【150604】第22期: Nostalgia fuels cool cat's success

绝望罗勒 (布丁小葵) 资深达人
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发表于:2015-06-04 10:33 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

 

因为想考翻译证,最近很喜欢看China Daily,也很喜欢把China Daily中颇有意思的新闻抄录下来练笔。

之前用茄子说的方法,把新闻中不懂的单词抄下来,以首字母排好,然后按字母顺序一个一个地背。这样在背完A字母的单词后,看新闻就不会再出现一个以A开头而我又不懂的单词了。这个方法听起来好像很玄乎,但真照着做了大半年,发现现在看新闻真的几乎没有一个不懂的以A开头的单词了。好神奇……

当然,我不是说茄子说这个方法真有多好,只是觉得把背单词和看新闻结合在一起,还挺有意思的,而且从某个奇怪的方面而言,可是相当有成就感的哦!因为新闻的用语比较固定,同一类话题中,单词出现的重复率可是相当高的哦!

熊孩子,趁着立夏的热量,开始学习吧!


Please write down your wild guess on words below, and check it out after you finish reading news.

finale

preteen

copter

sequel


  

Nostalgia fuels cool cat's success

Most Chinese born in the early 1980s shared a similar childhood dream-to have a homestay robot as powerful as Doraemon, the Japanese animation character that was officially introduced to the country nearly 30 years ago.

Childhood nostalgia now has helped fuel a box-office miracle. The 3-D computer animated film Stand By Me Doraemon raked in more than 327 million yuan ($52.7 million) in its first five days since May 28, making it the highest-grossing Japanese movie ever in the history of mainland cinemas.

It has also hit a single-day record by taking in 88 million yuan on Sunday, beating the 2011 Hollywood animated blockbuster Kung Fu Panda 2 (67 million yuan) to dominate the box office for animated titles on the mainland.

Based on the Doraemon manga series that was first created in 1969, the tale, also the finale of the Doraemon movie franchise, combines seven short stories to chronicle a complete timeline-from the first time the gadget cat travels back in time from the 22nd century to help preteen boy, Nobita Nobi, known simply as Noby in the English version, until Doraemon bids farewell to its beloved human friend.

The original version, written and illustrated by a two-author team known by their pseudonym Fujiko F.Fujio, includes 1,345 short stories across 45 volumes.

In 1987, the Japanese manga series was first introduced as an 18-volume illustrated collection by the People's Fine Arts Publishing House. A 1991 animated TV series premiered by CCTV made the "cat-type" robot a household name among the country's children and teenagers.

The magical gadgets from Doraemon's pocket, such as Bamboo Copter, a head accessory that allows flight, and Anywhere Door, which opens to any place you wish to go, are part of the collective memory of an entire generation of Chinese.

Alongside the familiar characters and scenes, the Chinese version is dubbed by Liu Chunyan, a famous children TV host.

Some Chinese filmmakers are startled at the unpredicted popularity of the "simple-storyline" production, but on social networking app, WeChat, hundreds of thousands moviegoers, mostly in their 30s, recount their experience of "bursting-into-tears" in theaters, thrilled to see the characters from their childhood.
"It reminds me of the people who accompanied me when I was growing up. They gave me laughter and strength, but then disappeared from my life," a netizen named Lan Shanshang wrote on Douban.com, a major movie review website.

Takashi Yamazaki, one of the directors behind the movie, told media that he hopes Chinese moviegoers will "recollect" their childhood memories in the theaters", and reveals that he may shoot a sequel, if this film grosses more than 200 million yuan.

Yamazaki's hope for the film's box office takings seems destined to come true. The popularity of Stand By Me Doraemon on its first weekend saw the film go from being shown at 25 percent of the country's cinemas to around 35 percent of China's 23,600 screens on Monday.

Though nostalgia is widely accepted as a major explanation, some industry insiders regard the commercial success more relevant to the "good timing" during the fast expanding period of the world's second-largest market, which has maintained a 30-percent rising pace year-on-year since 2008.

"China's market has developed very fast in recent years. The major ticket buyers are 30-somethings who have become regular cinema-goers to take a relaxing break from the stresses of daily life," says Zheng Ye, the production department head of Shanghai-based Fundamental Films, which has a close connection with foreign markets.

"Stand By Me is not the first Doraemon movie to be introduced to China. The previous title was not so well received at the box office, as the market was not as mature as it is today," he tells China Daily.

Doraemon: Nobita No Kyoryu, about Noby's adventurous journey hunting for a dinosaur egg, only brought in 5 million yuan in the first week when it was released as the first Doraemon feature-length movie on the mainland on July 20, 2007.

Suo Yabin, a film professor and an animated title researcher at the Communication University of China, says the long-running animated series has an "oriental" flavor.

"It's about an ordinary child seeking to change his misfortunes and the bullying from schoolmates. But he never becomes a superhero or struggles for success, not like those frequently seen in Western animated productions," says Suo.

"For Chinese, it's a story close to their culture, education system and their childhood lives."

As the first Japanese movie to be shown in China in nearly three years after a Ultraman movie released in 2012, Stand By Me Doraemon is also being seen by some foreign media as a reflection of the improving relations between China and Japan.




Sentence-Making: Please make sentences with words below.

finale

preteen

copter

sequel

 

I love "Blue Fat Cat" very much. It is very cute and funny. When I was young, it was my favorite moment to see Doraemon draw out some interesting gadgets from its little pocket. As every kid did, I had ever been frustrated wishing that I could have a homestay robot just like Doraemon, who could stay by me, laugh with me and cry for me. We are not heros or heroines, neither, we are not princes or princesses. We are just ordinary kids, being brought up by ordinary parents under an ordinary enviornment, and growing up with ordinary friends. But with "Blue Fat Cat", we can have our dreams. We don't need to be as powerful as Ultraman, as clever as Konan, nor as ambitious as Captain Luffy. We just need to be ourselves, being companied by this little cat, and having our daydream.


 

答题区

1、What is the meaning of "preteen"?
2、What is the meaning of "finale"?
3、Which below is the most magical gadget for Doraemon?
4、The original version of Doraemon was illustrated by ____ author(s).
5、What is the meaning of "sequel"?
6、What is the meaning of "copter"?

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