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Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Unexpected, reasonable!

On the first day after the end of the Spring Festival, the box office of Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" has exceeded 1.4 billion.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

This is not the most critical, the most critical thing is that "Article 20" finally counterattacked "Hot and Hot" in a single day and stood on the first place at the single-day box office.

Yes, you read that right.

A movie that was looked down upon by almost all box office prediction agencies before the start of the Spring Festival, once lost to "Bear Infested" at the box office during the Spring Festival, and it took 8 days to complete the word-of-mouth counterattack, and it is likely to become the biggest box office dark horse in #2024 Spring Festival stalls#.

Although "Hot and Hot" and "Flying Life 2" are still being released, judging from the box office trend, once the box office counterattack of "Article 20" starts, it will be difficult to stop.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

At present, the latest box office forecast of the film has been raised to 2.4 billion box office, but I think it is still too conservative, 3 billion, that is, close to the final box office of "Flying Life 2", narrowing the gap with the final box office of "Hot and Hot" to about 1 billion, is the due point of the film.

"Article 20" has this achievement, no one could have predicted it, even Lao Mouzi himself probably did not expect that the counterattack would arrive late.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Before the start of the Spring Festival, many people thought that the title of the film didn't know what it was talking about, or it was a realistic theme.

From the perspective of the actors, it is still full of the shadows of "Hurricane" and "The Long Season", I'm afraid it's not another "work of money"?

Because the audience's expectations for it are not high, on the first day of the Spring Festival, its film schedule only ranked fourth, and the box office was not an explosion.

However, after a whole Spring Festival, "Article 20" not only has a good box office performance, but the audience's reputation has also withstood the test.

The more people watch, the better the word-of-mouth, and the sound of praise overshadows wave after wave. has been on the screen for many days, and passers-by and audiences continue to join.

Moreover, even authoritative media such as the People's Daily interviewed the Supreme People's Procuratorate and issued a special article to praise it by name.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

All this, of course, is because, in the thinking of law and heavenly principles, national law and human feelings, "Article 20" explores the answer to fairness and justice in the hearts of the people.

Once upon a time, the audience believed in big directors, but the market is changing, when Jia Ling and other new directors have risen, it seems that they are better at finding the explosive password of the new generation of audiences than big directors.

But when "Article 20", which counterattacked at the box office, paved another way for domestic films, I wanted to say: It has to be an old man!

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

As soon as "Article 20" was released, the glory of the great director returned.

Why counterattack?

I think there are 3 reasons why it's key!

1: Storytelling

Watching movies, especially Spring Festival movies, some people rush actors, some people rush special effects, and some people rush topics, but I think that for a movie to be really good, you have to watch the story.

"Article 20" tells a story that is most difficult to tell.

The box office of the film is not doing well, to a large extent, because many viewers are confused when they look at the title, what does it mean?

But Zhang Yimou just used this title.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

"Article 20" refers to Article 20 of the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China, that is, the legal interpretation of "legitimate defense".

With this title, Zhang Yimou actually took the initiative to give up part of the box office, at least, part of the opening box office, because he wanted this law to be deeply rooted in the hearts of the people and remembered by the audience deeply - even if it may represent a box office loss.

I know that the name of this film is not easy to sell, I know that this film is essentially a legal science popularization film, and I know that it is even more difficult to give the audience the difference between "legitimate defense" and "excessive defense" in 140 minutes!

But I just did it!

What is a great director, this is what a great director should be!

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

But this means that cinema is a dangerous road.

It's not like other movies in the Spring Festival file, talking about slimming, racing, boxing, the theme has its own ignition, shoot it along, and you can't go wrong.

"Article 20" is different, it is smashed, that is, the movie version of "Today's Statement", the box office will not be good, the effect of law popularization will be discounted, and the audience will scold angrily.

But Zhang Yimou made the movie affectionate and righteous.

