2017年4月20日 (木)

Made for China: Having it both ways

I was sitting in a Wanda Imax theater on the afternoon of June 8 when the opening logos for Warcraft rolled. It started with the so-called dragon logo, China's government seal for any movie-domestic or imported-for public theatrical screening A Bar Education Centre.

Then came the one for the Chinese distributor, followed by Universal Pictures, which is the US distributor.

And then a bevy of Chinese companies that are household names in China.

I could almost see the pop-up balloons floating virtually above the audience: "Is this a Hollywood movie or is it a Chinese one?"

The biggest applause came when the opening logos ended with Blizzard Entertainment. And I instantly knew who made up the bulk of this audience.

Yes, they were diehard fans of the popular video game, by far the most popular in China according to some figures corporate apartment.

Warcraft the movie has grossed 1 billion yuan ($152 million) in its first five days of release. It raked in $24 million in the North American market.

Granted, it's not fair to compare the two figures because it opened on a Wednesday in China to take advantage of the Dragon Boat Festival, which is a public holiday here. But there is no doubt in anyone's mind that the Middle Kingdom is destined to be the biggest market for this particular movie no matter how you dice and slice the numbers.

For the fleeting question that popped up during the first two minutes of the movie-"Is that a made-in-China sign we're seeing?"-the answer is elusive. Chinese investors like Tencent and Huayi Brothers are not forthcoming about how much they put into the movie, and the question is complicated by the fact that the production company involved, Legendary Pictures, was acquired by China's Dalian Wanda early this year.

Sure, the $160 million project was greenlit long before the acquisition. But from a purely financing point of view, the Chinese stake was substantial from the get-go.

Conventional wisdom has it that China will overtake North America next year in the size of the film market-the theatrical part, that is Neo skin lab.

This was not the first time an American film performed better in China than on its home turf. Pacific Rim (2013) grossed 694 million yuan in China and a slightly lower $101 million across the Pacific.

The difference is, this time the result was widely anticipated and the gap in box-office receipts much wider than anything we've seen.

Extrapolating these incidents, you'll see a trend when Hollywood makes movies specially for China. Overseas box-office performance for many of Hollywood's big projects, so-called tentpoles, already accounts for as much as three-fourths of the total.

And it's quite possible that China, growing by leaps and bounds, will become the No 1 destination for some of its future offerings.

But as I see it, they won't be "enhanced Chinese movies".

Hollywood has experimented with Chinese adaptations of their hits, but they did not work half as well as Chinese fare that's faintly and freely inspired by Hollywood hits. Chinese moviegoers do not go to a Hollywood movie for its Chineseness.

Even cameo appearances by Chinese stars may be nothing more than a marketing gimmick.

Daniel Wu is in Warcraft, but he is not recognizable even by voice. What matters is the legion of characters familiar to Chinese game players, who number 5.8 million on Chinese mainland-based servers. According to unofficial estimates, the Chinese user base could be double that figure because many are on overseas sites.

The news that Warcraft received predominantly negative reviews in its home country reached China shortly before its debut. But its Chinese partners did not seem worried. (Full disclosure: I moderated the first event of director Duncan Jones, joined by female lead Paula Patton and Wu, of their promotional tour in China, which was a forum at the Beijing Film Academy.)

In China, this is called a "fan film", catering to people who are emotionally invested in the story and oblivious to film reviews.

To understand the innate power of a fan film, all you'll need is flip Warcraft with the new Star Wars with its popularity Stateside.

In both movies, the applause comes at moments that would confound non-fans. Another thing in common is a precipitous drop in attendance after the first week.

Browsing through some of the movie review sites in China, I've noticed it's a split verdict, which is far more favorable than the 27 percent "Fresh" rating on US review site Rotten Tomatoes. While some praised it as the best video adaptation ever, a few compared it to The Lord of the Rings. The scathing reviews from the US somehow worked in the film's favor.

"It's not as bad as they said," I thought.

The first half hour had such a blizzard of proper nouns hurled at us that I was struggling for a fresh air of relatability.

Without knowing anything from the game, I could see the writers and the director working hard to add weight to the characters.

Even though they sport mostly cliches in dialogue, they do not look like people from games. Yet they do not carry the gravitas usually associated with good literature either.

What I found fascinating is Jones' refusal to portray the orcs as across-the-board evil. His decision could be founded on mostly commercial grounds as game players can be either species, humans or orcs (57 percent of Chinese game players chose orcs), but it lends a special relevance that echoes the eerily similar refugee crisis in Europe.

It is legitimate to ask: "Is it morally justified to invade another's home if your own home is destroyed?"

This accidental undertone does not register with most Chinese viewers. But there are lots of details that flew by me but became points of discourse for the fan base.

