Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Needing money desperately, Seo Gun finds Haneul in an attempt to extort money, but his plan backfires with both Gun and Haneul slowly falling in love with each other.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
The students in the judo club soon recognize Tao Hua as the girl with the 4 notorious brothers who would go to any lengths to keep guys away from their precious sister. On her way out of Shi Lang's school, she gets confronted by the guys in the judo club. Shi Lang comes to her rescue.
While leading Tao Hua away from the school, as Shi Lang tells Tao Hua off, she almost gets hit by a bus, but he saves her. However, this results in a chain reaction, and a line of cars are implicated.
Tao Hua's brothers get wind of her accident and demand to know what happen. From then on, they start to plan to make life miserable for Shi Lang.
Subsequently she has to duel with Shi Lang for a friendly judo match. This friendly match ends up with both Tao Hua and Shi Lang kissing by accident, when Tao Hua trips ove Shi Lang. After this incident, Shi Lang tells Tao Hua to not bother him anymore, and her brothers resort to sending her overseas for studies to forget Shi Lang... Next>>
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
That is until he meets Liang Mu Cheng, the new bento seller at his school canteen. Orphaned at a young age, Mu Cheng does not let her past affect her and lives life with great passion and determination. A harmless bet brings the two together and Guang Xi slowly changes as Mu Cheng teaches him how to give and love.
Tragedy strikes when Guang Xi suddenly has to go through a major brain surgery which causes him to lose his memory. His mother begs Mu Cheng to leave him and the latter has no choice but to do so. Little does she know that she is already with Guang Xi's child.
Six years pass. Mu Cheng lives a quiet life with her young son in the countryside, while Guang Xi is now a successful lawyer and engaged to He Yi Qian, the kind and beautiful doctor who took care of him after his surgery. A strangely familiar piano piece stirs Guang Xi's heart as he struggles to recall his past romance with Mu Cheng. How will the couple make up for six years of lost time? Happiness, which stop do I alight at?
And the sales reflected that. In six days the movie earned 50 million yuan its first six days, not the highest China’s seen, but a solid success and theChen Kun-Zhao Wei pairing was proclaimed a box office guarantee since their first on-screen pairing Painted Skin, also was a hit. But all those factors doesn’t mean good movie. Because while this movie has drummed up more overseas interest than other Chinese films this year, simply because of the name “Mulan” (thanks Disney!) this is not even close to being one of the better Chinese films of this year, or even of the holiday season. Expectations should have been low from the start since the director is Jingle Ma.
The general reviews have indicated that this film was “lacking”. At douban.com the rating is 6.4 which equates to “not really good but watchable”. If you want to read an English review Twitch has one, so does a A Nutshell Review. Consensus: acting’s pretty good – the directing is weird.
It’s was strange in the first place that A-list stars Chen Kun and Zhao Wei would choose to work with the director who butchered the other most famous cross-dressing feminist story in Chinese culture – Butterfly Lovers. That was panned critically AND was a box office bomb. It’s like Jingle Ma got rewarded for failure with a bigger cast, a bigger budget, and really good theme songs and singers, and an even more famous,at least internationally, Chinese classic to screw up.
It’s not to say Jingle Ma hasn’t had his share of good movies. He’s a rather famous Hong Kong director with a long career, and I really enjoyed one or two of his films like Fly Me to Polaris and Tokyo Raiders. But he’s no John Woo. He’s not consistent and his movies are a hit and miss, and frankly, more misses. He seems to make fun films better than serious ones, but serious was the direction he took Mulan, or at least tried to take it. There’s nothing in his resume that indicated he would make a good historical, culturally-significant epic and I just don’t understand why he was chosen for this film at all. Again, refer back to Butterfly Lovers.
So one should be perplexed at all the news and interest about this movie. It should've been assumed that this movie would be really average if not terrible a long time ago. It’s an wonderful story and likable enough cast. But…there’s just so many other, better Chinese movies to watch, and tons more films to look forward to.
