Category Archives: Film

Creativity Nowhere to be Found in ‘Miss Granny’

In the month since its screen debut on January 8, the film 20 Once Again, also known as “Miss Granny,” has received some surprisingly negative responses. No one likes the ill-tempered old woman, including her daughter-in-law who ends up in a hospital due to...


Peking Opera Gets a 3D Reboot

The Taking of Tiger Mountain, a fairly modern Peking Opera, was recently adapted into a 3D film by director Hark Tsui. Although the film’s public reception has been lukewarm, reviewers said it offers an interesting take on a classic opera and the one-liners and...


Viewers Blast CCTV’s Cartoon Reboot

Last year, CCTV Kids rolled out New Big Head Son and Small Head Dad, a remake of one of the channel’s most popular cartoons of the 1990s. It was the network’s latest attempt to duplicate the success of an old show by updating it...


‘Oh My God’ Ranks 2015’s Worst

With its miserable one-star rating on Dsmovie, Oh My God is certainly in the running for worst film of 2015. The film has been panned by viewers and critics since its debut on December 4. The story follows two couples whose lives are changed...


Boxing Film Focused on Warmth, not Victory

Mixed martial arts come to China in Dante Lim’s Unbeatable. The film depicts the story of two down-and-out men who reignite their passion for life by participating in an MMA competition. Cheng Hui is a 48-year-old weight-loss coach and gym handyman living in the...


‘Fleet of Time’ Viewers Have Nothing but Venom

The famous novel Fleet of Time was adapted into an online drama earlier this year. While both the book and serial were popular with all ages, the new film version released on December 5 has been nothing short of reviled. Social media websites and...


Modern Fairytale Leaves One Heart Broken

Conventional wisdom holds that every woman will have two loves in her life: one a passionate playboy and the other tender and loyal. The confounding choice between the two is the topic of Don’t Break My Heart, where female lead Cheng Zixin, played by...


The Thrilling Story of Beijing’s Scariest House

Halloween is a month behind us, but it’s never too late for a good scare. The thriller The House That Never Dies (京城81号) is a great choice for any chill-seekers with a taste for Chinese horror. Inspired by the story of Chaonei No. 81, the...


French Film Depicts the Modern Chinese Family

After rave reviews abroad, the Sino-French co-production The Nightingale has finally landed on the mainland. Not to be confused with the fairytale of the same name, The Nightingale tells the story of a modern Chinese family. Zhu Zhigen is an old man who moves...


Ordinary Pig Inspires Viewers in New Cartoon

While most cartoons are for children, the McDull series is an exception. The innocent show has touched parents with its tale of a pig with a quite noticeable birthmark as he begins his adventures in kindergarten. McDull: Me and My Mom, the fifth episode...