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Archive for February 23rd, 2008

The Golden Rock - February 23rd, 2008 Edition

- It’s Taiwan music charts time! This week, sales are pretty evened out, as Gary Chaw’s album managed to take the top spot again, thanks to a new version of his album. It knocked off Aska Yang’s album from its 4-week streak at the top too. Meanwhile, only one album debuted on the top ten, and that was Koda “I’m like…really sorry” Kumi’s latest album with 2.47% of total sales.

- The Hong Kong Film Festival tickets went on sale today. This year, the festival includes several premieres from established Hong Kong directors, including Ann Hui’s The Way We Are, Lawrence Lau’s City Without Baseball, and film critic Shu Kei’s co-directed effort Coffee Or Tea. I have tickets to none of those, and yet I got tickets to 10 other films. It’s a crowded festival, indeed.

- Continuing with yesterday’s story about Shukan Bunshun’s worst films of 2007, Ryuganji has a thorough report on not only on the worst 10 list, but also the so-called best 10 list that they put together as well.

- After a serious of violent demonstrations over its historical inaccuracies, authorities in an Indian Hindu region has suspended screenings of the big-budget film Jodhaa Akbar, the latest film from the director of the Oscar-nominated Lagaan. The distributor/producer has vowed to fight the suspension.

- It’s review time! This week, Japan Times’ Mark Schilling reviews the running-themed drama Naoko, starring Juri Ueno and was mentioned earlier this week in the box office report.

- I’ve learned two things from the user-voted results of the Yahoo! Music Awards in Japan: Singing three albums’ worth of cover songs can get you Best Male Artist, and someone who had a PR disaster from being extremely rude at her own film’s premiere can still have a successful music career.

- In an effort to try and push its box office to match Kung Fu Hustle, CJ7’s distributor have lowered ticket prices to HK$45 for all general admissions at all cinemas (a general admission ticket costs anywhere from $55 to $75 in Hong Kong). That strategy isn’t going to work when the film had only so-so word-of-mouth, but good luck anyway!

The Golden Rock - February 22nd, 2008 Edition

- Hong Kong saw five films enter the box office charts on opening day yesterday. Nevertheless, expect Hollywood films Jumper and Enchanted fight for the top spot for the weekend. Among the opening films, the horror film The Mist did the best with HK$253,000 from 24 screens. The other wide release, the Rashomon-style thriller Vantage Point, opened on 29 screens for an opening of HK$173,000. In limited releases, Oscar nominees Juno and No Country For Old Men opened to respectable grosses, making HK$137,000 from 11 screens and HK$97,000 from 7 screens, respectively. The 5th non-Oscar nominated limited release, The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, made HK$47,000 from 3 screens on opening day. More on Monday.

-  According to Hong Kong newspapers, Japanese weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun has named Genghis Kahn: To The Ends of the Earth and Sea the worst film of 2007. I kind of called it OK in my review, but really, it was pretty laughably bad.

Here is the top (bottom?) ten films (original Japanese list):

1) Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea
2) Koizora (Sky of Love)
3) Last Love (the one with Misaki Ito and Masakazu Tamura)
4) Love Never to End (Ai No Rukeichi)
5) Kantoku Banzai
6) Dororo
7) Saiyuki
8) For Those We Love
9) Hero (come on, it wasn’t THAT bad)
10) (tie) Inland Empire and The Mourning Forest

Source from Apple Daily

- Looks like the ban of Hollywood films in China is coming to an end, as three Hollywood films have been greenlit for release in March: 10,000 B.C., The Golden Compass, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

- Not again: Deceased Japanese pop star Zard will see another one of her unreleased songs released to make a few bucks, and it will even be used as the theme song for the new Detective Conan movie. How thorough did her record company search her place to find these recordings?

- Twitch has a more violent trailer of Dennis “Love @ First Note” Law’s latest Fatal Move. It could be good, but it’s Dennis Law, so I can’t say I have a lot of faith in it. Certainly looks category III, though. Copyright © 2002-2018 Ross Chen