Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Top three movies in China playing in Pittsburgh: Chinese-Hong Kong film Operation Red Sea (红海行动) opens February 23; Monster Hunt 2 (捉妖記2) and Detective Chinatown 2 (唐人街·探案2) continue for another week.

The top three movies in China are in Pittsburgh this weekend. The new Chinese-Hong Kong film Operation Red Sea (红海行动) will play at the AMC Loews Waterfront theater from February 23. The production company provides a synopsis:
The Chinese Navy’s Jiaolong (“Sea Dragon”) Assault Team is famed for its skill in getting the job done. After its success in rescuing a cargo ship hijacked by pirates off the Somalia coast, the team is assigned an even more perilous mission. A coup in a North African republic has left local Chinese residents in danger, circumstances further complicated by a terrorist plot to obtain nuclear materials. The situation could prove fatal to the hostages and disastrous to the entire region, and presents Jiaolong with a challenge that threatens the very existence of the team and its members.

Tickets and showtime information is available via Fandango.

Two movies that opened over the Lunar New Year weekend will continue at the Watefront for another week. Monster Hunt played in Pittsburgh in 2015, and was the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time until being overtaken by several 2016 releases. The production company summarizes the sequel, which was the top-grossing movie in China last weekend:
This sequel to the mega blockbuster follows monster king Wuba as he faces another threat from the dark lord who plots to overthrow the empire.
Detective Chinatown was released in 2015 and was the ninth-highest grossing domestic film in Mainland China that year. The theater provides a synopsis of the sequel, which was the second-highest grossing movie in China last weekend:
A follow up to the Chinese hit “Detective Chinatown,” the new film reunites writer/director Chen Sicheng and stars Wang Baoqiang and Liu Haoran, who reprise their roles as detectives Tang Ren and Qin Feng, respectively. When the case of New York Chinatown godfather Uncle Qi’s missing son turns into a murder investigation, the detective duo Tang and Qin team up again to hunt down the killer—this time with some help from the International Detective Alliance.
Ticket and showtime information for all three movies are available online via Fandango. The theater is located at 300 West Waterfront Dr. in the Waterfront shopping complex in Homestead (map), across the Monongahela River from Greenfield, Squirrel Hill, and the rest of Pittsburgh.