Interpret Weekly: Asia Entertainment 11/29/2021

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Crime comedy film Be Somebody scored $21.9 million on its third weekend of release, just 8% down on its second weekend figure. That gives it a cumulative gross of $94.4 million since releasing on Nov. 11. The Battle at Lake Changjin added $3.9 million for its eighth weekend of release, pushing its total box office sales to $894 million.

The Chinese record was achieved on Wednesday evening local time when the film passed the RMB5.69 billion (or $892 million at current rates of exchange) total achieved in 2017 by Wolf Warrior II, another patriotic war film. Chinese media also reported that Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian sent congratulations to Wu Jing, the actor who played leading roles in both Wolf Warrior and Changjin.

Spiritwalker, a fantasy action film about a man who wakes up in a new body every twelve hours, grabbed the top spot at the South Korean box office over the weekend with $2.16 million. It was one of three new films to get significant releases, a possible sign that Korea’s theatrical market is steadying.

Parasite star Choi Woo-shik will return to the silver screen as an elite police officer in the upcoming crime action film The Policeman’s Lineage more than two years after the release of the Oscar-winning masterpiece.

Escape from Mogadishu, a movie about a life-and-death escape by South and North Korean diplomats during the Somali civil war in the 1990s, on Friday won Best Picture at the 42nd annual Blue Dragon Film Awards, one of the nation’s top film honors.

Directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, it is Ryoo’s second Blue Dragon Best Picture following the crime drama The Unjust in 2010. The film also took the prizes of Best Director for Ryoo, Best Supporting Actor for Huh Joon-ho, and Best Production Design. Mogadishu has been chosen as South Korea’s entry for the Best International Feature Film category at the 94th Academy Awards slated for March.

Tencent has announced the appointment of Zoran Roso as marketing director, global publishing. His appointment is part of Tencent’s strategy to increase its international presence. Roso has been a major figure of the German games industry for the past 20 years, working in executive positions at the likes of Activision Blizzard, Take-Two, and Sony.

PUBG: New State, Krafton’s new mobile game released on Nov. 11, topped 43.6 million worldwide downloads in just two weeks, according to App Annie. It is the No. 1 downloaded game at Google Play in 63 countries and at Apple’s App Store in 166 countries. The U.S. showed the largest downloads, followed by Russia, Korea, Brazil, and Mexico.

The remakes of 2006 DS games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl sold 1,395,642 units in their first three days, according to Famitsu. Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold around 1.88 million units in its first three days in Japan in March 2020, remaining as the best opening weekend for a Switch game in the country.

Chen Man, a renowned Chinese fashion photographer, has apologized for her past work after online critics called it insulting to the Chinese people, and fashion house Dior removed one of her photos from a show in Shanghai. Chen’s apology came more than a week after Dior was attacked over the photo at its exhibition in Shanghai, which pictured a model of Asian descent with tan, freckled skin and darkened eyelids holding a Dior purse. Critics deemed the photograph contrary to East Asian beauty standards of fair skin and said it perpetuated Western stereotypes of Asian faces, such as slanted eyes.