On ‘King of Peking’, now on Netflix, and its director’s decision to find his audience online

Posted on July 12, 2018


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A few readers asked if I could – at times – write about foreign films that are more easily available than something that plays at film festivals. One obvious solution is to look at streaming platforms, but the foreign films there are hard to find. Take Netflix. When you click on “Films,” there’s a drop-down box labelled “Genres” – but “Foreign Film” is not a genre. The closest you get is “International,” and that’s a catch-all category for non-Indian films. So you get everything from a star-heavy Hollywood drama like Sully to a sportstar-heavy documentary like Cristiano Ronaldo: The World at His Feet. And even when you search for a foreign film by name – say, you type in “sand storm,” in order to find the 2016 Israeli drama – the “More Like This” option that pops up below brings up films more on the basis of theme than language.

So I try to watch for articles that show what’s new on Netflix (and other platforms), which is how I know the devastating Blue Valentine is now available for streaming, as is King of Peking, which is about a single-parent father trying to make it big in the movie-projection business with the help of his young son. It sounds like the very recipe for cuteness, especially when you hear the characters are called Big Wong (Zhao Jun) and Little Wong (Wang Naixun), and that they were “like partners from old Westerns.” Or the Lethal Weapon films. Big Wong and Little Wong call themselves Riggs and Murtaugh, after the Mel Gibson and Danny Glover characters in those Hollywood blockbusters. Sample line: “This is Riggs and Murtaugh’s secret headquarters.”

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