In the meantime, it’s not an entire loss – promotions of the cast are always fun like Behind the Story interviews. In the first part below- the little girl sings the Henan Opera version of Mulan (cut for those who don’t want to watch the whole show).
Translation Credit: tammiest @ http://asianfanatics.net/
Jerry and Wu Zun—just who will play Extravagant Challenge’s leading man, Ren Tsuruga? After a year of back-and-forth, “You leave, and I’ll pick up,” (supposedly) affirmative news has finally come out: the drama is scheduled to commence filming in January, and the rumors that Jerry was replaced by Wu Zun—which started circulating in September—have been put to rest: the role of Ren has come back, full-circle, to Jerry.
Extravagant Challenge is to be adapted from popular Japanese manga Skip Beat! In early 2008, GTV—a station which specializes in manga adaptations—announced that it would be collaborating with the Japanese on the project at a joint opening press conference. Almost immediately, however, the production was besieged by difficulties: the director of the drama switched from Winnie Qu YouNing to Niu ChengZe; the male lead changed from Jerry Yan to Wu Zun—in fact, the only thing that has never been changed is the female lead: Ariel Lin.
Ariel Lin's Schedule Currently Free
The director and the male lead have changed and changed again; the drama's been delayed for a year, but, in the end, nothing's changed. The most recent news is that Extravagant Challenge will commence filming in January; the female lead is still Ariel Lin, and the male lead is still Japanese fan favorite Jerry Yan.
The pair went to Japan early last year for the opening press conference; there were quite a number of hints as to their re-teaming this year. In December, Ariel will be focusing all her attention on a stage play in Hong Kong, 男人與女人之戰爭與和平/Men and Women Are Just Like War and Peace. All she has scheduled in January are five commercials and/or advertisements in the Mainland and Taiwan. Her schedule looks conveniently free for filming Extravagant Challenge!
Ariel's manager, 周美豫 Chou MeiYu, had this to say: "Skip Beat! is a wonderful manga; I'm sure it would also be wonderful if it were adapted into a drama. We were originally very much looking forward to this drama; however, we've yet to receive notice of a filming commencement, so we can't confirm anything [with you]."
She revealed that Ariel is scheduled to appear in a stage play in Singapore in February; she is also in talks with Mainland producers for another drama. There have even been, most recently, several movie scripts and production companies, all seeking Ariel. If, then, Extravagant Challenge is really to commence filming in January, these other opportunities will naturally also be on Ariel's mind and in her consideration.
The Japanese Only Want Jerry Yan
There were originally rumors that the male lead had been switched to Wu Zun. He's scheduled, however, to begin filming a Mainland drama in March, and he is also planning to break into both the Mainland and the Korean market. The chances of his taking on Extravagant Challenge as well are, thus, quite low.
In actuality, however, Extravagant Challenge has always had Jerry's name attached to it. He and Ariel created quite a buzz when they appeared at the opening press conference in Tokyo last year. Although there were some financial/capital problems on the Japanese side which temporarily halted filming, the Japanese sponsors have always had their hearts set on Jerry.
Most importantly, Jerry's name was a huge selling point for the Japanese; the company was able to raise money based largely on his involvement in the project. Thus, if GTV is really to commence filming, the male lead couldn't be anyone but Jerry! Jerry's manager, Fanny, didn't deny either the revival of filming or Jerry's participation: "Jerry is currently in talks for a lot of various different projects. Everything is still under wraps; we can't reveal anything."
GTV's Vice Director of Planning, 蔡妃喬 Tsai FeiQiao, said, "There are still some copyright issues we're ironing out for Extravagant Challenge, and so a filming commencement is not actually on the schedule yet. Once everything's finalized and we're sure we're going to begin filming again, we'll definitely let everyone know."
Caption #1: Last November, Jerry Yan ChengXu and Ariel Lin YiChen attended Extravagant Challenge’s opening press conference in Tokyo, Japan. On the left is Director Niu ChengZe.
