Big, trashy, pan-Chinese action drama is entertaining enough at a popcorn level.
Tiny Times 1
Super-glossy, very Shanghai tale of four girly friends and their loves and careers.
China to stamp out "box office stealing"
New regulations have wide industry support
China B.O. up 27% in 2013
Domestic films take 59% market share
Like Father Like Son, Lunchbox top 56th APFF
Zhang, Tsai win acting honours once more
Grandmaster leads Asia-Pacific award nominations
Snowpiercer and Lunchbox also recognised
Tiny Times 3 set to begin production
New film announced on Guo Jingming's microblog
China box office up 35% in 2013
Local films' revenue grows 93.8% year-on-year
Zhang Yimou's Return starts production
Drama stars Gong Li and Chen Daoming
Chen Kaige to adapt Taoist Mountain
Reports of Zhang Yimou's Quasimodo refuted
Tiny Times finds audiences in HK and Taiwan
Guo Jingming outperforms Feng Xiaogang in Taipei
Chinese films opening in N. American cinemas
Tiny Times, Drug War, Grandmaster set for release
Zhang Yimou's new film gets govt green light
Chinese auteur's first film at Le Vision Pictures
Huayi forecasts 300% rise in profits
Television, talent and theatrical up in 2013
China box office up 36% in H1 2013
Domestic films secure 62.3% market share
Tai Chi defeated by Blind Detective in China
Keanu Reeves' action film lands soft opening blows
Competition closes in on Tiny Times
Blind Detective may dethrone hit youth drama; Tai Chi opens soft
Tiny is huge in China
Youth drama matches Lost in Thailand's opening; outsells Painted Skin II
Steel trumps Badges in China
Superman beats Jet Li and Wen Zhang at the box office
Calling for diversity in Chinese cinema
High-powered Shanghai panel on trends, opportunities and Switch
Stone and To ignite Shanghai
Two auteurs on Edward Snowden, screen violence and Hong Kong cinema's identity
High profile Chinese films lock dates
Dates for Badges of Fury, The Palace, My Lucky Star and Monkey King
Huayi and its place in Chinese cinema
James Wang on int'l ambitions, genres and 3-D
Shanghai struts its A-list credentials
World's two biggest film industries face-off in China
Zhang Yimou joins Le Vision Pictures
Director in "exclusive deal" with online video firm
Huayi thinks big
Seven forthcoming titles to be released in IMAX format
Shanghai off to razzle-dazzle start
Chinese festival launches with exceptional red carpet parade
Distribution sector must find new models
Lively panel discussion at ScreenSingapore
Tiny Times sets China opening day record
By Kevin Ma
Fri, 28 June 2013, 23:35 PM (HKT)
Including early screenings on Tuesday night, the film made RMB73 million (US$11.88 million) on Wednesday 27 June, according to a post by ZHANG Zhao 張昭, president of distributor Le Vision Pictures Co Ltd 樂視影業（北京）有限公司 on his Weibo microblog. Other estimates put that number as high as RMB77.4 million.
Guo has a huge fan base in China among females under 20-years-old. With schools currently on summer holiday, Tiny Times — about the friendship between four young women in Shanghai as they enter the world of work and relationships — is expected to perform strongly even on weekdays.
On Weibo, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation 華誼兄弟傳媒股份有限公司' James WANG 王中磊 praised the film for creating a new genre of "fan movies" and congratulated Guo for creating the China equivalent of Twilight, while China Film Group Corporation 中國電影集團公司' ZHANG Qiang 張強 wrote that Tiny Times will make a great case study for targeting films at specific demographics.
Tiny Times has also drawn fierce criticism.
Screenwriter and film critic CHENG Qingsong 程青松 wrote that "Tiny Times and Switch 天機・富春山居圖 have brought Chinese cinema into the worse of times." In a China Daily editorial, Raymond ZHOU 周黎明 declared the glamorous lifestyle depicted in the film as the product of "sickening greed". Screenwriter NING Caishen 寧財神 acknowledged that the film was not made for someone his age.
The second Tiny Times movie is scheduled for release later this year. There are four books in Guo's original series.