Review: Detective Chinatown 2

[Image: Sorry there’s no image, I already wasted enough time to write a synopsis for this potentially great film tainted by too much poo. ]

Verdict:  A sequel whose quality lives up to the original, with a tight, intriguing detective story and almost no wasted plot points.  Unfortunately, the humor moves from voyeurism and verbal misogyny to straight-up sexual harassment from the leads, and ended with a  huge  f- you to the audience  from the director Chen Sicheng that made me decide to never see another movie by him again.

In Detective Chinatown 2, scriptwriter-director Chen Sicheng proves himself once more as a talented scriptwriters and directors, but also the  misogynistic jerk we all know he is. The sequel features a whodunnit story that’s just as compelling, full of plot twists, and sharply written as the first one.  Tang Ren (Wang Baoqiang) and  ( Liu Haoran) once shine as the buddy cop pair, this time joined by the welcomed addition of Xiao Yang, the new guy framed for a series of mysterious murders in New York City.

Unfortunately, the story’s treatment of its female characters left me with so much bitter taste it’s hard to enjoy it.   With two women in fridges, multiple sexual harassments and one incident that I think looked like sexual assault by Tang Ren, a cheap plot of “she-left-me-for-money” to get rid of the former female lead (Tong Liya), the story was oozing with misogyny.

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Review: Detective Chinatown

Easily one of the best mysteries and best comedies of the past few years, Detective Chinatown is a sure crowd pleaser.

A belated review for one of my favorite films of 2016 to get ready for the sequel. Detective Chinatown 2 will be distributed by Warner Bros in the U.S. and will open in 48 markets (biggest in a long time for a Chinese film).

A clean and twist-filled mystery embellished with well-executed humor and splashes of romance kept me on the edge of my seats  for Detective Chinatown 唐人街探案. The buddy cop flick from actor-turned-director Chen Sicheng  proves that he continues to be one of China’s best young commercial directors.
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Shanghai’s gang lords unveiled in new teaser for Great Expectations

The new trailer for Great Exectations 远大前程 focuses on second generation mob bosses Huang Jinrong, Du Yuesheng and Zhang Xiaolin, played by veteran actors Ni Dahong (Intrude the Widow Village at Midnight), Zhao Lixin (Chinese Style Relationship) and Liu Yijun (Lost Love in Times) respectively.

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Weibo Wednesday: February 10, 2016

Ruby Lin with giant pizza

林心如: 這麼大!是想逼死誰[馋嘴][馋嘴][馋嘴]

A belated Happy Chinese New Year to all of our beloved Cfensi readers! Who else stuffed themselves silly with delicious food? It looks like Ruby Lin did too, although I hope y’all had better food than pizza. (I mean, no offense to pizza, which I love, but it just can’t compare with good Chinese food.)

So big! Who do you want to hound to death?

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Weibo Wednesday: December 31, 2014

Happy last day of the year! We hope that 2014 wraps up well for all of our Cfensi readers, and that 2015 will be an even better year! No earth-shattering news in this Weibo Wednesday round-up, but there are some cute animals and the usual pack of cute kids.

Crystal Liu Yifei with baby elephant

刘亦菲: 它太萌了我受不了

Crystal Liu Yifei hung out with a baby elephant at the beginning of the month. So adorable! Have another photo below the cut:

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“Beijing Love ” conquers all box office records

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True love not only melts icy kingdoms, but also box office records.

If you thought a month was fast for breaking box office records, Beijing Love Story 北京爱情故事 is here to prove you wrong. The Chen Sicheng– film used the double holiday on Friday to their advantage to take in 120 million RMB on opening day, breaking the previous record for highest box office for a 2D film made by “Dad, where are we going?” just 15 days ago.

The romance (plotwise unrelated to the series of the same name) stars newlyweds Chen Sicheng and Tong Liya as well as Carina Lau, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Yu Nan, Wang Xuebing, Wang Qingxiang, Siqin Gaowa, Ouyang Nana, and Liu Haoran. As with the series, Chen Sicheng is both the director and head scriptwriter.   For those of you in North America, the film is currently showing major cities across the US and Canada.

Listen to the pretty theme song by new 2013 favorite Xiaoke below:

News round-up

Film

  • Former Marvel CEO, Shanghai Film Group  to create Terracotta super hero.
  • Production set for US-China coproduction The Moon and the Sun starring Fan Bingbing as a mermaid captured to the court of 17th century France.
  • Ann Hui’s The Golden Era releases posters. The bioepic on author Xiao Hong stars Tang Wei, Feng Shaofeng.

Celeb

  • Yang Mi is three months pregnant with Hawick Lau’s kid.
  • Tong Liya, Chen Sicheng  hold a traditional wedding on Happy Camp
  • Top Combine former member Li Mao joins Huace (New Duke of Mount Deer, Semi-gods and demi-devils) ,  stars with BBFF’s 70 in a self-made film Joker.
  • Lee Jinglei bakes cookies, I wish Wang Leehom was hugging me.

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Tong Liya, Chen Sicheng wedding photos

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“…Sichen and my love, went in the direction of marriage from the very start. No searchings, no uncertainties, he’s always loved me with his heart, and I’ve never wavered.”

Joining the January marriage/wedding club are Tong Liya, Chen Sicheng, who held their wedding this Wednesday in Tahiti. The couple met and started dating during the filming of Beijing Love Story, for which they were the leads and Chen Sicheng was the director and scriptwriter. More photos from the wedding below the cut.

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Tong Liya, Chen Sicheng will marry next week, Yang Mi, Hawick Lau married in Bali

And like this, yet another one of C-entertainment’s golden couples decides to take their relationship to the next level. Chen Sicheng, who was born in the year of the horse, told the media that he would “马上” (literally, “on the horse,”; more commonly translated as “immediately”) marry his goddess (Tong Liya). (What’s more, he’s also rumored to have hinted at a “having the next generation during the year of the horse”). They will be married in Taihiti on January 16. (1). A few couple pictures below the cut.

Meanwhile, their co-star from Beijing Love Story Yang Mi recently held her wedding ceremony with Hawick Lau in Bali. A few pictures below the cut; you can find more pictures here. Tang Yan was their only media star attendee (as they wanted to keep the event low key), though Hawick’s actor father was also present. Yang Mi teared up during the ceremony; best of luck to them all!

The real deal, this time around.

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