|The Mark Chao and Han Geng starred YOUTH is an opening day hit|
|Vicki Zhao screams in joy from defeating Stephen Chow's JOURNEY TO THE WEST|
|Vicki Zhao's husband Wong Yau Lung posts a family photo to cheer on her new release|
courtesy of mingpao.com
Vicki Zhao Wei's directing debut, OUR ETERNALLY LOST YOUTH two days ago was released in the Mainland exceeded 45 million RMB before its opening day ended and the LOST IN THAILAND opening day box office of 35 million RMB for the new Mainland 2D Chinese film opening day box office. According to the Mainland online advanced box office tabulation, YOUTH has already passed JOURNEY TO THE WEST: CONQUERING THE DEMONS (SAI YAU, GONG MOR PIN)'s advanced sales. Zhao Wei yesterday screamed in joy, "We beat (Stephen) Chow Sing Chi!"
Zhao Wei put all of her effort into her debut YOUTH, starring Mark Chao (Chiu Yau Ting), Han Geng and others. She even invited her good friend Faye Wong to perform the theme song.
Someone online posted, "I went to buy tickets for YOUTH 3 hours in advance and only the last row and the third row were left." According to YOUTH's current trend, this week's box office would reach 120 million; with the Golden Week next week the box office might reach 500 million.
Viewers have generally praised YOUTH. A critic raved, "The most passing youth film in the past 10 years." The film was a hit with the audience with laughter and tears.
However some viewers did not understand the later part too much; Zhao Wei earlier explained, "Although the film is called YOUTH, basically it's made for adults; in particular to those with experience, children might not understand the later part too much."