Resurrection takes China BO record
By Stephen Cremin
Tue, 24 July 2012, 17:45 PM (HKT)
Resurrection has taken the box office record from Let the Bullets Fly 讓子彈飛 (2010) which made RMB674 million. It had narrowly taken the record from Aftershock 唐山大地震 (2010), which had taken RMB665 million a few months earlier.
Due to the higher ticket prices of the 3-D Resurrection, it has yet to match the admission records of either film. At an average ticket price of RMB44 ($6.90), it has been viewed by 15.5 million people in cinemas.
Resurrection was ranked second at the box office last week behind another action-fantasy, The Four 四大名捕. The 2-D film has now made RMB151.9 million ($23.8m million) in China. A sequel is currently shooting.
In third place, CHEN Kaige 陳凱歌's contemporary drama Caught in the Web 搜索 has now taken RMB147 million (US$23 million) in 16 days. His most recent film, the historical drama Sacrifice 趙氏孤兒 (2010), made RMB199 million (US$31.1 million).
The strongest new film last week was Bunshinsaba 筆仙 (pictured), South Korea's AN Byung-ki 안병기 | 安兵基's Chinese-language remake of his own Bunshinsaba: Ouija Board 분신사바 (2004). The horror took RMB32.0 million (US$5.01 million) in 7 days.
Another local horror, The Death Is Here 筆仙驚魂, released in June used a similar Chinese name and poster art inspired by the original South Korean horror. It made RMB23.3 million ($3.64 million) in cinemas.
Long-limbed drama is surprisingly moving without being a simple tearjerker.
Exhilarating, docu-drama-like ride with a squad of Beijing plainclothes crime-hunters.
Slickly mounted horror, by the same director as the 2004 South Korean film, offers few scares.
Caught in the Web
Chen Kaige's superbly crafted drama about internet and media abuse has a cast at the top of its game.
The Death Is Here
Effective low-end horror movie with a more than solid cast of up-and-comers.
Standard, rather old-fashioned, martial arts mystery generates no real drama.
Let the Bullets Fly
A richly entertaining Oriental Western anchored by a well-honed, ironic script and terrific performances.
Painted Skin: The Resurrection
Slick fantasy vehicle for three Mainland stars is in a different league to the 2008 film.
Involving drama of powerplay and revenge sports some great performances and only occasional lapses in tone.
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