It is no exaggeration to say that "Article 20" may be Zhang Yimou's most popular work, and it may also be the work with the most comedy elements.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

The story is divided into three lines: the main line is that Han Ming (played by Lei Jiayin) from the county procuratorate went to the city procuratorate for a temporary post.

son Han Yuchen (played by Liu Yaowen) was falsely accused for righteousness and bravery, and his wife Li Maojuan (played by Ma Li) beat the school leader (played by Zhang Yi) by mistake.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

There are also two story lines of the case.

Zhang Guisheng (played by Yang Haoyu) acted bravely, was sentenced to three years in prison for excessive defense, and was expelled. ”

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

The mute girl Hao Xiuping (played by Zhao Liying) has been violated by the village bully for a long time, her husband resisted in anger, but was threatened, and finally stabbed the perpetrator more than 20 times, and the defendant was sentenced to death for intentional injury.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Three things, in fact, are one thing, that is, Zhang Yimou set a "popular" tone for "Article 20":

In the big and small affairs of ordinary people, the contradiction between reason and law is told.

Model driver Zhang Guisheng was convicted of intentional injury, and the last time he encountered a traffic accident, his daughter took her father's helmet and asked Han Ming, "Is my dad guilty?"

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

The husband who stabbed the village tyrant to death was detained, and the family members of the village tyrant blocked the door of the procuratorate, demanding that the murderer be severely punished.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Around the various contradictions of legitimate defense, Han Ming acted as a stand-in for the audience, which was related to the three things, and also strung together the emotional dilemma that all of us deeply experienced.

"The law is right" "So who's at fault?"

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

After watching this movie for the second time, recalling, if you want to ask me what my first impression is, I will say "immersive viewing".

The three story lines are scattered and gathered, and the plot rhythm is tight, without dragging mud and water.

Zhang Yimou strikes a good balance between realism and humorous elements, without being condescending or overly frivolous.

Both realism and comedy were filmed.

The multi-thread is intertwined, loose on the outside and tight on the inside, and the surface is a stack of jokes between husband and wife, but the gags are all pure natural life textures.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

The audience is immersed in it, laughing, crying, surprised, and angry, which is called starting with the details and moisturizing things silently.

At the end, the audience discovered Zhang Yimou's cleverness, and all the stories finally pointed to the legitimate defense issue of "Article 20".

The most ingenious and valuable thing about the movie is its civilian perspective, which is written in small letters and in large letters, and explores the legal dilemmas in life through the encounters of the little people at the bottom.

In a way that ordinary people can touch and feel, complete vivid science popularization.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

In the end, to commend the simple and righteous deeds of righteousness and courage, to demonstrate the spirit of fairness and justice, and to tell the audience: why is Article 20 so valuable, and why is it closely related to ordinary people?

The highest level of storytelling is to make you believe in the story, immerse yourself in the plot, lead you to empathy, and finally, let you really feel the emotions of the characters in the film, "Article 20" has done it!

2: I found the right actor

Whether the movie is good or not, being able to tell a story is the key, but at the same time, you must also find the right actors.

On the surface of "Article 20", the choice of actors is a bit arbitrary.

"An Xin" Zhang Yi, "sister-in-law" Gao Ye, "Yang Jian" Wang Xiao, and "Li Hongwei" Aruna in "Hurricane".

"Wang Xiang" Fan Wei, "Ma Desheng" Chen Minghao, and "Dumb" Jiang Mingqi in "The Long Season".

Isn't this the building of the cast of "Hurricane" and "The Long Season"?

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

plus Lei Jiayin, Ma Li, Zhao Liying, Yu Hewei, Xu Yajun, Li Naiwen, Pan Binlong, Qiao Shan, popular and powerful, yes, first-class comedians, too.

Zhang Yimou seems to have engaged in a team building of good actors in 2023 national dramas, isn't this like a joke?

There is also a shooting detail, Zhang Yimou found Zhao Liying to play the victim, at first the child was deaf and mute, but the mother was not.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

But after Zhao Liying studied the script, she proposed to make her mother deaf and mute, and Lao Mouzi agreed, which is okay?

Is this a great director?

But after watching the movie, I realized that this is called a great director.

The big director is not the fame, but the control of the movie actors, and the tolerance is great.

For example, the actors of "Hurricane", are they indiscriminate?