Caption #2: In December, Ariel Lin YiChen will be acting in a stage play in Hong Kong; in January, she is scheduled to film commercials in both the Mainland and Taiwan. She shouldn’t have any scheduling conflicts when Extravagant Challenge begins filming again.
Caption #3: When Jerry Yan ChengXu and Ariel Lin YiChen were in Japan last November for their round of press conferences, their chemistry was already pretty evident.
Caption #4: Extravagant Challenge will be adapted from popular Japanese manga Skip Beat!
Caption #5: Wu Zun will be breaking into the Mainland drama market next year; it's doubtful that he'll take on Extravagant Challenge.
Caption #6: Jerry Yan ChengXu was the original choice for male lead; he is also the Japanese choice for Ren Tsuruga.
Early 2008 - GTV and the Japanese Complete Talks To Collaborate On a Drama Adaptation of Popular Japanese Manga Skip Beat!
End of April 2008 - Confirmed: Male Lead Jerry Yan ChengXu, Female Lead Ariel Lin YiChen, Second Male Lead Joe Cheng YuanChang, Director Winnie Qu YouNing
July 2008 - Joe Cheng YuanChang Pulls Out, Doesn't Want To Be Second Male Lead; Original July Filming Date Is Pushed Back; Director Switches From Winnie Qu YouNing To Niu ChengZe
November 2008 - Jerry Yan ChengXu and Ariel Lin YiChen Travel To Tokyo, Japan, for the Opening Press Conference; Media Are Invited
November 2008 - January 2009 - Rumored: Japanese Contact Who'd Bought the Rights to Skip Beat!/Extravagant Challenge Had, After Taking the Money From the Taiwanese Side, Vanished
End of January 2009 - GTV Pulls the Plug On Filming
September 2009 - Rumored: Extravagant Challenge To Commence Filming Soon; Male Lead Switched From Jerry Yan ChengXu To Wu Zun
November 2009 - Rumored: Extravagant Challenge To Commence Filming At the End of January; Male Lead Back To Jerry Yan ChengXu
The actor said he felt significant pressure with regard to his next role because his previous role was very popular. "Boys Over Flowers," which ended in March, recorded viewer ratings of nearly 35 percent. Lee said choosing the right role was his priority and dilemma at this point, saying, "I'm feeling pressure because everyone around me keeps asking me about my next production. I want to receive recognition for my acting skills and I want my next drama to record high viewer ratings while also receiving credit for its high quality. I hope at least one of these aspects will be realized."
Lee says he wants to receive the Best New Actor award from KBS this year. He will appear in a new TV drama early next year after choosing a new role from among three roles that he has been offered.
Lee said he had been watching the TV drama "Iris" lately and that he would like to appear in "Iris 2" if he were offered a part. He said, "I admire Lee Byung-heon for his excellent acting talent. I envy him. A candy kiss? Hmm, I haven't thought about that."
Lee had to postpone choosing his next role because of a leg injury that he received in a car accident. He said, "The surgery is done. My leg is still in bad condition. When it rains, my joints ache a lot. I head that once your cartilage is damaged, it'll never recover again. But I think I can still run in a marathon, but I'm not sure if I can finish it."
Whenever he has free time, Lee learns English and Japanese and enjoys shopping with his production crew. He also likes to ski with actor Kim Bum and Chung Il-woo. Lee said, "I feel the need to learn foreign languages because sometimes I hold fan meetings overseas. My foreign fans can't understand my jokes immediately. That's why I'm learning English and Japanese. I'm learning English from my sister, who majored in English. My skills are still similar to those of a 3-year old."
Unwilling to disappoint fans, Aaron Yan from Fahrenheit decided to go ahead and attend the fan-meeting session despite his ear infection
Source: Mediacorp TV
When one of your fans apparently blew S$700 on a mobile phone handset just to get her own hands on tickets to your exclusive event, you just gotta show up no matter at what cost, even if a ear infection is troubling you.
