Frozen 2 fever is now sweeping the world, as the Disney sequel opened strongly in cinemas last week after smashing the record for presales in many countries. The 2013 original, which took nearly US$1.3 billion (about NT$39.7 billion) at the box office, was once the highest-grossing animated film of all time until the record was broken by The Lion King earlier this year.
Apart from the catchy theme songs in the sequel, the Los Angeles Times reported that perhaps the most impressive feature of Queen Elsa and Princess Anna is that they embarked on an adventure wearing pants: Disney almost never lets its heroines wear pants. “These two women I’m proud of, they are carrying the weight of the kingdom on their shoulders ... so they’re going to wear what’s right for that,” co-director Jennifer Lee said recently.
Merchandise sales of the original have reportedly accumulated to over US$107.2 billion worldwide, the highest of any film in history, so Disney is banking on yet another smash hit.
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
1. frozen adj.
(jie2 bing1 de5, bing1 leng3 de5)
2. presale n.
3. heroine n.
Most years, Taiwan is hit by typhoons during the summer and fall, but we have yet to see a typhoon this year. This unusual situation has put pressure on water supply levels in reservoirs around Taiwan. Due to global warming, the typhoons generated in the Pacific Ocean this year have all moved northward, bypassing Taiwan. Although successive fronts and afternoon showers have brought rainfall, it was only fragmented, covering limited areas and did little to replenish reservoirs. As a result, the reservoir storage this year is lower than in previous years. According to the Water Resource Agency, as of 2pm yesterday,
Since its premiere on Oct. 2, US comedy series Emily in Paris has caused a sensation across the world. The Web TV series, starring actress Lily Collins, tells the story of Emily, a young woman who moves from Chicago to Paris for a job, as she struggles both at work and in love while experiencing culture shock. The show has topped streaming giant Netflix’s global chart and is the most-watched show in Taiwan. But the American perspective of the lead character has offended some French critics, who say that the “City of Lights” is not just about berets, croissants and cafes,
This isn’t going to be an easy climb (2/5) 這趟路並不輕鬆（二） A: That was nice of that guy to help you up the slope, extending his hand and pulling you up. B: It was. I’m glad someone put that knotted rope there, but I would still have found it challenging pulling myself up that rock. A: I know. It’s a steep slope, the ground is slippery underfoot and there are hardly any footholds to help you. B: Perhaps we shouldn’t have come up this way so soon after the rains. It’s quite dangerous. A: 那個人真好，你爬上坡的時候還助你一臂之力 ，拉你一把。 B: 沒錯。幸好有人把打結的繩子綁在上面，可是我還是覺得爬上那塊岩石很難。 A: 我知道你的意思。這坡很陡，地又滑，腳下幾乎沒有著力點。 B: 我們或許不應該在下過雨之後這麼快就爬上來這裡。這還蠻危險的。 （Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱譯） English 英文: Chinese 中文:
This isn’t going to be an easy climb (1/5) 這趟路並不輕鬆（一） A: You see that Chinese character carved into the rock by the side of the path? That reads “ren”: it means “endure,” and I want you to remember that when we climb this hill. B: What are you saying? I don’t mind a leisurely hike in the hills. In fact, I’m quite looking forward to it. A: That’s my point. This isn’t going to be an easy climb. It’s going to be a bit of a slog. I don’t want you whining about how difficult it is every step of the way. B: Don’t worry. I’ll be