Sir is going to talk about the movie today, everyone should have heard of it these days.
More veteran fans may have started paying attention two years ago — in 2021, it exploded at the Pingyao Film Festival and unceremoniously took away four awards from Pingyao.
There were too many unknowns behind the words "domestic science fiction" back then.
"The Wandering Earth 2", the box office broke 4 billion, and the Douban score was 8.4.
It, three days after its release, has not exceeded 20 million, and the score also fell at 8.4 (the score once broke 9).
It is necessary to change domestic science fiction and even domestic movies like "The Wandering Earth" back then.
It doesn't seem to be blowing:
Space Exploration Editorial Office
The relationship between the film and "The Wandering Earth" is not only in the subject matter.
Kong Dashan, the screenwriter and director of this film, is one of the assistant directors of "The Wandering Earth 2".
Kong Dashan and Guo Fan met because they simultaneously remade the domestic animation masterpiece "The Adventures of Li Xianji", and later embarked on the road of science fiction feature films together.
But the direction is very different:
If "The Wandering Earth" brings you the thrill of solving problems, such as how to implement space elevators, planetary engines, quantum computers...
"Space Exploration Editorial Department" provides surprises that constantly throw questions.
It's like chatGPT when facing a group of trembling humans.
Suddenly the corners of his mouth smiled.
This guy is also a little interesting.
Who is a neurotic?
Tang Zhijun is the editor-in-chief of the editorial board of Space Exploration.
After years of study, he finally received a signal that an alien civilization was in contact with humans.
Immediately call the astronomical and meteorological friend Nari Su and ask him to go to NASA's official website to see:
Have any unexpected events been released？
It cannot be ruled out that it is a confluence of two galaxies
Or some kind of alien civilization
It suddenly sent some kind of strong signal
The signal is too strong, causing energy overload, which in turn leads to his TV set...
"It's not the TV that's bad, it's that there's something wrong with the universe."
How did Tang Zhijun receive this cosmic signal?
With this special tickle made of stainless steel, one end is connected to the wire at the back of the TV, and the other end is connected to your own head.
Monitor the snowflakes of your TV.
Silly, Tang editor-in-chief has his own explanation:
The snowflakes on TV are the afterglow of the birth of the universe.
The official spit of the movie: This is the neuropathy party.
It's hard to find a few "normal people" in this movie.
Director Kong Dashan.
Those who have watched "The Future of Rule of Law" should be no stranger, Kong, once squatted in the bureau.
Charge, "gathering a crowd to shoot literary films".
Risk the audience being suffocated and indulge in self-expression.
There is also a scene of arrest:
A detective pointed to his "well-documented" script and interrogated him. Kong in the picture can only confess his guilt when faced with the ironclad "literary film" script.
Commercial or literary film?!
Tease you to play with it.
In 2015, director Kong Dashan made a short film "Legal Future Time", which had 670,000 hits on station B and was popular on Douban for a long time.
This absurd and satirical short film is steady, accurate, and ruthless into the hearts of fans.
Under the suppression of commercial films, literary and art films have no choice but to become "illegal" underground films, and even making some films with "self-expression" is illegal.
After laughing, now turn your head and look around, and you won't be able to laugh.
The same goes for Space Exploration Editorial Office.
The director specially picked the big screen on April 1, seemingly wanting to make a joke with you.
The protagonist of the story, Tang Zhijun (played by Yang Haoyu), was introduced earlier, a long-unattended editor-in-chief of "Space Exploration" magazine.
One day I found that my TV was broken, and I suspected that an alien civilization had touched Earth.
After searching on the Internet, I found that in a certain place in Sichuan, in the village of Bird Burnt Nest, there was indeed a vision at night.
Someone posted on the Internet that the stone ball in the mouth of a stone lion at the door of a certain household was missing, and someone witnessed that this stone ball glowed and flew into the hands of a glowing villain...
Then, Tang Zhijun took a group of people, including Qin Cairong (played by Arya), an old colleague who could not look at his "scientific research", an alcoholic Narisu (played by Jiang Qiming), who thought Tang Zhijun was cool, and Xiaoxiao (played by Sheng Chenchen), a little fan girl who used to be a "Space Exploration" magazine, to Toriyaki Nest Village.
Here, they meet a teenager with an iron pot on his head - Sun Yitong (played by Wang Yitong), and in him, it seems that some strange phenomenon has really happened.
Just such a fieldwork that seems to be "neurotic" becomes more and more absurd.
Customers of "neuropathy".
Apollo Solar Water Heater approached the editorial office of "Space Exploration" and wanted them to advertise themselves, and the editorial office that had not paid for heating for a long time could be regarded as open.
Qin Cairong, a financial officer of the editorial department, specially turned out the spacesuit produced in the Soviet era and asked Tang Zhijun to wear it for display, and even thought of the advertising space, and pasted it on the helmet of the spacesuit.
Wear is good to wear.
The problem is that the snaps of these decades ago have aged and cannot be taken off.
Seeing that Tang Zhijun was about to suffocate when he was locked inside, he had no choice but to call firefighters and saw open the spacesuit with a chainsaw.