We probably need to separate the discussions "Is Warcraft a successful movie?" and "Is it a good one?"

For the second question, there need not be a single answer.

For the first, it may take a financial specialist after the dust is settled and the box-office totals come in.

Contact the writer at raymondzhou@chinadaily.com.cn

2017年4月 7日 (金)

Auctioned Ming bowl heading for Shanghai exhibit

A 15th-century blue-and-white bowl that fetched HK$229 million ($29.5 million) at Sotheby's auction on Wednesday will appear at an upcoming exhibition in Shanghai Neo skin lab.

According to the Shanghai billionaire and collector Liu Yiqian, the bowl will be on loan from its current Asian owner for display at the Long Museum, which was founded by Liu and his wife, Wang Wei, and it will be shown as part of an exhibition dedicated to the artworks of the Yongle and Xuande periods of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), scheduled to open on April 28 serviced apartment hong kong.

Standing 23 centimeters high, the bowl exemplifies the magnificence of porcelain making that reached climax during the Ming era, especially the Xuande period the bowl dates from QV baby.

It had been kept in a private Japanese collection for some 50 years before it appeared in Sotheby's salesroom.

2017年3月29日 (水)

Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' continues to lead box office

Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast continued to dominate the North American box office with an estimated $88.3 million this weekend, and powered the movie studios to have the best cumulative march film attendance ever.

The Disney monster's North American cume of $317 million is the fourth-biggest 10-day total in history. Overseas, the film likewise stayed atop the chart, grossing $119.2 million for a foreign tally of $373.3 million and $690.3 million globally, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In a distant second, Lionsgate and Saban's Power Rangers opened with a strong $40.5 million. About five teenagers who must become something extraordinary when their small town and the world is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat, the PG-13 reboot of the campy television show cost a reported $100 million to produce warrant calculator .

The film scored an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, of which 30% were under the age of 18 and scored the film an "A+" Filing Cabinet.

Thanks to Beauty and the Beast, Warner's Kong:Skull Island , Fox's Logan, and now Power Rangers among other titles, March box office has already hit $1 billion for the first time -- with five days left in the month according to comScore.

Kong: Skull Island was in third place, with an estimated $14.4 million in weekend sales and a 10-day running total of $133.5 million almo nature.

2017年3月22日 (水)

An apple


A red apple.
At that time I was small, only on the junior high school, the same table is a boy will blush. Yes, the quarrel is red - I've had a lot of fights with him, every time he apologizes Neo skin lab skout. I also secretly feel that he is very gentlemanly. Then the teacher adjusted the position, I and he separated.
That afternoon the sun was very good, riding a car to go to school, thinking of something far away, suddenly think of him. He was in the morning, transferred to the third group, do not know why, my heart empty, like a long time no one cleaned the room. Came to the classroom and saw a new deskmate, did not say a few words with my boys, inadvertently, I turned to him, he and his new deskmate laughing. When I sat down in my seat, I finally breathed a sigh of relief, not for anything, but because I could not see him at this point. My hand reached into a drawer, took the book, with a comfortable and cool things - an apple. There is a piece of paper on it, which reads "to you", and a smiling face. Familiar handwriting, he.
I don't have a smile, but I feel like an apple tree in my heart, but the biggest and the most red apple falls into my hand.
I didn't eat it, and I didn't tear it down. I just put it in the bag and put it back home. When I got home, I didn't eat it. I just put it on the bookcase. It is so red round, like a piece of Browning's poem. I looked at it, as if in the apple on the read words, read a red heart is so mellow.
I can't remember how the days went by Neo skin lab skout. Just remember because I sat on the seat angle to see him, I only have a book when passing glance, he did blush, some girls will not Olympiad title, will move toward the teacher silly smile, but that only belong to our quarrel no longer appear. In the short turn back, I heard my heart for the first time.
Every day I go home, I will speak to that apple, Apple may also be tired of listening to it? The little girl, the little girl's mind. However, apple is still a good temper, exudes a faint fragrance, emitting a seductive sheen, like a silver bowl, the same as the mystery of the grain. Gradually, every time I pass from the fruit stand, see the apple, I will think of him, think of his bright smile, think of his quarrel blush. Simple, like an apple.
When Apple starts to fester, I'm at a loss. The apple is rotting where it begins to flow, I know, it's cider. Smelling the wine, I still didn't throw it away.
When Apple was completely corrupt, I left the note, but there was a trace on it Neo skin lab skout. It was an apple left to the world. That day I passed the fruit stand, bought an apple, put the note on it, just like the original. However, I know that the note is still the original note, I was the original me, just Apple, apple is not the original.
I have always insisted on the habit of waiting for apple to rot, to buy one, put a note on the bookcase. Until junior high school. I took the graduation contact book to look for him, he Leng for a while, or wrote his contact. However, in the message box, he only wrote "I wish you a happy voyage".
Back home, I looked at the apple, shed a tear.
I still remember the tears fall on the voice, although I am a college student, I didn't make a phone call to him, for he didn't buy an apple, because I know that the best way to deal with it is to eat an apple.

