Still in Shanghai. I watched a couple movies in theaters recently. I mention “in theaters” because here in China, any movie playing in theaters can be bought on DVD, sometimes even legally. Unlike theaters in the U.S., movies can have different prices. If I remember right, they range from about 30 RMB to 90 RMB (about $4 to $12 USD). It depends on the time of day, how long the movie has been out, and the movie’s popularity. Oh and I find the seats way more comfortable than the ones at the theaters back home (California).
The Warlords / 投名状
Wow this was one crappy movie. Takeshi Kaneshiro can model but he shouldn’t act. You can take any of his scenes from this movie and turn it into a facial cleanser commercial. The battles were boring and looked fake, and the musical score was a ripoff of Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Assembly / 集结号
Pretty good. This movie is about a soldier who fought for the Chinese Communists against the Nationalists, and later the Americans in Korea, but it refrained from portraying any side as good or bad. It’s simply one guy trying to get his deceased brethren the recognition they deserve. The battle scenes were first rate, like Saving Private Ryan, Flags of Our Fathers, etc.
That’s all for now.