That’s what Aaron Yan, one quarter of Taiwanese boy band, Fahrenheit, did at their music showcase last week at St James Power Station, jointly organized by Sony Ericsson and M1. Tickets to the exclusive event were only available by purchasing a handset by the phonemaker. Obviously that didn’t deterred fangirls who willingly splurged for an opportunity to cozy up with their idols.
The four lads made their appearance at 8.30pm and crooned their popular radio hits such as ‘New Home’ and ‘Ai Dao’ because they knew that local fans adored them.
It was revealed that while the band was busy with their concert preparations in Hangzhou, Aaron’s ear became infected (Meniere’s Disease) due to the change in climate and sudden temperature drop.
The 24-year-old was still on intravenous therapy when they landed in Singapore last Tuesday. He did not attend a radio interview, but being the professional that he was, decided to attend the fan-meeting session afterwards to not disappoint them.
During the fan session, the boys looked back on their activities of 2009, and poignantly said, “Holding a concert world tour this year makes it feel particularly meaningful. We are thankful to the local fans for being really concerned about our activities although we have not been visiting Singapore.”
The quartet then pinky-promised fans that they’ll return and visit Singapore again next year.
One major advantage of the internet is being able to compete easier; even with limited resources. Because ecommerce is not about necessarily working harder, but smarter. Smaller companies often have more flexibility than their larger counterparts. So, in order to work smarter you would need to find or create a system that is fairly easily manageable on a day to day basis: a storefront on the Internet for you.
Online shopping systems generally consist of a product catalog part; a user management part; a shopping cart part and a payment gateway part. So before you begin, you should have sufficient knowledge in HTML, CSS and programming. Either that, or you could just hire a company to do it for you, to save you all the hassle of designing, coding and testing.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Hong Kong actor Aaron Kwok, who plays Striding Cloud in the film "The Storm Warriors", says he might not act in the sequel if the timing is too tight.
The two-time Golden Horse Award winner intends to spend six months focusing on his new musical theatre production and may not have the time to reprise his lead role in the sequel.
Kwok, 44, revealed this at an event on 15 December, to celebrate the success of "The Storm Warriors" which had broken the 100 million yuan (S$2 million) mark in box office receipts in Asia.
"The Storm Warriors" directors, the Pang brothers, had mentioned that overseas investors have expressed interest in a sequel and urged them to shoot it soon. However, Kwok did not want more of the same.
"Even if I were to reprise my role, I hope there will be more of a plot and less fighting," he said. "It all depends on the script, if there is any room for me to express myself."
Kwok added that he will take the role "out of gratitude" if the Pang brothers and the studio head insist.
Kwok's co-star Ekin Cheng, who plays Whispering Wind, was keen to act in the sequel.
"I will definitely reprise my role if they shoot a sequel. After all, I am the most suitable person for the role," the 42-year-old actor said.
"The Storm Warriors" is based on a series of Wuxia comic books and novels by Hong Kong writer Mah Wing Sheng.
The film is about how the two main heroes Whispering Wind (Cheng) and Striding Cloud (Kwok) set out to stop evil warlord Lord Godless (Simon Yam) and his son Heart (Nicholas Tse) from conquering China.
The 110-minute film had only about 200 lines of dialogue while featuring about 70 minutes of CG enhanced fight scenes.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Five years ago, Chen Qiao En was still a minor artiste and acted in minor roles in dramas like <
Chen Qiao En cemented her status as first sister of idol dramas with her dramas like <
The contracts of many artistes under J-Stars are due to expire soon. Other than beloved captains Tony Sun and Zax Wang who are highly likely to renew their contracts; regarding the rest Sun De Rong seems to be mentally prepared and said "Come if able to work together, leave otherwise". Recently he promotes his last boy band "Magic 3+1" which consists of 3 boys who likes magic and said that he will create another miracle after 5566.
