High Tech, Low Life – the movie

| June 17th, 2013

Just a reminder, this is available on iTunes on June 18, 2013

“Zola” in High Tech, Low Life. Photo Credit: Stephen Maing.

New York, May 20, 2013 – HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE, award-winning filmmaker Stephen Maing’s chronicle of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country  documenting underreported news and social issues stories while facing censorship for leaping China’s ‘Great Firewall’ – will  be released June 18 on iTunes in North America, with a roll-out on other digital platforms [...]Read more…

China’s First Citizen Reporters Leaping the Great Firewall Chronicled in High Tech, Low Life

| May 21st, 2013
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“Zola” in High Tech, Low Life. Photo Credit: Stephen Maing.

New York, May 20, 2013 – HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE, award-winning filmmaker Stephen Maing’s chronicle of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country  documenting underreported news and social issues stories while facing censorship for leaping China’s ‘Great Firewall’ – will  be released June 18 on iTunes in North America, with a roll-out on other digital platforms to follow, through the Sundance Institute Artist Services program and its [...]Read more…

Mainland female medical student shoots erotic film in Hong Kong to earn 4 million for opening clinic

| September 27th, 2012
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From Netease:

“Due West: Our Sex Journey”, the Hong Kong’s 3D erotic film (literally translated as 3rd grade film in Chinese, see Hong Kong motion picture rating system) was released to the public, and the bold performance of WangLi Danni, an actress from mainland China attracted huge attention. According to the reports of Hong Kong media, WangLi Danni claimed to be a medical student in Shanghai, and the reason for playing in an erotic film was to earn 4million RMB in [...]Read more…

Want to escape the end of the world? Ticket for Noah’s Ark 2012 sold on Taobao

| December 24th, 2011
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From Information Times:

In the movie 2012, Dec 21st is the end of the world. On this special day, mountains fall down, earth crack, landslides and tsunamis are everywhere. In the movie, Chinese people made a Noah’s Ark in Tibet and only government officials and rich people in the world can afford the tickets. But in Taobao(www.taobao.com), a Chinese online shopping web, you can buy a Noah’s Ark ticket of 1 billion Euros with only 3 RMB (less than $0.5). It [...]Read more…

Man without money is garbage, marriage is a large transaction

| December 1st, 2011
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Recently a viral video broke out on the Internet: In a crowded subway, a woman was angrily cursing at a man, apparently her boyfriend, sitting next to her. The woman speaking in a typical Beijing accent continuously scolded her boyfriend, said “man without money is garbage” and do not dream to marry her without money. Though being verbally abused in public, wearing a hat, boyfriend kept his head down quietly. Girlfriend did not stop cursing, and called the man “useless” [...]Read more…

“Mao Zedong” film casting not yet finalized, but many Weibo users know who they want

| September 6th, 2011
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Casting for the highly anticipated film Mao Zedong has not yet been finalized, but Weibo users seem to know who they want playing Mao. Rumors spread on Weibo yesterday that Jiang Wen was chosen, and one a Chinese film critic challenged his followers to produce Photoshops of what Jiang would look like playing Mao.

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Transformers sequel in China: huge box office, bad reviews

| August 9th, 2011
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From Douban:

Transformer: Dark of the Moon is certainly a blockbuster. It has a huge box office in Mainland China, already as much as 0.7 billion. The box office opening in Mainland China on August 4th also outnumbered Harry Porter. While its spectacular visual special effect is well received as usual, compared to its box office, the Dark of the Moon has been rated relatively low in many websites like Douban, a popular and growing social networking website in China. The [...]Read more…

"No more time-travel drama", authority says it disrespects history

| April 3rd, 2011
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From QQ:

Now there’s an interesting trend in China’s film and television industry: more and more time-travel themed dramas are made and aired. In these time-travel based TV plays, usually the protagonist is from the modern time and for some reasons and via some means, travels through time and all the way back to the ancient China where he/she will constantly experience the "culture shock" but gradually get used to it and eventually develop a romance in that era. Though [...]Read more…

Red Light Revolution

| June 9th, 2010
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“In 1993, a businessman named Wen Jingfeng opened China’s first adult sex shop in Beijing. Since then, sex shops have been opened across the country, as the foreign media interpreted as the major symbol of China’s reform”. (From early post: Sexual repression of the stay at home women in China’s rural areas)

The societal views towards sex in China have gone a long way since the old days. However there are still far more uncertainties and inconsistencies about sexuality in [...]Read more…

Avatar tickets in China most expensive in the world

| January 8th, 2010
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Avatar ticket prices will go up next week in China because the demand is so great, which means the ticket prices for the movie in IMAX-3D will be the highest in the world! Chinese netizens are complaining that, people in China, where the average income is 20 times lower than the U.S., have to pay three times as much as the people in the U. S for the same ticket. There are even talks of viewing strikes on the BBS [...]Read more…

“Jin Ping Mei” the movie featuring AV actress airs in Japan

| December 26th, 2009
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From Netease:

Jin Ping Mei or The Plum in the Golden Vase (金瓶梅) is sometimes considered to be the fifth classical novel after the Four Great Classical Novels. It is the first full length Chinese fictional work to depict sexuality in a graphically explicit manner. Known for centuries as pornographic material and banned officially most of the time in China, the book is nevertheless surreptitiously read by many of the educated class. The newest film “Jin Ping Mei” featuring Japanese adult [...]Read more…

Avatar photoshop kuso

| December 19th, 2009
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[From MOP:] Avatar is a 2009 epic American science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron who also directed Titanic.  The making of the film took 10 years. The film is estimated to have cost over $300 million to produce, and another estimated $200 million for the distribution and other costs, thus totaling to about half a billion dollars.

To worship this epic film, one netizen photoshops various stars into his own epic work. Sheng Dan Shi Zuo Pin = [...]Read more…

Chinese netizen lists the most worth watching horror movies

| December 11th, 2009
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From MOP: Looking for a good scary movie for the weekend? Chinese netizen recommends a list of horror movies that are the most worth watching.  Surprisingly most of them are from Korea and Thailand, then followed by Japan.

I always think good horror movie should not be purely gruesome and purely scary. When people finish watching a good horror movie other than feeling scared, they should also ponder some social issues…  Enough talking, let’s start the pictures.

Chinese name: 变鬼(609猛鬼套房) [...]Read more…

One Chinese Blogger’s View on “Transformers 2”

| June 23rd, 2009
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One Chinese Blogger posted his view on “Transformers 2” on QQ:

Basically, “Transformers 2” is more “transformed” than “Transformers”, but writing a regular file critic is like “please write down the feeling of driving a Chevrolet” or “please analyze the characteristics of how KFC taste” dry and boring. Therefore, I will write it unconventionally.

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