Lost in Hong Kong is tearing up the Chinese movie charts. In 2015, The world of cinema has been treated to a new Mission Impossible, Avengers, and Jurassic Park. Before the end of the year, there will be a new Star Wars, Mockingjay, and James Bond. Little did anyone know that lost in this year of mega blockbusters, one film in China would have the third highest grossing weekend ever, and it wouldn’t be one of the previously mentioned movies.
Lost in Hong Kong follows Xu Lai. He had a dream of being an artist and marrying the woman of his dreams. Instead, Xu Lai finds himself stuck in a life of designing women’s bras. His wife is wanting a baby, and he’s just found out that his upcoming family vacation will include his goofy brother-in-law, an aspiring documentary film maker. On the vacation, Lai decides to ditch the family in favor of a possible hook-up with the previously mentioned woman of his dreams.
Unknown to Lai, someone has been murdered. For some reason, the police want him for questioning. As you might guess, mayhem ensues in this action comedy.
In the first two days of release, Lost in Hong Kong has brought in a whopping $70.6 million. The projected total for the entire weekend is just over $100 million. This would put Lost in Hong Kong just behind Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron as the third highest opening in the history of Chinese Cinema, according to Variety.
Lost in Hong Kong is currently drawing a fresh rating among critics at Rotten Tomatoes. The New York Times labled the movie “part music video, part buddy film.” Ultimately, they thought that Lost in Hong Kong may have tried to be too many things to too many people.
“Perhaps because it tries too hard to be too many things, the movie loses its punch.” -Helen Verongos, New York Times
On the flipside, the Los Angeles Times felt the opposite of the film.
“Whereas Lost in Thailand felt like a homage to Stephen Chow’s brand of slapstick, Lost in Hong Kong looks to be an all-encompassing love letter to Hong Kong filmmaking.” -Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times
Despite the feelings of critics, Lost in Hong Kong looks to be well on its way to becoming a top grosser in China for 2015. It is hard to say how long it will hold the spot considering what the year still has left to come. If you have seen Lost in Hong Kong, we would love to hear from you.
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