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Dark horse emerges to wrap up the season

(China Daily)

12:55, December 22, 2012

(China Daily)

Lost in Thailand, a small-budget comedy made with only 20 million yuan ($3.1 million), has become a dark horse in the competitive year-end season.

It sold a stunning 300 million yuan in five days since its premiere on Dec 12, marking the highest-grossing first-week box office for a domestic film ever, and dwarfing hyped blockbusters in the same season, such as The Last Supper and Back to 1942.

The audiences' hunger for real entertainment in the festive year-end is obvious. But the season started with two depressing films, Back to 1942 - about a famine in which 3 million people died - and The Last Supper, about a dictator's ruthlessness.

Lost in Thailand came at the right time, but the more important reason for its popular and critical acclaim lies in a solid story, in which characters talk and act like real people.

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