With so much attention being focused on that other film shot in Shanghai, Asia Pundit fills us in on another movie featuring our city that you may have overlooked (and probably should continue overlooking based on what he says). It’s the latest Milla Jovovich vehicle UltraViolet:
Shanghai’s architecture, in spite of the city being “Ground Zero in the Blood War being waged between humans and her kind in what’s left of Shanghai,” looked good. That would please authorities.
Still, we can be thankfully that the film will likely offend local sensibilities enough that Mainland residents will never have to endure it on the silver screen. The film is set in the future where apparently Shanghai is ruled by Laowai, something that would surely upset the CCP. As well, the only Chinese in the film are a group of hybrid vampire gangsters called the Blood Chinois – all of whom are killed by the protagonist.
AsiaPundit recommends avoiding UltraViolet at any cost. Although the ‘Shanghai-curbside Special Edition DVD‘ does offer some interesting subtitles that actually improve the dialogue.
And here’s an example of those interesting subtitles:
UltraViolet got an average score of 19 — 19! — out of 100 over at MetaCritic, making it second only to Date Movie as the worst-reviewed film of 2006 and the 87th worst movie in the MetaCritic database. (Bio-Dome is the worst with an average score of 1.)