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Our Six Best China Stories! Other Obscura 

Our Six Best China Stories!

Happy 61st 62nd birthday, China! (And happy 39th birthday, me!) In honor of this grand celebration of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, today we decided to sift through the AsiaObscura archives, and return to our wildest, most popular China stories of 2011! And so, in order of pageviews…. 6. The Sick Collector and his 2000 Shoes What happens when you take one creepy old man, one disgruntled housewife, and a collection of bizarre tiny shoes? After marital discord, that is. This profile of Yang Shaorong and his…

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China’s first sci-fi movie: Death Ray on Coral Island (1980) Sweet Movies and Wild Books 

China’s first sci-fi movie: Death Ray on Coral Island (1980)

Sci-fi books?  China’s got tons of those. But when it comes to sci-fi movies, China’s really falling behind.  One that really did impress me, though, was the very first to be produced in China: 1980’s gorgeous, fun, and campy “Death Ray on Coral Island” (珊瑚岛上的死光). In “Death Ray,” a good-hearted team of Chinese scientists, based in what appears to be San Francisco, finally succeed in completing their fabulous futuristic invention. That is, until the sinister back-stabbing Americans, played with Bond-villainous glee by Chinese actors in whiteface and prosthetic noses, decide…

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