January 7th, 2012

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'The Great Magician' Premieres in Hong Kong



Derek Yee's new film "The Great Magician" premiered in Hong Kong on Thursday.

The film, set against the backdrop of early 20th century China, is about a magician, played by Tony Leung Chiu-wai, who returns to his home town only to find his childhood sweetheart, played by Zhou Xun, has become a concubine to a warlord (Sean Lau Ching-wan). The magician attempts to use his tricks and illusions to win back the heart of his love interest.

The film also stars Yan Ni and Wu Gang.

Theatrical release is set for January 12.

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China’s Scary-Looking Dragon Stamp Sparks Debate



On Jan. 5 every year in China, a commemorative stamp of the corresponding year’s Chinese Zodiac character is released to celebrate the coming lunar New Year.  It is an event not unlike the unveiling of new pair of Air Jordans.

“People started lining up outside the post office around 4 a.m.,”  Ms. Feng, a post office worker in Beijing told ABC News. “We kind of felt sorry for them, having to stand out in such bitter cold.”

It was a scene duplicated all over China and this year’s stamp — honoring the dragon — sold out soon after the post office doors opened.

Shortly after that, the controversy began.

“When I saw this year’s dragon stamp, I was scared to death!” wrote author Zhang Yihe on her Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service.


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