Discussion » Film & TV » The Beginning of an EPIC FAIL

  • Captain America
    Captain America wrote:
    <p>Here's one thing I think we can all agree on: a certain unnamed (for fear of blockage)&nbsp;gov-backed now-running historic film is looking more and more like categorical epic fail.</p> <p>Every Chinese person I know&nbsp;told me of the *bribe* stating that this film must gross 800 million yuan before theaters can get&nbsp;the new Harry Potter and Transformers movies. State-owned enterprises have been <a href="http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/661624/State-owned-firms-snap-up-tickets-for-Beginning-of-the-Great-Revival.aspx">forcing employees to see it</a>, but still pictures of empty theaters have been Weibo-ed and&nbsp;the numbers -- even as reported&nbsp;by state-run media -- are extremely low several weeks after release (225 million yuan last figure). It should also be&nbsp;noted that the film has officially grossed <strong>$150,322 </strong>so far in the<strong> United States.</strong></p> <p>Not only has a scandal surfaced where theaters were selling tickets for this film (allowing patrons to watch other movies&nbsp;they prefer after purchasing a ticket for this film), but&nbsp;scathing reviews were blocked,&nbsp;and nationalistic <a title="review" href="http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/662036/Movie-Review-Beginning-of-the-Great-Revival.aspx">Global Times even rated the movie 6 out of 10</a>.</p> <p>If you're not hip on the Global Times, you should be. It's almost like an unintentional China-specific <a href="http://www.theonion.com/">The Onion</a>. They print some truly hilarious stuff, especially <a href="http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/662936/Great-Revival-dominates-Beijings-cinemas.aspx">an article</a> on this film's dominance:<br /><em>From 9:30 am to 10 pm, that Chinese "blockbuster" is screened over and over every 20 minutes in every cinema on multiple screens. And its strength is so enormous that even Kung Fu Pandaand Captain Jack Sparrow are no match for the movie behemoth. They've been relegated to one screen only in cinemas like Megabox and Wanda.</em></p> <p><em>Seeing this, I realized that it wouldn't be a problem for the production company to meet their goal of a box office take of over one billion yuan. The only thing that matters is how much they will exceed that number.</em></p> <p>And yet... the winners of the&nbsp;WORST media in the world remain USA and UK -- infinitely more fucked-up...&nbsp;due to the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_of_the_World_phone_hacking_scandal">News of the World phone-hacking scandal</a> and the fact that <a href="http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=153490">ABC News funded Casey Anthony's defense</a>.</p> <p>Sorry for the interruption. Back to the 'naked picture stealing flame war.' Just wish the regular cast of characters here could chime in on&nbsp;unrelated news some times.</p>
  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    Where the fuck did the +1 button go?

  • Kodi
    Kodi wrote:

    HAHA i think we can safely say the chinese people are standing up (and walking out).  NO! WE WILLNOTDOWHATYOUTELLUSTODO, SITDOWNOLDMENANDGIVEUSOURCHOICE about which movies we see.  Let the officials choke on their own propaganda.Bravo.....

  • Rune
    Rune wrote:



    oh god this is so goddamn hilarious. bribing it, lol. Obviously its never gonna get close to 800 million. What are they gonna do? this will be fun

  • Rune
    Rune wrote:

    Kodi, have you kidnapped my dog or something?

  • V. Bilrost
    V. Bilrost wrote:

    Scott, go to the cinema on Tuesdays, 50% off.

  • V. Bilrost
    V. Bilrost wrote:

    Haha I don't want to watch it, reason is like yours. Maybe i'll take a look when Youku has it.

    So I've heard that in most cinemas in BJ and SH there's no English sutitles but some seem to have this option for foreigners.

    This film lands in North America soon, TS version of the English subtitled will soon be out:)

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