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MAD MAX Was Cool, so China’s Knock-Off MAD SHELIA Tried to Be the Same Movie

2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road was a critical darling of a movie that succeeded with its bizarre premise, wild set and character designs, opulent special effects, and strong performances from Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy. Sadly, though, Chinese moviegoers weren’t able to see the movie in their native land, as the state-run Chinese film industry didn’t allow the movie to be screened in the country.

But guess what? Our Chinese friends really wanted to see a post-apocalyptic road battle on the big screen, so they went ahead and quickly busted out Mad Shelia, which, as you might imagine, is a low-budget and goofy affair (via ScreenRant).

The trailer doesn’t reveal much about the plot, although we can’t imagine that it deviates from its source material all that much. There are definitely motorcycles, ATVs and pick-up trucks driving through a desert, as well as gunfire between two opposing sides, and explosions that look super realistic so long as you’ve never seen an actual explosion before.

Mad Shelia never found its way to theaters, instead screening on Tencent, which is a Chinese equivalent to Netflix. The service has apparently made B-movies of this quality a lot more popular in China, since these films can be shot more quickly and with less regulation. The people behind this one seem to have a lot of faith in it, though, since two sequels, Mad Shelia: Virgin Road and Mad Shelia: Vengeance Road, are supposedly already in production.

It’s definitely a wild (borderline bootleg) ride, so check out the trailer above, and by the way, there’s also a music video for the movie, so sure, check that out below too.

Do you think they’ve equaled Mad Max? Juice the comments below with your thoughts!

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