The Christmas-themed event, held at Osaka's Brava Hall, was attended by some 1,000 fans including Milo, the leader of new J-pop group The Smile.
During the event, people had the chance to share their Christmas stories with the Hallyu star, and one young fan made a surprise Christmas wish and asked Yoon to marry him.
The actress also held a mini-concert, performing Natalie Cole's "Love" and some Christmas carols. She wrapped up the three-hour fan meeting by shaking hands with everyone who came to the event.
Yoon Eun-hye, who debuted as a member of girl group Baby VOX ten years ago, rose to stardom with smash hit TV series "Coffee Prince" in 2007 and starred in "My Fair Lady" earlier this year.
Reporter : Lynn Kim email@example.com
Friday, December 11, 2009
Being the youngest amongst 5 older siblings and the only girl, Tao Hua has always been protected and pampered by her older brothers ever since she was young. Her 4 elder brothers (Qi, Chen, Zhuan, He) are not only talented, but their love for their sister has caused complications in her life because they simply love her too much. They force their younger brother, closest in age to Tao Hua, Yu Yi, to keep watch a close watch on their sister and report back if there are any suspicious characters hanging around Tao Hua.
Tao Hua's 4 older brothers' love and protection of her is beyond anyone's imagination; as soon as they find out that a guy wants to pursue Tao Hua, they would immediately warn the guy. If that guy chooses to ignore the warning, they will be given a "punishment of love" because there is no way that the brothers would allow just any guy to get close to their most beloved sister.
Tao Hua,oblivious to her brothers' actions, has not been brave enough to have any hope of love again because every time a guy confesses his love for her, they never appear in front of her ever again. As a result, she can't help but think that either those guys regret confessing their love to her or they probably didn't really like her...
One day, as the 4 older brothers were going about their usual business, preventing guys from getting near Tao Hua, it began to rain very heavily when Tao Hua was on her way home alone. She stood at the bus stop completely drenched, not knowing what to do. At this time, a bus comes along and Shi Lang, wearing his MP3 earphones gets off. Seeing Tao Hua in such a difficult situation, without a word, he gives her his umbrella, turned around and left, getting soaked by the rain...
As Shi Lang makes his way across the street, the sight of his back getting soaked by the rain suddenly gives Tao Hu a warm feeling and very touched; her face displays the indescribable fluttering in her heart, with a smile of slight bliss slowly emerging...
Wanting to renovate Tao Hua's room, the four brothers reduced the youngest brother Yu Yi's room to a narrow storeroom. Despite Yu Yi being angry and protested against his brothers, he moved into the storeroom in the end because "older brother loving younger sister is an older brother's only responsibility" (actually he surrendered to his older brothers' bullying).
Tao Hua encourages Yu Yi to approach their older brothers and fight for his rights, but in the end Yu Yi gives up the struggle because he knows that ever since Tao Hua was born, the only value for existence Yu Yi, who is closest in age to Tao Hua, is to sacrifice and devote himself to Tao Hua no matter what. If he has any complaints whatsoever, the only thing he'll get in return is to be beaten up by his brothers.
One day, finally unable to tolerate the other brothers' biased treatment, Yu Yi decides to leave home in protest. However, during this 7th time that Yu Yi leaves home in silent protest, Tao Hua once again meets that guy Shi Lang who makes her heart beat endlessly... Next>>
Chen Qiao En waited for eight months to be "Miss Jia Qi"
The production team had Chen Qiao En in mind when they were writing the script for <
The basic tone of blue is romantic and sad, props and scenery are of finest quality
Fei Wo Si Cun is a popular internet novelist. Her novels are often sad and touching tragedies. The drama <
Highly anticipated, Hunan TV has a high chance of airing the drama
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Translator: Hokkien128 @ http://www.asianvn.com
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Translation: Sarah @ http://asianfanatics.net
Singers sacrifice their life, their privacy, their freedom and their love life in exchange for applause from fans & hundreds of millions of revenue. This year, Jay Chou tops the list once again.