2017年2月17日 (金)

Shame and then brave


Life is never smooth, along the road scenery is not all the flowers, sunny. In the tranquil afternoon, setbacks with the suffering, sometimes as the wind coerced with dark clouds, caught off guard, from the sky swept from, instant, heavy rain poured, Montreal messy dermes.

The face of sudden setbacks and suffering, pretending to be chic and open-minded, to Q Q paralyze their own, is never useful to escape, the face, always to face, it is placed in front of you in the life of a Hom Children, you can be humble lying on the bottom of the pit, forget the past, but you will live in the pit at the end of life, you can silently accumulate strength, struggling to take off, jumped gully, from the new world of life dermes.

Remember that these have brought you pain, destroyed the hardships of your life, shame after the brave, these shame, into a record spicy and powerful spur, pumping in our back, into our hearts Let us take full advantage!

Those who flirtatious praise and encouragement, not enough to accompany you to travel, only that melt into the blood, engraved on the bones of shame and humiliation, in order to eventually unwilling to Yang Tian roar, to stimulate your bloody and fighting spirit, smashed all difficulties Live your yoke fetters, get rid of all the burly baggage, with full of shame and the slightest insignificant, but not to blasphemy of dignity, to do to others to see, but also to do their own to see that they are not weak company registry hong kong!

Yu Minhong once said that there are two ways to live, one is to do every day to absorb the rain sunshine, but grow small grass, people can step on you, but not mercy on you, because people did not see you, a Is to grow into a towering tree, very far away people can see, into the shade, after death is still a pillar of the talent, alive and alive are useful.

We ordinary people may be born a grass, was stepped on the soil, was pressed under the stone, but it is not terrible, we can not really destroy, shame after the courage, these experiences into growth Of the nutrients, transformed into a robust tree seedlings, breaking ground out, the top open boulders, blooming out of their own glory.

As for the shame of the hugs Han Xin, hardship Gou Jian, the North Sea Shepherd Su Wu, suffered the palace of Sima Qian.

Ancient into the event, not only the supernatural talent, but also must be perseverance of the Zhi, shame after the courage of the heart!

2017年2月 9日 (木)

Once you


In your arms
Sing mountain
Frolic Garden
But never read your heart
Feel your feelings
Leave you
The hard years in a foreign land
To feel your heart
I remember every mistake
You are patient to correct me
I remember every fall
You raise me up
Your beauty
Your warmth
Your tenderness
Forever in my memory, on the beach
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Every word
Even every quarrel
To make me feel good
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2017年1月18日 (水)

Love, has been in


She is a chicken, he is a monkey, they seem to always verify the "chicken monkey is not the end of the" marriage vulgar theory. They quarrel, each time very fierce. Many times, the people around them even their children think they can not go on. But each time, their quarrel is like a volcanic eruption, after the eruption will gradually attributed to calm Wedding planner. So repeated cycle, this off, that is, for decades, life.
They are old. The children are home, not around. Although he retreated, but after all running out for so many years, suddenly idle down, always felt empty heart of the. He reached out to the money to invest her money, she strongly refused to give, and confidently claim that no money at home to his excesses. As a result, two people still noisy, not only noisy, but also turned the old account. He complained of her short-sighted, less than the right places, suspected her money at home do not know where to use. She said he suspected heavy, small-minded, that he is old and old is not corpuscles live, blind toss ... ...
Since then, he ran out of sight day. Although the sum of people to do without the small profits of the sale, not to mention the return on profits, but he was happy Happy. The most important thing is not to listen to her nagging, do not quarrel with her Victoria (Upper Kornhill) Nursery offers baby play group hong kong. English and Chinese Staff will have interaction with students which will creat a trilingual playgroup learning environment for students..
That day, her sudden cerebral hemorrhage, no rescue came, gone.
The family never hear her nagging, and he suddenly felt the terrible silence of the family. He found a few deposit slips in one of her purplish red coats as she packed her clothes. Each deposit is his name, he counted a total of 60,000. They both are ordinary wage earners, he can not imagine how she was for the reading of three children, to pay all the circumstances of the home, save such a sum of "money" left to him.
Each scene of the quarrel scene flashed in front of his eyes ... ... he remembered that every time they quarrel for money quarrel fierce, she will tell him that she is not the day to know where to go the money. He hates his suspicions and cautiousness, he hates himself because she does not often wear this he bought for the expensive coat and angry, quarrel, and even said she was born poor life of the ruthless.
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Marriage in the boring day is long, in the boring and long years, silently for another person, think of their lives beyond the distance, this is not love, what is it!

