Friday, June 4, 2010

6.4.2010 - News

Taipei Times: Summer Wars (Japan)
Summer Wars does a splendid job in representing one of the hottest topics of the modern world — computer security — and presenting it in a way that is both thoughtful and fun. This may be simple flat animation that harks back to technologies many decades old, but in terms of quality, it leaves many recent 3D animations trailing in its dust.
Variety: The Karate Kid
Never mind the bullies: A language barrier and East-vs.-West ethnic tensions are the chief opponents facing this new "Karate Kid." While it boasts some high-concept novelty in its colorful Chinese backdrop and the sage casting of Jackie Chan in the Pat Morita role, Sony's multiculti reboot remains largely faithful to the enduring 1984 crowdpleaser, albeit with enough tin-eared English and Mandarin dialogue to bring another famous Chan (Charlie) to mind. Results are often flatly formulaic but ingratiating enough to lure family audiences onto the mat, though the hefty runtime might undercut pic's B.O. chops.
THR: The Karate Kid
Bottom Line: Won't erase memories of the original.

CRI: Return of A Screen Goddess
Gong Li is to star in a Chinese remake of Mel Gibson's What Women Want, marking her first performance in a local production since her role as the queen in Zhang Yimou's Curse of the Golden Flower in 2006.

The initial list of candidates for the 30th Hundred Flowers Awards were announced yesterday. Zhou Xun received three Best Actress nominations for Confucius, Painted Skin and The Message. The Best Picture list includes Confucius, Bodyguards and Assassins, Ip Man, Mulan, Iron Men, Founding of a Republic, and The Message. Wang Xueqi, Ge You and Chen Kun will compete for the Best Actor award. Best Picture nominations are based on the top 10 films voted by the association of film distributors, over 100 theatre managers, films with a two-year box office over 500M yuan while individual awards are voted by the top 10 films production companies. (?) The awards ceremony will be held October 16 in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province. Final nominations will be made public August 31 by the organizing committee. (Xinhua), (Sina)

THR: Shanghai Film Festival
But many local companies have opted out of the market this year -- like market leaders Huayi Bros., China's first publicly listed film studio. Huayi is passing because it, like many of its state-run peers, has few new titles ready, or few that have global appeal.
"That's a major problem with quite a number of state-owned film studios -- the lack of internationally appealing productions," Zhou says. "Even when they do have them, they are co-produced titles with foreign or Hong Kong or Taiwan partners, for which (they) normally don't hold international rights."

CRI: Li Bingbing Advocates Wild Animal Protection

Taipei Times: Pop Stop
Amway sponsoring A-Mei in US concert tour, onstage marriage proposal for Selina of S.H.E.
CRI: Readers in A Flap over New Issue of Revered Magazine
The country's most established literary magazine, Harvest, has caused quite a stir with its spring-summer issue, for carrying a novel by Guo Jingming in its Novels Special
The Harvest Literary Bimonthly, founded by Chinese writer Ba Jin (1904-2005) in 1957, has previously carried works by such literary heavyweights as Lu Xun, Lao She, Guo Moruo, and Wang Shuo.

"Lost and Found" by btr (Danwei)

They gathered around the Lost and Found
to look for the things they lost 21 years ago
"We want....", they said
"Who are you?" a voice asked

They can't say what exactly they lost
But they are sure something is lost
They can't figure out what they have become
But they know they are no longer passionate

Gathering around the Lost and Found
becomes a ritual
Even the voice that asks back
is part of it

Cui Jian - A Piece of Red Cloth (lyrics)

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