Dark Knight casts a long shadow over Lunar New Year box office
with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak, Vivian Chen and Fiona Ng.
It looks like competition at the movie theatres during the Lunar New Year will be more heated than usual. After yesterday's sentimental but not surprising win by the late Heath Ledger for best supporting actor at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, the local office of Warner Brothers has decided to re-release The Dark Knight next Thursday at the UA MegaBox Imax theatre. Last year's major hit was turned down for release on the mainland in December due to what authorities called 'cultural sensitivities' - probably because of a Chinese villain and not because Edison Chen Koon-hei only had two lines as an extra.
Other film companies, though, are not likely to be pleased with the Caped Crusader and the Joker returning to Hong Kong during the big holiday season. Four other major movie titles are scheduled for release on January 24 - the local comedy All's Well End's Well 2009, Look For A Star with Shu Qi and Andy Lau Tak-wah, as well as two Hollywood imports, the Brad Pitt drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Marley And Me with Jennifer Aniston - and hanging around will also be this week's releases: John Woo's Red Cliff 2 and Hayao Miyazaki's animated feature Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea.
That's a lot of big films. We wonder who will be a casualty of the glut?