Exhilarating, docu-drama-like ride with a squad of Beijing plainclothes crime-hunters.
Jackie Chan bounces back in a modern action-adventure aimed squarely at kids.
Standard, rather old-fashioned, martial arts mystery generates no real drama.
Entertaining action drama boasts strong performances but an unfocused script.
Lost in Thailand
Reteaming of lead actors from road comedy Lost on Journey is more hyper but cleverly crafted.
Lost on Journey
Good chemistry between the two leads makes for an enjoyable, odd-couple road movie.
Local documentaries strong at Taipei B.O.
Beyond Beauty and Twelve Nights in top three
Lost in Thailand secures Taiwan import quota
Release of Touch of Sin uncertain
Thailand maintains production services growth
44 incoming feature films as of August 2013
Crime thrillers recognised at China Media Awards
Taiwan's Touch of the Light also awarded
Enlight Media reports 112% rise in profit
Film and television division revenue up 320%
The power of the author in China and Hollywood
Directors' guilds compare notes
Thailand: Good times, bad times
Competition threatens SE Asian country's lead
So Young enters China's all-time top ten
Local films take 7 of 10 top spots
Berlin File opens 15th Udine
Films from China, Japan and South Korea dominate
Lost in translation
Selling and marketing Chinese-language films overseas is becoming trickier
Lost discovered as Asia's top BO title
Chinese film to receive Asian Film Award
1942 gets theatrical on demand boost
China Lion adds marketing deal, Lost releases in US
Lost in Thailand is lost to Taiwan
Road movie comedy barred by quota
Grandmaster has masterful BO debut
Lost in Thailand closes in on $200m
China BO exceeds RMB17 billion
Local production surges
Xu joins one billion club
Road movie comedy crosses US$160m on New Year's Day
China loses ground as BO surges
Local films' market share slips below 50%
Hong Kong sales executive shuffle
Changes at Golden Network, We and Edko
Asian buyers busy at EFM
Pickups include teen fantasy, paranormal thriller, spoof horror
Network adds Cherry, Yugo to lineup
Berlin deals for Seefood, Sundance titles Pact, Teddy Bear
Asia distributors Rush for F1 race epic
More AFM deals
Network discovers new Identity
Directorial debut for already in-demand writer
Enlight shares leap on debut
Film company IPO bucks global market trend
Chan's Mural strikes Homerun
Enlight's action-fantasy-romance finds Singapore home
Mural adorns Golden Network lineup
Gordon Chan fantasy action epic launches sales
Genre films score deals at Berlin market
Several high-profile genre films have found new homes at EFM
Lost finds box office glory in China
By Stephen Cremin
Thu, 20 December 2012, 11:25 AM (HKT)
Mainland comedy Lost in Thailand 人再囧途之泰囧 has broken a series of box office records in China, including best December opening and the highest admissions and box office income for a domestic film on a single day.
The road movie opened on 12 Dec with RMB39.0 million ($6.26 million), setting a record for a Wednesday release. In its first five days, to Sunday night, it had taken more than RMB300 (US$48.2 million) in China.
According to sales agent Golden Network Asia Ltd 嘉聯娛樂亞洲有限公司, the box office income on Saturday, 15 Dec, set records for a Mainland film, taking RMB92.9 million ($14.9 million) on 2.78 million admissions.
Although official box office numbers will not be available until next week, it is now estimated to have exceeded 14 million admissions by last night, with box office at approximately RMB450 million ($72.2 million) after eight days on release.
The story, directed by and starring comic XU Zheng 徐崢, travels from Bangkok to Chiang Mai as business rivals within the same company track their boss to secure the paperwork that will secure their financial futures.
The film stars Xu and HUANG Bo 黃渤 as the two business rivals and WANG Baoqiang 王寶強 as a kind-hearted travel companion that Xu picks up en route after losing his passport, who leads him to question his life's priorities.
Despite a similar cast, it is not an official sequel to the critically acclaimed Lost on Journey 人在囧途 (2010), which is preparing an official sequel with a script by YANG Qing 楊慶, the director of One Night in Supermarket 夜・店 (2009).
The box office of Thailand demonstrates the recent success of actors who have gone behind the camera as directors.
Lost in Thailand is financed and distributed by Beijing Enlight Pictures Co Ltd 北京光線影業有限公司, who have had a strong year at the box office with The Four 四大名捕 and critically with awards for Beijing Blues 神探亨特張.