That’s right, Chinese real estate tycoon Jon Jiang has always had a passion for films, and decided to make his own. “Empire of the Deep” is his first foray into the world of filmmaking, and unfortunately, it doesn’t look like a $130-million movie visually. According to one critic, the “live action scenes seem as low-budget as TV’s Xena: Warrior Princess, and computer graphics that look like a video game from the early 2000s.” Continue reading for the trailer and more information.

Film blog Indiewire suggested the film will never see a U.S. release, at least not in cinemas, and it said: “With all the money spent, this looks cheap and woefully put together, with the talented Kurylenko left to flounder in cast of nobodies in a silly undersea adventure, with truly shoddy special effects.”

Jack Cunliffe at wrote: ‘After some quick banter with actual humans (or possibly mermaids), we get a minute onslaught of some of the worst, potentially insanely entertaining footage of this disaster.’ Empires Of The Deep, which its makers describe as ‘an unlikely love story between a young human and a mermaid… set in a mythical world’, has had a troubled production history.

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