Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Golden Rock - September 6th, 2007 Edition

We apologize for skipping yesterday's entry, but school and movie stuff reared its ugly head at the same time, and this blogger chose to write a 3-page script for school than a really long entry in a news blog not enough people read. Plus waiting almost 3 hours to not be able to get Eason Chan tickets this morning really pissed us off. But we'll make it up in a bit.

- Let's go over the Oricon charts really quickly. On the single chart, L'Arc~en~ciel's latest got its number 1 debut, selling over 110,000 copies. The second and third places were close, with Exile finally winning out Utada Hikaru's latest by only 1,700 copies in total weekly sales. Exile (which really is just two guys singing and a bunch of people dancing) sold 95,299, and Utada Hikaru sold 93, 518. See how close that was? Next week, expect me to possibly not report the number 1 debut of Arashi's latest single.

As expected, pop rap group Ketsumeishi (imagine a hybrid of reggae, hip-hop, and pop influence blended into one) saw yet another huge debut for their 5th album on the album chart. Selling 430,000 copies (this might be a decrease from their previous album), this makes the group's 4th number 1 album debut in a row. Hell, I'll eventually pick up a copy too. Meanwhile, rock-pop group Porno Graffiti's latest did an impressive 140,000 copies, but could only muster a second place when up against the Ketsumeishi boys. Hideaki Tokunaga's cover album continues to sell well enough to drop by just one spot. Next week, expect Dragon Ash's two compilations (I really hate this new trend of releasing one compilation as two albums) to rule the chart.

- It's reviews time! LoveHKfilm's Kozo reviews romantic comedy stinker Contract Lover, Jingle Ma's "where the hell did that come from" romance Love in the City, and the Japanese comedy Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust. Sanjuro reviews the classic martial arts insult New Game of Death and the Japanese "pure love" film Angel's Egg (Erika Sawajiri again??). There's also a review of the Korean satire The President's Last Bang by yours truly.

Hollywood Reporter has Ray Bennett's reviews of Jiang Wen's The Sun Also Rises and Lee Kang-Sheng's Help Me Eros, the sole "Taiwan" representative at Venice. Lastly, Variety has reviews of Help Me Eros and Jia Zhangke's latest documentary Useless.

- Speaking of Help Me Eros, Twitch has a link to the trailer. However, everything in that trailer feel so Tsai Ming-Liang, including the detached eroticism, that I'm honestly not all that interested.

- I first thought it was just a really funny rumor, but looks like Kirk Wong's remake of The Five Venoms looks like it's on. The funny part? It'll star Edison Chen, Maggie Q, Leehom Wang, and Wu Jing.

- Under "silly China!" news today, the expected blackout date for non-Chinese/non-communist-patriotic films is coming up, as China comes up to its October Party Congress/Party establishment anniversary date. While it was expected that Hollywood would get blocked out, even Ang Lee's Lust, Caution is getting delayed until the end of the Party Congress.

- Thanks to D-War and May 18, Korean films just had its biggest month, with the highest recorded amount of admissions within a month. Just August alone, Korean films took up 79.6% of the market.

- While Korean special effects blockbuster The Host took its special effects to Hollywood, a Hollywood film just took its special effects to Korea. OK, China/Hollywood co-production and all, but my point about the reversal remains.

- After news that Fruit Chan is making a film about a young Bruce Lee that'll be produced by Terence Chang, another piece of news has come out reporting that Hong Kong's favorite indie director will be directing an English remake of a Japanese horror film. According to the report, this is Chan's attempt to no longer be labeled as an art-house director. He could've made a better choice, though.

Last, but definitely not least; Miyoshi Umeki, the first Asian to win an Academy Award for performance, has passed away. Our condolences to her family.

Coming up on the spin-off tomorrow: Review of Pang Ho-Cheung's latest, and why the hell did i spend 3 hours to end up not getting any Eason Chan concert tickets.

3 comments:

Michael Kerpan said...

Thanks for the nice review of "President's Last Bang" -- an utterly extraordinary black comedy that has never gotten the attention in the West that it deserves. (PLB reminded me of "Z" in a number of ways -- but, at least for me, was better in almost every respect).

YTSL said...

You were at the screening of EXODUS on Wednesday? Dang, so was I! ;S

GoldenRockProductions said...

Michael,

Thanks for your kind words about the review. I was not quite sure what to make of the film until the main event happened halfway through and the sometimes over-the-top humor come out. It's really one of those surprisingly good films that you're glad about it meeting expectations.

ytsl,

I was actually at the screening with other people you might know (Paul Fox being one of them). Apparently a lot of us were at the screening, but Pang Ho-Cheung's cousin wasn't =P