If you live in North America and are lucky enough to be near one of the scant 35 theaters that is showing “The Mermaid,” make the effort to check it out. It was released over the weekend on 2/19 with some sneak preview screenings on 2/18. I spent all day today reading reviews about this wonderfully enchanting & thought-provoking movie. The overall consensus is that while there is a total lack of disregard from Sony’s marketing department for this film, critics are loving Stephen’s environmental message disguised within fantastic nonsensical storytelling & quirky slapstick gags that are infamously Stephen Chow style. Not to mention, they are giving widespread criticism towards Sony for its inactions, leaving us fans wondering what the hell is going on?
I’ve attended a couple of Chinese language films in San Francisco this year and I thought they would show a preview of The Mermaid at least before the Chinese films. Alas, there was no mention of it, not even a Coming Soon poster anywhere to be found. It seems zero dollars were spent marketing this movie in San Francisco and we have one of the biggest Chinese populations around. What gives? They promoted Kung Fu Hustle pretty hard back then but I started to think maybe it is because they are associating Chinese people with martial arts. Thus, I’ve concluded that perhaps this is a little bit racist and Sony should be ashamed of themselves if that is the case.
As a bonus, I came across some wonderful Behind The Scenes videos on YouTube. They are in Chinese but you can see how much work Stephen is putting into the film and they are still worth a watch:
I could go on and on about this but I don’t have to. These reviewers have done it already. Pretty sad how this amazing film is being treated in the US. I don’t expect Stephen to want to work with the US much more.
TO check out some of the reviews I’ve read, see below. Thank you all for giving The Mermaid a voice.
UPDATE:2/23/16 Looks like Sony stepped up and added more screenings. Yay!