French comedy to hit Chinese theaters

By Zhang Rui
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"Sur la Piste du Marsupilami," a 2012 French family comedy, will hit Chinese screens on Wednesday.

The film stars French comedian Alain Chabat, who also wrote and directed the movie, setting out on a jungle adventure filled with French humor. The movie also features Jamel Debbouze, another popular French movie star.

Importer of the film China Film Group Corporation has said it is very reminiscent of last year's Chinese blockbuster "Lost in Thailand," in which two Chinese comedians entertain audiences along a journey filled with humor and bad luck.

Pop diva Céline Dion's cameo appearance also makes for one of the film's biggest highlights.

"Marsupilami" tells the story of a reporter arriving in a country called Palombia in search of a scoop. Accompanied by a local tour guide, he winds up encountering surprise after surprise over the course of an exciting adventure. In the process, the duo confirms the existence of the Marsupilami, a mythical creature and the CGI-animated character featured in the film.

Chabat has wonderful childhood memories of reading "Marsupilami," which was created by Belgian comic book writer Andre Franquin in 1952 and tells the story of a creature with an 8-meter-long tail that can move as swift as a squirrel. Chabat decided to bring the creature onto the silver screen and incorporated it into a jungle comedy.

The film was first released in France in April of 2012.

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