renowned scholars n.有名的学者
Godzilla vs. Kong电影《哥斯拉大战金刚》
How Chinese film ‘Sister’ defeats ‘Godzilla vs.Kong’ to become No.1at the Qingming Festival
Box office in China
“Sister”has emerged as an unexpected holiday hit, surpassing Hollywood heavyweight“Godzilla Vs. Kong".
A new Chinese movie is casting a spotlight on a long-debatedquestion: Should personal values be prioritized over traditionalfamily values?
Sister tells the story of 24-year-old An Ran. Following the sudden death of her two parents in a car crash, An faces the tough choice of pursuing her own life or raising her younger brother. It has sparked a national discourse about China's patriarchal culture and the widespread preference among parents to have boys.
The film reflects a social issue in China - a traditional preference for sons and deep- rooted patriarchal norms,one of the movie's central themes. While An was a little girl- a time when the one-child policy was still in full effect - her parents forced her to pretend to be lame in order to get permission to have a second child- her little brother. After the boy's birth, her parents give almost all of their love to their son while ignoring An.
During the film, the audience gradually learns about An's hardships, such as having to pretend to be disabled so her parents could be granted permission by authorities to have a second child in the years before China lifted its one-child policy in 2015.
"When I was a child, I had femoral head necrosis (a condition in which blood supply to the thigh bone is cut off). My family received a child disability certificate and legally had my brother," one Weibo user who found familiarity in the film's plot commented under a related post. He was 11 years younger than me. It changed my destiny forever."
Others were drawn to the difficult moral dilemma. "If Iwas the sister, I would pursue my career, because I would choose to love myself every time before choosing to love my family,"another Weibo user commented under a separate post.
On Wednesday, a news report bearing similarities to the movie's themes also became a topic of discussion on Weibo. A 20-year-old from the eastern city of Hangzhou reportedly killed herself after she was unable to care for her three siblings after their parents divorced.
In an interview with The Beijing News, the film's screenwriter,You Xiaoying, said An's story isn't entirely fictional, and is partially a reflection of reality. She said one of her friends was in a similar situation as the movie's protagonist, which prompted her to explore the subject further,and “I saw that there were a lot of conficts and struggles in these families, I wanted to explore Why," she said.
The film drew comments from renowned scholars, such as Li Yinhe, a pioneering sociologist studying sex and gender roles in China. In a lengthy post on Weibo, she described the movie as“a profound work based on solid social reality".
Li said that besides gender inequality, the film also explored the conflict between filial piety and individualism in a modernized society.“So it becomes a Hamletian dilemma ... should we pursue individual values, or sacrifice them for our families? The film has placed its protagonist in a violent ethical and emotional conflict, Which is thought-provoking," she wrote.
As theaters in North America are hailing Hollywood monster mash Godzilla vs. Kong for setting the best pandemic box office record over the Easter weekend, Chinese feature film Sister, which tackles sibling relationships, quickly defeated Warner Bros' tent pole during China's Qingming Festival holiday.On review site Douban,“Sister”has scored 7.2 out of 10.
在北美影院为好莱坞电影《哥斯拉大战金刚》(Godzilla vs. Kong)在复活节周末创下最佳流行电影票房纪录而欢呼之际，讲述兄弟姐妹关系的中国故事片《我的姐姐》(Sister)在中国清明节假期迅速击败华纳兄弟(Warner Bros)的主打影片。在评论网站豆瓣上，《我的姐姐》的评分为7.2分（满分为十分）。
Chinese film experts say that Chinese audiences are getting bored with Hollywood's special effects extravaganzas and are more willing to see Chinese stories told with cutting-edge film technology on the big screen.
At Monday noon, the total box office for the three-day Qingming Festival holiday surpassed 700 million yuan($107 million), setting a new record for the holiday period. Sister and Godzilla vs. Kong account for more than 80 percent of this box office,according to Chinese ticketing platform Beacon.
"Hollywood films like Godzilla VS.Kong can barely attract a strong interest among Chinese audiences a sit only captures their eyes by providing a visual feast without reaching a certain emotional resonance with the moviegoers," Xiao Fuqiu, a film critic based in Shanghai,told the Global Times on Monday." Emotional resonance is also the reason why Sister toppled Godzilla VS.Kong and it explains why domestic blockbusters have overwhelmed Hollywood films to become champions at the annual box office in China in recent years," he added.
According to media reports, Sister surpassed Godzilla VS. Kong and moved into the No.1 position only six hours after its release on Friday even though its screen share was only half that of Godzilla VS. Kong.
If Godzilla vs. Kong had been released during the Qingming Festival holiday(from Saturday to Monday) to be day and date with its North America and HBOmax releases, it would not have performed as well due to the inevitable release of pirated copies stemming from a streaming launch,while competition from Sister would further squeeze its living space in theaters, according to Xiao.
The Sister's success relies on its rare truth and sincerity. It focuses on gender discrimination caused by unequal patriarchal attitudes. This topic has a broad audience base and is in line with current 'feminist' trends,'' Shi Wenxue, a film critic and teacher at the Beijing Film Academy,told the Global Times on Monday.
Three other Chinese films including the animated Monkey King Reborn,comedy-drama The Eleventh Chapter and romantic drama Tomorrow Will Be Fine were also released during the festival, taking in 58.59 million yuan,37.80 million yuan and 24.61 million yuan respectively, according to Maoyan on Monday.
来源Global Times and Sixth Tone.