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Isn't the "Kang Village" in the film equivalent to the Mang Village in "Hurricane"?

Li Hongwei turned into Liu Wenjing. is still a villain who bullies men and women, and this sense of substitution does not come immediately.

Chen Minghao changed from the horse team to the Li team.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Isn't this equivalent to the parallel universe encounters of the characters in "The Long Season"?

I think it's good, it turns out that Chen Minghao is still a character in domestic film and television dramas.

The elderly trio didn't let the words fall, and now they can't play against Lei Jiayin Ma Li in the car.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

But it's not enough to choose the right actors, a real big director can make good actors go further.

For example, Lei Jiayin went to a convenience store and met Qiao Shan's little boss.

Qiao Shan was watching TV, broadcasting "Man Jianghong" and two Lei Jiayin appeared at the same time, Lao Mouzi played very high, but in the end, Lei Jiayin's passionate speech, I think it surpassed the poetry recitation in "Man Jianghong".

Also, Ma Li, her bickering scene with Lei Jiayin contributed the most laughs in the whole film.

The two of them were in a hurry, constantly saying jokes, one after another.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Even if it is a supporting role, it is also brilliant.

Let's just say that Director Zhang of Zhang Yi was crushed to death by Ma Li in one sentence, isn't this still a few centimeters away?!"

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

was so angry that his eyebrows instantly drooped, his lips trembled violently, and the words came to his mouth and swallowed.

Comedy is full of laughter.

Throughout the movie, the actors' performances are remarkable, and each character has "emotions" and personalities, which is very natural.

How do great directors use actors, I think this film is a textbook-level demonstration.

But the most exciting thing is Zhao Liying.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Village woman, Zhao Liying has played, but the role of Hao Xiuping is too brilliant.

A deaf and dumb girl, beautiful, stubborn and smart, but her life is so bitter.

With a five-year-old daughter, bullied by the village bully, and her husband is also at risk of death, it can be said that as soon as she appeared on the stage, the whole play had the most vitality.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

The character is like a weed, crushed by the wind and rain, so she has unspeakable grief and anger in a desperate situation, the hands that keep waving, and the eyes that are eager to be understood, are more powerful, as if looking at you and thousands of viewers through the suffering of the character.

In particular, the scene of standing on the edge of a high-rise building, in just a few seconds, from desperate accusations, to reaching out to Han Ming with a glimmer of hope, and then to resolutely jumping down in order to protect his family.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

This strong, chivalrous, and tenacious woman does not have a word in the whole film, just relying on her eyes, limbs, and crying scenes, everyone is moved.

Even at the last moment of her life, she was still so tenacious, so clear, and so sober, she knew that only her own death was the greatest protection for her family.

And she did.

Before the movie was released, I was also worried about whether Zhao Liying would be able to handle the film performance.

However, looking at it now, the film chose the right actors, Zhao Liying not only supported the box office, but also used her solid acting skills to perfectly shape the role of the mute mother, and her delicate and layered performance made many audiences applaud.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Not only her, but also Lei Jiayin, Ma Li, and Gao Ye, all the leading actors are online, and the supporting actors are almost all outstanding.

What is a big director? It is the actor Zhang Yimou is looking for, there is no actor who can't come, but when he comes, he is not selling a face, but no matter how many scenes he has, he is brilliant.

No matter what role you are, when you come, it's the role in the play.

3: Poke at the audience's pain points

has a good story, a good actor, and can also poke at the audience's pain points before the movie can be counted.

What is the point that Zhang Yimou wants to poke at the audience?

At first, I thought it was a joke.

Let's just say that in the theater where I watched the movie twice, the laughter was one after another, and the atmosphere was very good.

The popcorn I bought both times was laughing and completely immersed in it.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

However, this is just a table that Zhang Yimou wants.

The inside of the movie, I think, is closer to "The Long Season".

On the surface, it is talking about the case, but in fact, it is about the joys and sorrows of the little people.

The opening wiring, the middle section is closed, and the last three story lines, like the confluence of rivers, go down mightily.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

The hero driver played by Yang Haoyu suffered an accident.

