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'Old Boys' could shape the future of China's film industry
'Old Boys' could shape the future of China's film industry

The big-budget blockbuster “Transformers 4” will be the closing night film at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday, but if you want to glimpse the future contours of China’s movie industry, a more modest festival selection, the offbeat comedy “Old Boys: The Way of the Dragon” is instructive viewing. “Old Boys,” about two amateur Chinese musicians known as the Chopstick Brothers trying to make it big in New York, has no big stars and a budget of about $5 million. It has a powerful pedigree, however: The movie began life as a funny if melancholy 42-minute “microfilm” on the Chinese Internet video portal Youku in 2010 and quickly went viral, garnering about 75 million views....

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