its opening weekend. GKIDS will release NEW GODS: YANG JIAN theatrically in both original Mandarin language and an all-new English language dub early next year. The deal marks the next collaboration between GKIDS and Light Chaser Animation, following GKIDS’ local distribution of the 2019 feature White Snake.

“Light Chaser Animation is one of the most exciting CG studios working today, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship on their newest film New Gods: Yang Jian,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ President. “The film drips with style, bringing a unique and action-packed spin on a classic Chinese story. We can’t wait to share it with American audiences early next year.”


Thirteen 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 in search of 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 from Light Chaser Animation (White Snake, New Gods: Nezha Reborn) features awe-inspiring action sequences set against breathtaking and wildly imaginative environments. Combining ancient lore with dazzling animation, New Gods: Yang Jian is a timeless adventure of epic proportions featuring one of China’s legendary mythic figures.

Director: Ji Zhao

Screenwriter: Chuan Mu

Producer: Xi Lu

Studio: Light Chaser Animation

Cast: Kai Wang, Guanlin Ji, Lihong Li, Lanling Li

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