Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived in Shanghai this week to attend the premiere of his latest film, Terminator Genisys.
The 68-year-old actor and former governor appeared at a screening for the fifth installment of the US science fiction franchise along with the director Alan Taylor, and both were invited on stage by TV presenter Betty Zhou.
Before the premiere, Schwarzenegger had dinner with Ng See-yuen, a renowned Shanghainese director and producer who’s worked on Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978) and Drunken Master, two of Jackie Chan’s first big successes in the box office.
Arnold appeared on the “Voice of China” last night to start the show off and declare that the epic “battle of voices” had begun. He then engaged in some witty repartee with Jay Chou. The Taiwanese superstar asked him to sing a little something with him, but the Terminator gracefully declined the invitation, saying: “I don’t want to punish the Chinese audience with the sound of my voice.”
Looks like he decided to do it, nonetheless.
Terminator Genisys will hit Chinese theaters on August 23, ending the mid-year blackout period for imported films in the country.
The 155 million USD film raked in more than 80.3 million USD in the US following its release there in January. Its global box office earnings reached 278.1 million USD, and filmmakers are hoping Chinese viewers can help nudge that up to 400 million USD worldwide.
Robbie Collin of The Telegraph called the reboot a “tedious, indecipherable mess” while The Guardian dubbed it a “karaoke rehash”, but then again, glowing reviews and being a good film in general have never really been the determining factors of a movie’s success in China. Thus why The Fast and the Furious took over Transformers to become the top-grossing flick of all time in the country.
Apparently, Ah-nald is going to ride into the stadium on a Harley at tonight’s 8:00 p.m. showing and say… “I’m back”.
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