1. Jay Chou: estimated earnings = $554million
6 commercial events = $28.8million
7 concerts = $140million
9 endorsements = $270million
2 films (The Treasure Hunter & The Green Hornet)= $115million
2. S.H.E: estimated earnings = $360million
20 endorsements = $200million
24 commercial events & concerts = $150million
book ‘3 Spas of Love’ & Ella’s idol drama ‘Down With Love’ = $10million
3. Jolin Tsai: estimated earnings = $350million
24 commercial events = $82.2million
2 concerts = $7.8million
11 endorsements = $230million
album sales = $20million
nail shop + own clothing brand = $10million
4.Leehom Wang: estimated earnings = $270million
15 commercial events = $30million
12 endorsements = $200million
10 concerts = $40million
5. Mayday: estimated earnings = $268million
5 commercial events = $10million
24 concerts = $76.8million
10 endorsements = $115million
merchandise = $5million
6. Wilber Pan: estimated earnings = $266.55million
20 commercial events = $72.5million
3 concerts = $21.15million
7 endorsements = $173.9million
7. Angela Zhang: estimated earnings = $246million
30 commercial events = $111.6million
8 endorsements = $88million
album sales = $5million
8. Show Luo: estimated earnings = $220million
20 commercial events = $45million
5 concerts = $15million
10 endorsements = $150million
2 dramas (Hot Shot & Hi My Sweetheart) = $6.5million
album sales (overseas edition) = $20million
9. A-mei Zhang: estimated earnings = $158.8million
25 commercial events = $91.95million
8 concerts = $26million
2 endorsements = $30.85million
album sales = $10million
10. Elva Hsiao: estimated earnings = $100million
12 commercial events = $30million
5 endorsements = $60million
album sales = $10million
note: all figures are in New Taiwan Dollars (NT$)
Translated by: sparkles_n15 @ asianfanatics.net
The new wave of Japanese celebrities have become more and more gracious about letting the public in on their love lives. The latest to reveal his relationship is actor Tamayama Tetsuji. Earlier rumoured to be involved in a triangle relationship with Hamasaki Ayumi, Tamayama has stepped out to clarify that he is actually seeing Kuriyama Chiaki.
At first it seemed like Tamayama was divided between the two ladies, as he was often rumoured with good friend Hamasaki but was photographed on a date with Kuriyama. However, this week's Flash magazine revealed another date between Tamayama and Kuriyama. Flash reported that the pair visited a friend's house and then ate dinner together at a udon shop. They were drinking until one in the morning when they left holding hands and looking very affectionate. Apparently their relationship began in the spring of this year.
When Flash approached Tamayama's management company to clarify his rumours, they were quick to dismiss the rumours between him and Hamasaki, saying "We were a bit perplexed by the rumours because there wasn't an ounce of truth in them." When asked about his relationship with Kuriyama, they gave a straightforward answer, saying: "As for his relationship with Kuriyama, we hope that everyone will be able to support them in the long run."
In other couple news, Okada Junichi and Yu Aoi are reported to be practically living together. The latest Shuukan Josei revealed that Okada forked out 50 million yen to renovate his luxury condo, which he bought five years ago for 200 million yen. One of the workers revealed that the inside of the home is well suited for two people. "Everything inside seemed very detailed, from the kitchen to all the interior decoration. Okada seems to respect Yu's decisions." The house seems to give off a newlywed flavour.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
At the recent 2009 MTV Super Festival held in Shanghai last week, Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit took the red carpet walk with Jade Liu, their junior from the same management company. The 27-year-old newbie singer shared her excitement and honour to be in the company of her established seniors.
"Walking on the red carpet with them feels like I am being hugged left and right." She laughingly commented.
Dressed in similar rocker-glam outfits for the event, Aaron Yan shared that he has been listening to Jade's latest music album, Forward. The singer continuously sang praises of Jade's vocal prowess and said that he was "too engrossed and mesmerized by her singing".
