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[VFF2018] Defining Joy, not July, in Soulmate (七月与安生) — A Movie Review

4 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Plays at Victoria Film Festival 2018
Wed | February 7 | 9:15 PM | Capitol 6
Purchase tickets here.

In North American terms Lin (Lin “July” Qiyue in the subtitles, played by Ma Sichun) and Anshen (Ansheng, Zhou Dongyu) are BFFs. In Chinese terms, they are Soul Mates (七月与安生) — also the title of this movie. Technically, the kanji spells out their names as the title of the film. As they come of age and become adults, their bond never fell apart, and this fact highlights this drama.

However, the plot needs a conflict to show what can happen which could potentially split them apart. When Chen Jia Ming (Tobey Lee) enters into their lives, one is the hopeless romantic and the other, respecting her ‘sister,’ does not even try. There’s no cat fight as this movie is more about their personal bond than their interest in Ming. These two beautiful actresses are rising stars from Mainland China and their sisterhood shines very brightly here. I can’t wait to see Dongyu in Tsui Hark’s The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (奇門遁甲), a fantasy – science fiction film. Well Go Entertainment released this title to limited markets in December and I hope a video release is coming soon!

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Chinese Eatery Offers Bigger Discount to Bigger Breasts

7 Aug

Photo by Zuidd.com

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

A restaurant chain in China came under fire, according to the Qianjiang Evening Post, after locals complained of “vulgar advertising” to their local council. Trendy Shrimp with two locations in the Lake and Binjiang District of Hangzhou city in Eastern China’s Zhejiang province, advertised discounts for women based on their bra size. The company’s ad depicted a line-up of cartoon women in their underwear. According to BBC News the ad slogan read “The whole city is looking for BREASTS”. On the side of the advertisement was a chart telling female customers how much of a discount they could get off their meal depending on their bra size. Women with a G-cup could get 65% off. The advertisements first appeared on August 1, 2017.

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[VFF ’16] Life with McDull: Me & My Mom, A Movie Review

11 Feb

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

mcdull-me-and-my-mum-2Unless audiences are from Hong Kong or is familiar with Chinese pop culture, the anthropomorphic pig named McDull (麥兜) may not be as well-known internationally. He’s very popular in parts of China, with plenty of merchandise to collect, and the appeal for this character is because of his perseverance to succeed. Love for this piglet is probably just as big as Japan’s Hello Kitty. Both are cute in their own way but the needs of a piglet do not outweigh the irresistible power of a cat.

At least in the latest film, McDull: Me & My Mum, a look back at this swine’s origins is in order. He is older and perhaps a bit wiser. He’s now a respected detective and is recognized by the name of Bobby Mak instead of his baby name. When he is called in to solve a death, his quick powers of observation save the day. If his deduction is true, no homicide took place. Everyone at the mansion is required to wait, and when the kids arrive, somebody has to entertain them. Mak recounts his life to them and he particularly emphasizes the closeness he had with his mother. From his days as a kid to his formative young adult years, she’s protected, given her sage advice and raised him like any mother would. She even tried to be a superhero, but an astronaut she is not. The metaphors are obvious, because the hospital she goes for that “space training” means she is ill. To a very young mind, to process certain situations can be tough.

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[VFF’15] Exploring China’s Super Boy Contest with I Am Here, A Review

17 Feb

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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4:00pm Feb 7
6:00pm Feb 15
The Vic Theatre

Super Boy or Happy Boy (快乐男声) is China’s answer to North American competition television shows like American Idol or Survivor. The cultural impact is huge because the program creates legions of fans pining for their favourite teenaged heart-throb to win, and the marketing potential is high — the winner gets a recording contract, has to tour and generate revenue for the Hunan Satellite Television Network, the broadcaster of this program.

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