Popular Chinese actress Vicki Zhao Wei (Painted Skin 1 & 2, Red Cliff 1 & 2, Shaolin Soccer) is enjoying great success with her directorial debut, So Young. The film surpassed Stephen Chow's Journey to the West in advanced sales, and went on to open powerfully with RMB45 million, beating the opening day record for a 2D film, previously held by last year's local box office champ Lost in Thailand. Having now grossed nearly RMB500 million (US$80 million), it is widely believed that So Young will become the highest grossing local film by a female director in China.
The film's English title originates from the song So Young by British band Suede that features in the film, while its Chinese title translates to 'To Our Youth That Is Fading Away', the title of the best-selling novel on which the film is based. It tells the story of a group of graduating college students, and stars Mark Chao (with whom Vicki Zhao collaborated last year in Doze Niu's Love), Han Geng, Yang Zishan and Jiang Yushin.
Embedded below is the film's trailer.
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