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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My Ol’ Classmate releases stills

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“Someday, I’ll take you to a place that belongs only to us…” The young actors Zhang Zifeng and Li Jiacheng show off how adorable they are.

Bu Bu Jing Qing finally got a release date attached to it, but I’m disappointed that we won’t be getting out 14th Prince back…but hey, at least we’ll get to see Lin Gengxin costar with Zhou Dongyu (another really tall prince of the Qing dynasty for the Mou girl!) for upcoming movie My Ol’ Classmate. (It’s been such a long time since our last post, you can refresh your memory with regards to the synopsis). The two go through junior high, high school, and college together: and somehow, with Zhou Dongyu’s eternal youth and the playful mischief on Lin Gengxin’s*  face, you can (kind of) believe it! Parts of the movie take place in America.

*Yeah, right. Have you ever seen a 186 cm tall junior high school student? Lin Gengxin and Zhou Dongyu are actually played by younger actors (Zhang Zifeng and Li Jiacheng) for parts of their youth…and you’d be surprised by how similar those kids look to their grown-up counterparts. Look for stills below the cut, and look forward to a movie with a simple, but pure love. The movie will be released on April 25th. Continue reading