The house is not easy to operate, so I can only call a crane to hang this "astronaut" out.
A spacesuit that has not been "in the sky" for decades, at this time, completed its two-story "aviation" flight.
At this time, the director specially matched this picture with Beethoven's "Ode to Joy".
The atmosphere suddenly became grand and serious.
When Tang Zhijun's helmet was sawn open, he was like an astronaut who had just come out of a spaceship, panting and saying to the "earthling": I am fine.
Yes, there is also a bunch of "neurotic" Party B.
Tang Zhijun's "accident" is just a beginning for the rest of the story.
Then, there is a large series of documentaries that collect all the documentaries such as air roaming, spaceship launches, melting glaciers, war and turmoil, human religion, etc., Kong Director edited the turmoil of the world and the posture of all things in the universe, and used another classical music as the background:
Shostakovich's Second Waltz.
In the interview, Director Kong said: I used Andre Rio's version in the movie, which is an irreplaceable version, which is this netizen comment - "A kind of idealism with warm emotions in the great tragedy, in the pain and despair produced a beautiful and grand illusion." ”
Director Kong said: I think what he wrote is actually Tang Zhijun's verdict.
How can this not be the verdict of human life?
The first thing Tang Zhijun did when he returned to the editorial office was to blame Qin Cairong, you destroyed this spacesuit.
Not for the money, because:
"Then we have one less place to have close contact with aliens!"
Old colleagues who have followed him for so many years understand him:
What a scientist, to put it bluntly, it is a civil science
What is "civil science".
In 1906, the journal "Nature" defined folk science: a folk science is a person whose ideas cannot be changed.
Stubborn people can be "neurotic".
However, Tang Zhijun felt that he was not crazy enough.
Because he believes that neuropathy is their research object, the breakthrough point between human beings and extraterrestrial civilizations.
Therefore, the countryside in front of him is the best research base.
Here is the strange teenager Sun Yitong with a pot lid on his head.
A red hat on his head, a haunted "meteorite hunter".
Looking at this group of "neurotic gatherings", they are chasing alien civilizations carefully and seriously.
Suddenly a little doubt, who is a normal person and who is a neurotic?
Maybe in their opinion, we are also a bunch of "neurotics"?
Is the universe in heaven or underground?
If you think this film is pure madness, then underestimate it.
All the absurd elements in the movie are nothing more than deformations of reality.
In the 90s, a domestic sitcom "The Story of the Editorial Office" swept the country, telling a story that happened in the editorial office of "Guide to the World".
"Guide to the World" is in the same compound as "Space Exploration".
A guide to the world, pointing out the world's mysteries.
Cosmic exploration, in search of ultimate meaning.
In reality, there is also such a magazine.
"UFO Exploration", which was founded in 1981, was discontinued in 2018.
A year later, the public account article of "UFO Exploration" magazine published information about its imminent resumption, which included this sentence:
"Human beings should guard the self outside the ordinary, so that it is not disturbed by entertainment and shallowness, and always retain a little depth and great curiosity."
In the movie, Tang Zhijun also told Xiaoxiao, who is the same age as his daughter, many times, "It is good to have curiosity" and "you must stay curious".
Let's talk about the top pot boy.
The pot on Sun Yitong's head is also based on evidence:
In the eighties and nineties of the 20th century, the qigong craze was popular. People who are addicted to qigong believe that by holding the pot of cooking at home, they can accept the atmospheric field of the universe and achieve a state of unity between heaven and man.
In the past, this behavior was extremely in line with "science" at the moment, but it is ridiculous to look at it now.
It's not over yet.
In the movie, Tang Zhijun came to a house, and there was a couplet on the left and right of the door: Mochou universe is ignorant, Xinghai duckweed family.
Horizontal: Calling for love at the end of the universe.
The fellow god who lives here mysteriously told him -
Once, I met aliens.
I also preserved its body, which is very well preserved.
Want to see it?
Ordinary people can't see it, this "corpse" is only for those who are destined.
As long as you put 520 in this "cosmic merit box", you can witness the true appearance of aliens.
How is this scene so familiar:
Don't say, this matter of preserving alien corpses really exists, and it is also on Shandong TV.
The reporter interviewed this citizen named Li Kai in a serious manner.
I saw the alien corpse in his refrigerator and touched the frozen alien.
They also went to the "crime scene", where Li Kai detailed how the aliens used UFOs to suck his bicycle that night.
I also took a picture of an alien with my smartphone.
And, he talked about how he took the power grid of the electric fish and electrocuted the aliens chasing him.
In the show, he strongly asked the relevant authorities to help him see the alien corpse.
Finally, Li Kai was administratively detained for 5 days for disturbing normal social order.
The story was the original inspiration for the film.
The feeling of the news is 'a serious nonsense'. I feel absurd, which is also very suitable for making a movie.
These stories all come from reality, and they have happened around us.
The absurdity of reality is often accompanied by a serious belief.
A deep "universe" outside of reason is torn out of the cracks.
What is the point of exploring this universe?
