Is Chinese New Year turning into China's equivalent of the U.K. Christmas ad extravaganza this year? On top of emotive and uplifting Chinese New Year films from the likes of Apple and Budweiser, now here comes one from smartphone brand Oppo, a poignant love story about a boy and girl who inhabit two different planets.
The film, created by Goodzilla and directed by Henry Scholfield via Black & Cameron, is a seemingly big-budget affair starring two well-known actors, Yang Mi and Zhang Binbin. It's a love story set in a universe where each inhabits a different planet orbiting each other closely as the years pass and seasons change. At first, as kids, they can easily leap between each other's planets. But as they grow older, fall in love and then quarrell, the planets somehow seperate and gravitational forces pulll them apart. (The VFX, created by post production house Fin Design + Effects in its Shanghai and Sydney offices, do a good job of illustrating their predicament.)
Running on TV and online, the film focuses on the joy of gift-giving at Chinese New Year; when they're apart, all the girl has is a gift of a smartphone with photos on charting their relationship (somehow, the smartphone seems to defy the gravitational forces). And when they finally make it back together she says: "We still don't have a photo together yet."