Categories: Book, China, Cross cultural



Several weekends ago two friends and I went to see the new Bourne movie at a  theater here in Beijing.

A few movie facts about Amy:

  1. I love movies. Or at least in my pre-China phase I saw A LOT.
  2. It’s been years since I’ve seen a movie in China in the theater. As in probably ten years.
  3. Prior to the Bourne movie, the earliest I’d seen a movie in a theater was around 11:30 a.m.

Both friends are married and have young children. One recently gave birth and one is pregnant and I like to be in bed before 10 p.m. All of this adding up to working around husbands’ availability to watch kids and not going too late to a movie.

When Sally texted if I’d like to see a movie at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday an internal voice said, “Movies are not morning activities.” Says who?

For those wondering who sees movies in the morning, the movie theater wasn’t full, but we most definitely were not the only three seeing a movie on Saturday morning.

Having gotten back on the old movie horse, I’m going to see Life of Pi this weekend. You know I love a good linguistic turn of a phrase as it makes me pause and consider (something I need more of). I used Google translator to figure out which movie listing was Life of Pi. Imagine my delight when Juvenile camp fantasy drifting popped up.

Let that linguistic delight roll off your tongue — seriously, say out-loud — Juvenile camp fantasy drifting.

I’m not sure Pi would call it “camp,” but I do think he’d enjoy the nuances of language and it would give him something to think about as he drifted.

If you haven’t read the book, do so! I can’t speak for the movie, but will leave a comment about it after I’ve seen it.


What’s the earliest in the day you’ve seen a movie?

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  1. Mia December 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Hi Amy
    I saw the movie too and thought it excellent! Have you seen Taken 2? Also very good, but then I am a Liam Niessen fan! My Hubbie and I love watching movies on his computer and that is such special time we spend together. The more spy….y the movie, the better!
    Bless you

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    Amy December 3, 2012 at 6:24 am - Reply

    The movie is visually spectacular — the relationship between Pi (you know my love of Pi!!) and Richard Parker was beautifully told in all it’s complexities. Ang Lee is gifted.

    I’d never seen a 3-D movie in the theater. I am not a fan — especially as a glasses wearer.

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