2016年12月22日 (木)

When any nation is unable or unwilling to provide

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The duty of the Admiralty and the War Office is to keep their armaments abreast of the national endeavour. It is folly to do more: it is madness to do less. The duty of the Foreign Minister is to restrain and hold back his policy, and to prevent it from ambitiously outrunning the capacity of the armaments which are at his disposal. If he does otherwise the end is likely to be humiliation and disaster.

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It may possibly appear absurd to dwell with so much insistence upon a pair of propositions which, when they are set down in black and white, will at once be accepted as self-evident by ninety-nine men out of a hundred. But plain and obvious as they are, none in the whole region of politics have been more frequently ignored. These two principles have been constantly presenting themselves to the eyes of statesmen in a variety of different shapes ever since history began Business Programme BBA.

2016年11月21日 (月)

Left sleeping position on the health of the best

If you're a snorer, pregnant or just want to show your body some love, try sleeping on your left tonight cruise ship jobs.

There's bad news for those of us who do it on our backs, on our tummies, on our right-hand side, spooning - or even hanging upside down. We are, of course, talking about sleeping.

The position we sleep in may not be the sort of thing worth paying much attention to, but it can have a huge impact on our health.

As the Daily Record reports, sleeping on your left side is the least harmful position for your spine1.

If you lie on your back, there is a danger you'll end up putting too much pressure on your hips2 and upper back.

If you prefer to sleep on your front, then this can lead to neck and lower back strain.

Whereas sleeping on your left-hand side can do you the world of good. The body is able to take the pressure off lymph drainage from the heart and spleen, which is crucial for encouraging the natural flow of lymph fluid and preventing lymphatic congestion3.

As positions go, it's also better for your breathing - especially if you find yourself congested of a nighttime.

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By encouraging them to lie on their left, the volume and frequency of their snoring will be reduced hk warrants.

That's because lying on your side gives optimum air flow to your lungs and prevents the base of your tongue from lolling into the back of your throat, obstructing4 breathing.

If you suffer from heartburn, sleeping on your left can reduce the uncomfortable symptoms and reduce acid reflux.


Women expecting a baby are advised to adopt this position when falling asleep to encourage healthy blood flow.

And on a more toilet-related topic , adopting the left-hand side will allow your body to process waste quicker, which in turn helps guard you against constipation cuboid mini 80w.

Because of the route the intestines5 take, lying on the left means food is able to travel easier towards your colon6.

2016年11月 3日 (木)

Become a friend is the perfect victory

The mouse is the mountain of the pet, it asked the descendants of the mountain as a back to ordinary animals Новости туризма.

"In the animal world, the elephant is the strongest. You must conquer the elephant after you descend to be eligible to return to me. Otherwise, you will stay in the animal world forever."

The rats agreed to the conditions of the mountain.

But the mouse came to the animal kingdom, they feel it is a rash promise to the mountain gods. Because it is to the animal kingdom, found himself a small and weak animal, to beat the elephant is simply fantasy, it is regretted.

But the mouse decided to give it a try. He wondered if he'd gotten into the elephant's long nose and blocked the elephant's trachea with the body, forcing it to breathe.

That day, it took the elephant to eat the leaves of the machine, quietly into the elephant's nose, ready to implement its plan.

Unexpectedly, just go a short distance, the elephant feel itchy, they suddenly hit a sneeze, the mouse only heard a loud rang, suddenly feel dizzy, like shells were fired at the same height, landing after the whole body like broken The same pain.

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The elephant thought, this mouse looks small, appetite is not small, really hateful. Then, as soon as the mouse was seen, the elephant took its big foot on the mouse.

Since then, the mouse is always far away from the elephant. It does not want to ask for it.

Can be a bolt. One day, the elephant fell into the hunter set the giant network. It struggled for a long time did not escape.

Mouse, this is a godsend, the elephant is now no resistance, as long as I dig a few holes in its vital site, it will be dead, and I do not beat the elephant yet?

However, the mouse to see the poor elephant appearance, and could not bear to start. Its conscience tells it that it should save the elephant.

So, it began to use its sharp teeth bite the net and the rope, I do not know how long, that giant network there has been a big gap, elephants suddenly a force, drilled out from the giant network.

Elephant from this thing, see the mouse valuable side, it decided to forge a friendship with the mouse, of course, rats are also willing to pay elephant this kind-hearted friend ground transfers in Hong Kong.

Thus, rats and elephants of the war for the jade silk.

Soon, the mountain god found the mouse, the mouse said: "I have not beat the elephant, it is probably impossible."

"You have turned your opponent into a friend," said the mountain god. "Is there any more perfect victory in the world?"