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'Bullets' packs cinemas on debut day

DESPITE a freezing weather yesterday, actor-turned-director Jiang Wen's latest film, "Let the Bullets Fly," met with great enthusiasm by his fans on the film's debut day.

Shanghai United Cinema Lines, the largest cinema chain in Shanghai, raked in 2.6 million yuan (US$395,000) in ticket sales, a good start for a movie that stars Jiang as a gang boss, Chow Yun-fat as a bully and popular comedy actor Ge You as a fraud.

"The movie's rich elements of suspense and black humor, as well as its star-studded cast will definitely make it a box office sensation during this festive season," said Wu Hehu, United Cinema's deputy general manager.

Wu also believed the film appeals to all generations and could top this month's box office although it faces competition from a few other anticipated Chinese films set to jam-pack the Christmas and New Year screening time.

So far, Chen Kaige's "Sacrifice," a tragic tale about revenge and intrigue, has made about 16 million yuan in United Cinema theaters.

Next Wednesday, Feng Xiaogang's comedy romance "If You Are the One - 2" will also be released and on December 31, "Lover's Discourse," a romantic comedy by Derek Tsang, son of famous Hong Kong comedy star Eric Tsang, will be screened.

Yonghua Cinema took in more than 100,000 yuan on the opening day of the film.

Li Lan, a manager at the cinema, said it was pretty a good performance for a domestic film which managed to impress people with a funny and thrilling plot rather than just stunts and special effects.

"Almost all tickets to yesterday's evening shows were sold out," Li said. "Many movie buffs are making reservations by phone and on the Internet for screenings in the following days."


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