STAR SPARKS LIVELY WAR OFWORDS

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of money or very lit­tle money be­cause it’s painful to be stuck in the mid­dle.” ( Rogue One has a pro­duc­tion bud­get of $200 mil­lion.)

Jiang thinks it that China’s film con­stantly be­ing with­Hol­ly­wood.

“When the Amer­i­can cow­boys were fight­ing, we were still in the Qing Dy­nasty, men with pony­tails.”

But he did say that the use of English can par­tially ex­plain the global ap­peal of some of theHol­ly­wood fare.

When­probed about his con­tro­ver­sial re­mark on the im­por­tance of “air­craft car­ri­ers”, which he was cred­ited as an ex­pla­na­tion for Hol­ly­wood’s global clout, Jiang again took a con­trar­ian route. In­stead of clar­i­fy­ing his po­si­tion, he sim­ply says: “If the news­pa­pers wanted to gain more read­ers by quot­ing me out of con­text, it is their thing.”

Like Jiang, di­rec­tor Ed­wards re­fused to elu­ci­date the re­la­tion­ship be­tweenMal­bus, Jiang’s role, and Chirrut Imwe, Yen’s role, which is in­ter­preted by some in China and other parts of the world as a po­ten­tially ho­mo­sex­ual one.

Both are rebel war­riors and cover each other in sit­u­a­tions of life and death, very much like the an­cient heroes in China and Ja­pan.

The old gen­er­a­tion would not think twice be­fore tak­ing a line like “I don’t need good luck. I have you.” as a sign of sim­ple male bond­ing.

But to­day’s young tend to read more into it. Fan draw­ings of the duo in var­i­ous poses of in­ti­macy have popped up on­line, elic­it­ing laughs and hope­fully more fas­ci­na­tion in the StarWars phe­nom­e­non as the fran­chise grad­u­ally gains trac­tion in China.

By Mon­day, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had grossed $500 mil­lion in the US and slightly less in other mar­kets, in­clud­ing 363 mil­lion yuan on the Chi­nese main­land, ac­cord­ing to Box Of­ficeMojo and the Chi­nese box-of­fice track­ing siteMovi­et­icket. “too much” in­dus­try is com­pared

Con­tact the writer at ray­mondzhou@ chinadaily.com.cn

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Chi­nese ac­tor/di­rec­tor Jiang Wen plays the role of Baze Mal­bus in the lat­est Star Wars fran­chise RogueOne:AS­tarWarsS­tory.

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