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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.

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