"Twilight" Movie soon to hit Chinese screens

The movie "Twilight", which has won wide acclaim among teenagers in Europe and America, now is available in the Chinese mainland. And it's expected to be a major contender in the New Year Season fray.

"Twilight" is a 2008 romantic-fantasy movie directed by Catherine Hardwicke and based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Mayer. The focus of the film is on the development of a personal relationship between human teenager Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen, and the subsequent efforts of Cullen and his family to keep the girl safe from hostile vampires.

Since its North American release last November, "Twilight" has been a smash hit at the box-office, grossing over 35-million US dollars on its opening day. According to its producer, the movie took nearly three years to develop, partly because its writer created a screen adaptation that is drastically different from the novel. Currently the sequel titled "New Moon" is showing in North America.

Now imported into China as a strong contender for the New Year season, "Twilight" is expected to create a similar sensation among Chinese teenagers.

The success of "Twilight" has been attributed to the reputation of the novel series of the same title. The volumes penned by Stephenie Meyer have reached the top of bestseller lists in dozens of countries. So far the novels have sold over 80-million copies in 40 countries across the world.

To prepare the Chinese audience for the story, the films promoter has released a handbook providing some background of the production.


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