League of Gods 封神传奇 is a Chinese film featuring a star-studded cast in an adaptation of the popular Ming Dynasty novel called Feng Shen Yan Yi, imbuing significant historical events with elements of deities and magic.
Like many others works inspired by the novel, League of Gods centers around the tail-end of the Shang Dynasty where Zhou Wang (Tony Leung Ka Fai) succumbs to the enchantments of Da Ji (Fan Bing Bing) and the ill-advices of Shen Gong Bao (Louis Koo).
Jiang Zi Ya (Jet Li) is a prominent military strategist known for his wisdom and he gathers a team of god-gifted warriors Lei Zhen Zi (Xiang Zuo), Ne Zha (Wen Zhang) and Yang Jian (Huang Xiaoming). Lan Die (Angelababy) becomes Lei Zhen Zi’s love interest though she bears a deep dark secret of her own.
The movie premieres July 29, 2016. It looks unnervingly flashy and I worry that it might follow a trend of productions that are all glitz and no glamor.