At the MTV Super Festival, Fahrenheit bagged the group with the best style award, reaffirming their popularity amongst fans. The courteous boys were all smiles when they received the award and shared that they were eager to watch the performances of their other seniors at the event. They promised to work even harder and gain more experience to do well in the coming year.
As one of the event's special guests, Jade performed a song composed by Tanya Chua, 'Adore You' and dedicated the performance to her seniors that night to show her respect and adoration for them.
Norika Fujiwara keeps salt in her bra to boost her luck.
The Japanese actress will take out the salt from her bra and scatter it onto the ground to get rid of the bad vibes whenever she goes.
Fujiwara, the Miss Japan 1992, who believes in feng shui, will consult a master on everything related to her including ways to block off the “bad things”.
She is so into it that she would consult the feng shui master on her future and things she has to ward off almost everyday over the past years.
Even before she starts filming, Fujiwara would find a good spot and pray for the film to be a hit.
Japanese Cyzo magazine reported that Fujiwara was found to be a little neurotic recently due to the bad response of her new drama.
While filming the series, she was seen taking out some salt from her bra and scattering it.
Fujiwara started to believe in feng shui after it helped cure her insomnia following the advice of a feng shui master who had told her to put 10g of salt at the four corners of her room.
Since then, feng shui has become a major part of her life. She even changed the colour of her kitchen to yellow and uses only gold doorknobs.
She also took a master’s advice to wear a pentagon-shape wedding ring.
But ironically, feng shui was also one of the reasons that caused Fujiwara and her comedian husband Tomonori Jinnai to divorce.
It was said the couple had been involved in numerous arguments after Jinnar could no longer stand his wife’s “feng shui philosopy”.
Why "Ninja Assassin" failed at the box office
According to the film critics portal site Rotten Tomatoes, "Ninja" received unfavorable reviews from 56 out of a total of 80 critics and scored 30 percent on freshness. Among the top experts, 13 out of 19 critics gave the film negative reviews and scored 32 percent on freshness. Most of the critics complained that the movie was too serious while the story's development and editing was too confusing. Other reasons were that action scenes were hard to see because the lighting was too dark, too much CG was used, and the movie didn't live up to its title. Brian Miller of "The Village Voice" wrote, "Shouldn't throwing stars be silent? If they're gonna sound like gunshots, why not just use guns?" Internet website Movieretriever.com remarked, "Rain and Harris are decent, but "Ninja Assassin" is a film that falls apart as soon as you think about any single element of it." The only favorable review came from magazine "Entertainment Weekly", who said about the film, "There's a brutal (and admittedly very cool) fight scene every five minutes. But let's be honest, killing is this film's business...and business is good."
Another reason that "Ninja" couldn't make the top five in its opening week might have been due to the inadequate opening date. In the U.S., movies that open near the end of the year are either the so-called "art films" that try to open just in time to make the nominations for next year's Academy Awards or pure, popcorn movies that you can simply enjoy with family or friends over the holidays. Over the past couple of years, several blockbuster movies that might have been suited for a summer release have opened around Christmas time. But most of these films had received a PG-13 rating because they were neither too violent or too sexual for young viewers.
Therefore, with all the blockbuster movies and Oscar-nominated films lined up for the holiday season, it seems "Ninja" will have a hard time faring well at the U.S. box office. The following movies are scheduled for release in December: "Everybody's Fine" starring Robert De Niro, "Up In The Air" starring George Clooney, director Peter Jackson's "Lovely Bones", director Clint Eastwood's "Invictus", director James Cameron's "Avatar", "Sherlock Holmes" starring Robert Downey Jr.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
24th December 2009 (Thursday) 7:55~11:18
The Best Christmas Eve Ever
Special TV Premiere 'Hana Yori Dango Final' Movie
Finally it goes on air, the complete uncut version and not only that, famous scenes from the drama series will also be aired!
Furthermore, Mao and Jun will give a beautiful Christmas message!!
Make sure you don't miss it.