Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New films The Wandering Earth (流浪地球), Pegasus (飞驰人生),Fall in Love at First Kiss (一吻定情 ) staying in Pittsburgh through February 20 (at least).



New Chinese films The Wandering Earth (流浪地球), Pegasus (飞驰人生), andFall in Love at First Kiss (一吻定情 ), will stay in Pittsburgh through at least February 20. The first two were released to coincide with the Lunar New Year, while the latter will be released on Valentine's day.


The South China Morning Post summarizes The Wandering Earth, considered China's first big-budget science fiction film.
The film portrays how a group of intrepid Chinese astronauts save the world from the brink of annihilation due to the imminent destruction of the sun. Like Hollywood space movies where Americans are portrayed as the only ones capable of saving humanity, here Chinese astronauts are the sole adventurers among the global space community determined to complete the arduous task of fending off the apocalypse.

In spite of such overt patriotism, the film is spectacular for its ceaseless stream of hair-raising close-shave encounters and apocalyptic landscapes oozing desolation and despair. There is also a touching subplot involving family bonds at the centre of the mission to save the earth.
Wikipedia has a summary of Pegasus, the directoral debut of social media icon---and race car driver---Han Han.
Zhang Chi (Shen Teng) dreams of his former life in the racing world while tending to his fried rice stall. He sees a smug younger generation of drivers racing and decides to return to driving. The drama of the plot pivots on Zhang Chi having no car, money or teammates while has driver's license pends re-examination
A Malaysian site provides a summary:
Director Chen Yu San’s second film, Fall In Love At First Kiss, does not stray too far from her first feature – the successful romantic flick, Our Times. She has also gotten Our Times actor Darren Wang to be the male lead in First Kiss.

Adapted from Japanese manga Mischievous Kiss (by Kaoru Tada), First Kiss tells of schoolgirl Yuan Xiang Qin (Lin Yun, of The Mermaid) falling hard for the new boy in school, Jiang Zhi Shu (Wang). Unfortunately, Zhi Shu is superior to Xiang Qin in every way – from his looks to his IQ. Undeterred, she decides to follow her feelings and confess her love for him.
Tickets and showtime information for The Wandering Earth, Pegasus, and Fall in Love at First Kiss 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.