The deaf and mute mother played by Zhao Liying chooses to jump off the building to protect her family.

The mother played by Ma Li beat up Director Zhang, but the child's studies were suspended.

The three climaxes came almost at the same time, the suspense and dramatic tension were full, and the audience's emotions had reached their peak.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Lao Mouzi, don't hide it - the point where the movie really pokes at the audience, it's time to move out.

At the end of the film, Han Ming played by Lei Jiayin appeared, endured and endured, endured and endured, and finally couldn't bear it Han Ming, who made the speech of "Law, you can't bow to lawlessness".

This is what Zhang Yimou wants to say.

Similar expressions have been filmed by Zhang Yimou.

"Qiu Ju's Lawsuit" in the 90s, realistic style, documentary technique, art film expression.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Many years have passed, and the Chinese film market is no longer the market of the year, and the Chinese film audience is no longer the audience of the year.

When to speak, to speak, or not to speak?

Of course!

Can you stand and say it, and you have to let more viewers see it?

Yes!

Write drama with joy and sadness with joy, Zhang Yimou used a Spring Festival movie to respect the needs of most audiences, and at the same time let the big guy in front of the screen, when everyone was immersed in the plot with bated breath, he used the most easy-to-understand face to package the complex contradictions between law and reason.

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

The audience laughed and cried, and the reason was clear.

What is the truth?

Let's revisit Lei Jiayin's last line, it's so well written-

"What is law? It is the law of heaven, the law of the land, and the human feelings.

I don't believe in the law of the land without heavenly principles, nor do I believe in heavenly principles without human feelings."

"The law is to make it more expensive for bad people to commit crimes, not to make good people more expensive. “

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

I watched this scene twice, and both times I couldn't hide my excitement, speechless and choked, and the tears flowed like a big New Year, so cool!

At this point, I completely understood Zhang Yimou's thinking: layer by layer, peeling off the cocoon, starting from the simple facts of the case, and exploring the deep human feelings and legal principles step by step.

The movie covers school bullying, social fairness and justice, vulnerable groups, etc., and finally falls on the theme of legitimate defense, which provokes the audience to think: What is legitimate defense?

Is it legitimate defense to accurately control the force point to stop?

But what should you do if you click and stop, and the other party doesn't click to stop?

Righteousness and courage, of course, it is best to rely on it, but when you encounter a villain, you must do it, how to control the scale?

The scale is so difficult to grasp, so in the face of the victims, to help or not to help?

To save, or not to save?

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

The good thing about the movie is that every case in the film is actually a situation that we may encounter in the lives of ordinary people.

It can be said that there is finally a movie that really puts the law into the hearts of ordinary people.

I must praise a statement by Lei Jiayin at the end, which is more than 2,000 words long and nearly 10 minutes of play.

In these 10 minutes, Lei Jiayin contributed his best performance since his career, his emotions progressed layer by layer, pushing himself and others, and expressing the people's expectations and demands for the law-

"Where does the authority of the law come from? From the most simple emotional expectations of the common people!"

"This "Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China", a total of 452 articles, 56,681 words, from beginning to end is not written in four words: fairness and justice!

Isn't that what every ordinary person wants!"

Every sentence is deafening.

Every sentence is the voice of our people.

After reading "Article 20" twice, I just want to say: Han Jian Niu Break!

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Lei Jiayin bull break!

Lao Mouzi, Niu Break!

In the end, I realized that I understood not only Article 20, but also the true meaning of the Fa: The Fa is based on the most simple emotional expectations of the common people!

As the Supreme People's Procuratorate expressed in an interview with the People's Daily, "What we are handling is not a case, but a person's life!"

It is no exaggeration to say that this is the domestic movie that the audience should watch the most, and this is the domestic movie that the audience wants to watch the most!

Zhang Yimou's "Article 20" is counterattacking, with an estimated box office of 2.4 billion?

Although, no matter how counterattacked the box office of the film, it may not be able to win the final total box office champion of the Spring Festival stalls, and even, the box office gap with the first place may not be small.

However, I believe that this is not something that Zhang Yimou cares about, making a bright movie is.

Don't worry, the show has just begun.