Merely 6 days after its release, romantic comedy Finding Mr. Right <北京遇上西雅图>, has already reached 100 million RMB at the mainland Chinese box office. The film even beat Hollywood big-budget movies such as Resident Evil: Retribution 3D, A Good Day to Die Hard and the heavily promoted Jack the Giant Slayer.
Director Xue Xiao Lu’s (薛晓路)’s second project, Finding Mr. Right, features Tang Wei (汤唯) and Wu Xiubo (吴秀波). In the film, Tang Wei plays Jiajia, a young woman in Beijing who lives a luxurious life provided by her wealthy boyfriend. When Jiajia got pregnant, she goes to the United States, hoping that the baby will be born an American citizen. While waiting for the baby’s arrival, Jiajia loses contact with her boyfriend and suddenly finds that she is unable to make end meets. At this point, she meets Frank, played by Wu Xiubo, a doctor who offers help. The emotional entanglements between Tang Wei and the much older Wu Xiubo are heartfelt and touching.
Within its love story, the film weaves sensitive topics such as extramarital affairs, worshiping money, and the mainland trend of going to the United States to give birth. Due to the familiar subjects, Finding Mr. Right struck a cord with the local viewers and received positive reviews. Tang Wei also reveals her light-hearted side as a pregnant woman at a crossroads in life.
Unlike Hollywood movies which use special effects as their selling point, mainland Chinese movies tend to focus on a strong storyline, appealing to local tastes and leaving a deeper impression. As The Chef, The Actor, The Scoundrel’s <厨子戏子痞子> director Guan Hu (管虎) puts it, “Local-made films really touch on the viewers’ heart strings. After all, we are all from the same continent and naturally we have more interest in the topics and people here.”
Many people in the industry share the same viewpoint and are hopeful that the Chinese film industry will be able to dominate the market in the near future. Box office grosses for domestic films have reached unprecedented levels, such as Lost in Thailand <人再囧途之泰 囧> and Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons <西遊·降魔篇> both earning more than 1 billion RMB. An industry insider said, “There are indeed several great Hollywood productions. But they are more or less the same. It’s just like McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken. We can have them for a meal or two. For everyday meals, we still prefer our Beijing noodles.”
“Finding Mr. Right” Trailer
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This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.