横冲直撞好莱坞 Hollywood Adventures

Let’s talk about a new movie again today, because I went to watch one earlier.

No, not that new Terminator movie, I already watched that last week. I think this is another movie that has probably next to no marketing efforts in Malaysia. There was probably just, 10 or 15 other people with me in the hall when I watched this movie. But it would probably sell out in mainland China due to the acting cast.

I’m talking about Hollywood Adventures 横冲直撞好莱坞.

Some facts about this movie:

1. This is a Chinese American collaboration. The three lead actors are from China, but the production team is 100% Hollywood.
2. The three lead actors are Zhao Wei 赵薇, Huang Xiaoming 黄晓明 and Tong Dawei 佟大为. They are all my favorite actors from China, and that is the main reason why I went to watch this movie in the cinema.

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3. Sung Kang (of Fast and Furious fame) has a very major supporting role in this movie. He is the other reason why I want to watch this movie.

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I don’t want to give too much spoilers on what this movie is all about. Well, to sum it up generally, it is a story about how two men of very different backgrounds from China visited Los Angeles for the very first time in their lives for different reasons, but found themselves caught up in the mafia underground business instead. They had to partake in an epic adventure to right all the wrongs that happened to them.

And then… did I mention that the producer of this movie is Justin Lin (also of Fast and Furious fame)? You know, when Justin is involved in a movie, then there will be scenes like these:

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This is NOT a serious movie that demands you to be intellectual in any capacity. This is a crappy adventure comedy movie that is infused with a bunch of typical American stereotypes in the eyes of Chinese people (probably most Asian people anyway) in a very over-the-top way. The only way to enjoy the movie is to take everything in good stride, have some hearty laughs at the crappy scenes, and basically, have fun.

From what I am reading from the comments in various entertainment sites that covered this movie, apparently many people who claim to be Americans don’t seem to get this point. They thought this movie portrayed the stereotypes in a very racist way. Well… come on guys, if you take stereotypes seriously, without a pinch of salt, then they ARE racist in nature. If you can accept the fact that this movie is a sarcastic comedy where the scenes are supposed to be so in-your-face, then hopefully it would make you feel happier.

I mean, over the years, there have been so many American movies that did such a wonderful job of portraying Asians in a negative way thanks to Asian stereotypes so prevalent Stateside. You don’t see us foaming in the mouth, do you? We know those scenes are a bunch of bullshit, but we enjoy the movies anyway. Why can’t you guys do the same? Stop being so uptight, if you can dish it, learn to take it too, right?

Anyway, let’s get back to the movie. The plot sucks, the scenes sometimes make no sense whatsoever. But I was laughing almost nonstop throughout the entire movie’s duration. So I would say, this is a great movie!

And I think Zhao Wei is getting prettier with age. Gawd….

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    • This is mainly a comedy, just that the theme is action adventure. I think you will enjoy it. 🙂

    • Unfortunately more than half is in Mandarin. The good thing though is that there is no dubbing. The angmohs speak in English while the Chinese speak in Mandarin throughout.

  1. Can’t imagine how the movie is like. Guess I won’t know until I have watched it.

    You wrote:
    They thought this movie portrayed the stereotypes in a very racist way. They refer to ABC?

    • I don’t know, honestly. They write comments like “I am American and I find this offensive, bla bla bla…” or “I am American and I cannot accept how racist this bla bla bla…”, it could be ABC, or not. Most likely not, I suppose…

  2. This morning my wife had booked this movie for us to watch tomorrow. The cinema was halfway fully booked already. My only favourite actor is Huang Xiaoming. I hope to laugh too.

    • Your wife seems like a very intellectual person to me, based on the impression I get by reading your blog posts. I hope she would enjoy a movie that doesn’t want you to think too much but just go with the flow, because that’s what this movie mostly is.

        • So she can understand some of those insider jokes that most probably could not. That’s great! 😀

          • Yes she understand and even told me the different ways the Beijing folks asked questions. She was once a voice over for Astro’s Phoenix News channel in KL where she just worked from home to “answer questions live” over KL based reporting. When we went to Xian and Chengdu, the shop keepers refused to believe that she came from KL because she purposely spoke Beijing slang in order not to be slaughtered.

            • Why the hell would you guys tell them you’re from KL then?? After speaking in Beijing slang to them? Pointless exercise then! 😀 😀

  3. Haha, this actually looks like a fun movie that I’d want to watch! Of course, I don’t think I could find it in Europe :P. And is this the same Zhao Wei that was in that really popular old chinese princess TV show like a decade ago? She looks so young and pretty here.

    • Well, you probably left Asia two weeks early as far as this movie is concerned. I’m really not too sure if this movie will make it to Europe or not. 😐

      And yes, that same Zhao Wei!

      • I just want you to know that because talked about Zhao Wei, it really made me want to watch HuanZhuGeGe again so I found all the episodes on Youtube, and now I literally cannot do anything until I’ve watched the entire thing. That is all. 😛

        • Oh come on! You go to Lyon and you watch China drama series! You could do better. At least watch something French, like Le Comte de Monte Cristo! 😀

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