National Day Film Round-Up

Abominable is the first animated film available with Chinese dubs across all theaters in the U.S.

The themes of this National Day week-long break are unsurprisingly patriotism and surprisingly Mount Everest. Here’s the slate of films trying to beat Ne Zha and The Wandering Earth‘s record-breaking numbers this year. All four are available in limited theaters in the U.S. and Canada (and probably New Zealand and Australia).

Abominable, the love letter to Chinese scenery that’s the first film from Pearl Studio, a venture between DreamWorks Animation, China Media Capital, and the Shanghai Media Group. I’ve seen it in English and definitely recommend it. The main characters are very shippable in an Asian drama way, and the imagery is super imaginative.

Note that if you’re in the U.S., you can watch the film with Chinese dubs in theaters by using the Theater Ears app.
Voice actors: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor in English; Zhang Zifeng, Arthur Chen Feiyu, Wan Qian, Cai Qin in Chinese

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Chen Kaige, Ning Hao, Xu Zheng, Wen Muyu, Xue Xiaolu, Zhang Yibai, Wen Yan team up for National Day film project

I don’t usually post these type of patriotic films since they’re usually just bad films, but the trailer for  this actually looks really good.  Me and My Motherland 我的我的祖国, a film celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October, consists of eight parts separately shot by eight directors, ranging from veterans like Chen Kaige to rising talents like Wen Yan. Here’s what  we know of the cast so far for each part:

  1.  Guan Hu (Mr. Six)– Ou Hao, Huang Bo, Wang Qianyuan
  2. Zhang Yibai (Fleet of Time) – Zhang Jiayi, Zhang Ze
  3.  Xu Zheng (Lost in Thailand)  –   Liu Tao, Xu Zheng
  4. Xue Xiaolu (Finding Mr. Right).- Du Jiang, Zhu Yilong, Gao Yalin
  5. Ning Hao (Let the Bullets Fly) – Ge You
  6. Wen Muye (Dying to Survive) – Tong Liya, Song Jia, Lei Jiayin
  7. Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine)  – Liu Haoran, Chen Feiyu, Tian Zhuangzhuang
  8. Wen Yan (Angels Wear White) – Andy Lau, Zhuang Yinan

Trailer:

Can you translate Cong Cong Na Nian?

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“Back in Time” not cool enough for Ni Ni?   Come up with you own!

The film version of Cong Cong Na Nian 匆匆那年 is calling for English titles with a reward! Can you come up with a better English title for the Zhang Yibai film starring Ni Ni (#beautiful), Eddie Peng, and Wei Chen?

Since we’re on the subject, what are some of your favorite English translations? Least favorites?  I nominate My Fair PrincessThe Last Supper, and upcoming drama All Quiet in Peking for the former and Love Yunge from the Desert, The Journey of Flower for the latter.

Flashback: “The Blue Lotus”

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It’s not often that actors retweet slash MV‘s of themselves, so when I saw Lu Yi and Ren Quan having an entire conversation reminiscing their friendship over The Blue Lotus 花样的年华 (cut version here and full version here), I immediately went and watched the series.  The Republican era series, featuring custom made couture suits that made the two leads look oh-so-handsome, director-approved shipping, and a compelling heterosexual romance,  is definitely worth a watch.  Also, it uses original voices!

Produced by Zhang Yibai, The Blue Lotus co-stars the two’s classmates at the Shanghai Drama Academy, Lu Yi’s wife Bao Lei and Ren Quan’s best friend Li Bingbing, as the two’s respective female love interests. Incidentally, all of the four leads were on Hunan TV today, with Li Bingbing and Ren Quan on Tian Tian Xiang Shang, and Lu Yi and Bao Lei on Where are we going? Dad.

Really low-qualitied but beautiful opening theme: 

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