Yesterday, although I guess for most of you it's still today, I saw my first movie in Jilong. I read about it on angryasianman.com. Apparently in Hong Kong it outgrossed both Star Wars III and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Since it's playing in the closest of the two movie theaters in Jilong aka the one I can walk to and I don't have class until Tuesday, I thought I would go see it. For those of you who are into Hong Kong movies, it's got Jay Chou, Shawn Yue, and Edison Chen in it, and was directed by the same people as the ones who did Infernal Affairs.
What is weird is that it's a remake of a Japanese manga, but the dialogue is all in Chinese and I'm really not sure whether it's supposed to take place in Japan or Taiwan or what. Anyway, they have "Japanese" names but they say them in Chinese so for example Jay Chou's character's name is Takumi but in the film they all say "Bohai" which is Takumi only pronounced like Chinese rather than Japanese. Anyway, fortunately the film had English subtitles, but they didn't translate the characters' names so the effect was sometimes a little weird. I also saw the movie at around 4:40 on Saturday which is a work day for most people so it was just me and a bunch of teenagers, it made me feel kinda old.
Anyway the movie is all about what I think is called drift racing, which is some form of illegal street racing where people take curves down mountains at high speeds, I don't really know how to describe it. Given the success of Infernal Affairs, they might release it in America or if not, I'm sure Hollywood will buy the rights to it so you can just see the remake. Or perhaps you can just see Justin Lin's Fast and Furious 3 which apparently is going to involve Paul Walker going to Japan and getting involved in drift racing. 10 bucks says they rip off this movie. Truly there is no God.
This weird thing happened on my way to the theater. As I was walking by this woman started following me and talking to me. She was talking really really fast, so I couldn't really figure out what she was saying, but I sort of shook my head and waved her away and then she said something like, "You're not from Taiwan, where are you from?" I just sort of figured she was talking so much that if I pretended to not understand her, there was pretty much nothing she could do, so I just said "I don't understand." in Chinese until she went away.