According to the box office contest of Lighthouse Professional Edition, a number of industry media have released the forecast results for the box office of the 2023 Spring Festival movies: most of them are optimistic about Wandering Earth 2, predicting the box office range of 2.8 billion-3.8 billion; Ranked second is "Man Jiang Hong", which predicts the box office range of 1.5 billion to 2 billion; "Unknown" predicts a box office range of 350-600 million; "Exchange of Life" predicts a box office range of 1.2-1.4 billion; "Deep Sea" predicts a box office range of 1.8-2.4 billion; "My Bear’s Companion" predicts a box office range of 600-800 million; "China Ping-Pong Fight Back" predicts a box office range of 250 million-300 million.
Obviously, among them, the film that all platforms and media are least optimistic about is China Ping Pong, which is co-directed by Deng Chao and Yu Baimei. The box office forecast made for this film is not even as good as the cartoon "Bears Come and Go". So what did this movie do, or didn’t do anything, or did something wrong, so that so many people don’t like it?
This year’s Spring Festival movies are quite rich in types, including science fiction movies, comedies, suspense movies and cartoons. Among the seven movies, "China Ping Pong" is the only theme movie, a sports movie adapted from a true story. The story takes place in 1988, when table tennis became a real Olympic event for the first time. China was repeatedly defeated by the Swedish team with Waldner and persson, while the China table tennis women’s team made great achievements. Faced with this dilemma, Cai Zhenhua, the head coach of men’s table tennis, was ordered to form a new team, leading Ma Wenge, Wang Tao, Ding Song, Liu Guoliang and Kong Linghui, who later became known as the "Five Tiger Generals". After a period of hard training, he finally fought back at the Tianjin World Table Tennis Championships in 1995 and returned to the peak.
Deng Chao is not only the director of this film, but also plays the leading role of Cai Zhenhua. From the trailer released at present, a slogan of blood and inspiration came in like chicken blood. It stands to reason that a film based on a true story should not be much worse, but why do people hold such a negative attitude towards this film? This can’t be blamed on netizens. Everyone is really scared by Deng Chao!
Don’t care about anything, just look at the poster first. I saw a photo of Deng Chao and Sun Li hanging on the poster, which made everyone break into a cold sweat. I still remember the last time a couple appeared on a movie poster, but no one in the audience who saw the movie didn’t mention the ugly movie "Villain Angel". How ugly is it? When people spit, they don’t want to expand the content of the film itself, just want to swear. Someone concluded that the film should be renamed "Ew! Go away! God, shit. Having said that, you can imagine how much psychological shadow this movie has caused everyone. The faces of Deng Chao and Sun Li are hung on the movie poster, and it’s hard not to recall the painful past when we look at the same thing this time.
Deng Chao and Sun Li’s husband and wife fit, just make everyone afraid of appearance, the kernel is king Fried. What is the kernel? It is a "strong alliance" between Deng Chao and his good partner Yu Baimei. Without Yu Baimei as a screenwriter, the movie wouldn’t be so bad. That annoying thing only makes people have a headache. What’s even more troubling is that Yu Baimei doesn’t think he is not funny, and Deng Chao doesn’t think Yu Baimei is not funny. They always like to be tied to each other. Together, the two are clearly a pair of locked-up bad film partners, and the audience is not stupid. Why should they walk into the cinema again after being cheated for the first time?
In addition, everyone already knows that this movie tells a story that can be finished at a glance.
According to the true story, instead of paying for going to the cinema, the audience might as well change the TV channel directly to five sets of CCTV, which are free of charge, to watch the real athletes play a game with real swords and guns to get excited. Besides, at the risk of going to see some actors who don’t know how to perform well, and the growth trajectory and private bumps and contradictions fabricated by the coaches, friends who love sports are more willing to watch a classic game replay.
Finally, what makes people feel even worse is that Deng Chao once again launched the whole entertainment circle’s friends to promote him.
Almost incited more than half of the entertainment circle, and hundreds of stars forwarded "China Table Tennis" to announce Weibo’s filing date. This movement is really not small. However, as we all know, the All-Star cast is often (most of the time) equal to a bad film. The more it is widely publicized, the more people feel that the film is lacking in confidence, and they can only rely on these side roads to gain eyeballs.
As for whether this movie will be at the bottom, and whether there will be a movie that will become a dark horse, everything will be announced during the Spring Festival.