A detail in the movie.
Qin Cairong's optical store, called "Huiyan" optical store; The psychiatric hospital that Tang Zhijun went to was called the "Mingxin" psychiatric hospital.
Discernment and clear heart seem to be a special joke made by the director.
Qin Cairong was "blind" to listen to Tang Zhijun's foolishness, and purchased a large number of binoculars; Tang Zhijun was "blinded by lard", so he must find aliens.
It's not just them.
Xiaoxiao said that he chatted with UFOs at night, and the next day was taken by his father to get a pair of glasses, only to find that "UFO" was a billboard in the opposite building;
Sun Yitong said that it was getting dark earlier, and the doctor ordered a potion for him and explained: Don't stare at the sun, your eyes should be blind.
They are all people who can't see clearly.
What blinds their hearts and eyes?
Telescopes, aliens, UFOs, the sun, symbolizing what this group of people longs for but is difficult to touch.
Such as interests, companionship, attention, meaning...
That is, the black hole of desire in the heart.
And the movie wants to say:
Between desire and desire.
Whether it's up or down, pointing deep into the galaxy, or born in a filthy ditch.
All are equally worthy of our attention and exploration.
There is no distinction between expensive and inferior.
Why is there no word in the scripture taken from "Journey to the West"?
Kong Dashan said that his film is similar in essence to "Journey to the West".
Tang Zhijun is a Tang monk, Sun Yitong is Sun Wukong, riding a donkey across the river may be like the Tongtian River... I feel that the story itself is like a contemporary "Journey to the West".
If a person wants to fulfill some grand ideal, he takes his little friend on the road to find the ultimate answer, Tang Monk goes to the Western Heaven to learn from Pudu sentient beings, Tang Zhijun goes to Sichuan to find aliens, wanting to answer his daughter's questions.
Interview from surging news "Universe Editorial Department" director Kong Dashan: Read the universe of human nature in the way of Journey to the West
Therefore, many characters from "Journey to the West" appear in the movie.
In psychiatric hospitals, on the streets, you can see people who want to learn from the scriptures.
Tang Zhijun, like this group of mythical characters who traveled all the way west, is pursuing an ultimate question.
"What is the meaning of our existence in the universe?"
This great proposition may not be known even if you go to the Western Heaven to obtain the true scriptures.
However, Tang Zhijun felt that aliens might know the answer.
And the harder he works, the more engaged he is, obsessively looking for aliens, reality is just hitting him in the face again and again, is he a scientist? As mentioned earlier, his "science" is very unprofessional.
Who is he?
the hapless editor-in-chief of a magazine that is not making money;
a middle-aged man with extremely low intelligence in the world;
A sad loser, an eternal idealist.
Sisyphus who keeps rolling boulders up the mountain; is a Don Quixote who has repeatedly lost and lost many battles;
It is Prometheus, who is tied to a cliff and is pecked at his guts by eagles every day;
It is a golden cicada that came to the quicksand river nine times and was buried at the bottom of the river; Also, it's the donkey that ties a carrot to move forward.
But in the face of similar characters, we always want to persuade "him" to stop.
But he rarely asked why he started.
Tang Zhijun's daughter, who committed suicide due to depression.
He has only six words on this matter: do not understand, do not accept.
In the psychiatric hospital, the doctor still did not know the news of his daughter's death, and when he kept asking about his daughter's condition, Tang Zhijun's eyes wandered, as if he was not listening.
His daughter, who suffers from depression, sent him a message before committing suicide:
What is the meaning of our human existence in the universe.
Yes, this is the ultimate reason why Tang Zhijun wants to find aliens so much.
He wants to find the answer, so that he can answer his daughter, so that he can really face his daughter...
The most important thing is to allow yourself to accept the loss.
What finally defeated Tang Zhijun was not the failure to find aliens again and again.
Not even more ridicule from others.
It's another question that leaves him speechless (from Sun Yitong, who really believes in aliens):
"What if they didn't know, if they came from that far away, just to ask us that question?"
Did he finally find the alien? The director gave us an optimistic answer and an ambiguous answer.
Tang Zhijun returned to the city from the southwest forest to attend his nephew's wedding.
He was "normal".
Stop the magazine and stroke the height that my daughter once left on the threshold.
This left Sir lost thought.
At the end of the story, it is like Wukong after taking the Western Sutra and obtaining the title of Fighting Buddha, he is empty-eyed and values peace.
Tang Zhijun uttered vague words like "everyone is a puzzle that exists, and it is also the answer to a puzzle."
But did he really reconcile?
Sir couldn't believe the story was stuck here:
He was indeed "transformed" by reality, but some of them also died.
Just like the ending of "Journey to the West".
The master and apprentice took the true sutra and returned, passing through a river, and the river was rushing, and the true sutra was wet.
Tang Monk frowned and sighed, alas, why is the end gone?
Then Sun Wukong jumped out.
With the word "Buddha" on the top of his head, he winked and said:
Master, you might as well!
Heaven and earth are inherently incomplete,
Broken Scripture should also be incomplete,
It is not human-powered.
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