From sexbots to a mugger’s beatdown and the Hong Kong film awards: It’s Viral Week
*The Viral Week That Was is our weekly round-up of the previous week’s trending memes, humor, rumor, gossip, and everything else Chinese netizens are chatting about. Think of this as a nicotine patch to help ease yourself into the working week after suckling on the smokey teat of the weekend.
Welcome back one and all to the wonder-filled world of the Middle Kingdom. Coming up on today’s Viral Week, we bring you an original animation from Tibet, beating robbers in Milan, China’s best Trump impersonator, and the results from the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards. But first…
What can a man with a master’s degree in artificial intelligence do with his life? Maybe create the perfect digital entertainment companion that knows exactly what you want to watch when you want it? Or perhaps design an adaptive video game that can changes content based on a player’s ability and experience?
Then there’s the approach that Zheng Jiajia went with—creating a sexbot.
In an attempt to fulfill the dreams of Weird Science fans everywhere, Zheng created Yingying last year and, after two months of dating, they “decided” to tie the knot.
According to reports, a friend had said that Zheng was deeply affected by a failed relationship during university and thought that he would never find love again, although Zheng has since claimed that this was a joke.
Zheng has promised to continue upgrading Yingying to build upon her abilities of simple speech and image recognition. He hopes to have her walking around and doing housework in the near future.
However, Zheng has yet to respond to claims that once Yingying achieves full AI (whatever that means), she will be born into a forced marriage and years of nonconsensual sexual abuse.
CARTOON FROM TIBET
Coming in May to a Tibetan channel near you is Agu Dainba, a legendary folk hero famed for his intelligence and helping the poor combat their feudal rulers.
This new stop-motion cartoon marks the first original Tibetan animated film to hit the small screen and will run for over 52 episodes. It will focus on the retelling of “Uncle Dainba” stories in the Tibetan language and producers will concurrently release a series of books and other themed-products across the country.
Agu Dainba had previously appeared in Tibet’s first comedy in 1983 and famed playwright, Soinam Cering, has said to have collected over two hundred tales from locals regarding this folk legend.
Recently, two men in Milan attempted to hold up a supermarket in Chinatown. Unfortunately for the robbers, the Chinese store owner does not adhere to the adage of “the customer is always right” and proceeded to blind the men with pepper spray.
One of the criminals managed to escape, but the other was quickly caught in a compromising position from which he received beatings from both the store owner and his wife.
Regrettably, words cannot fully describe the actions that took place. Luckily, the store had security cameras. Enjoy.
Li Liangwei was just like any other man when one day, while drinking with friends, he lost his temper and demanded that people listen to him. A mate quickly had Li repeat himself and then pointed out that what he had done bore uncanny resemblance to President Donald Trump.
Thus began Li’s journey from retire editor of a Hunan arts magazine to Trump impersonator.
Originally Li had no idea who this Mr. Trump was, but the more he read about the US president, the more respect he had.
Now, armed with spray-on hair coloring and extensive whiteface, Li tours commercial events rousing crowds and endorsing products for fees several hundred dollars.
THE HK OSCARS
This weekend featured the 36th annual Hong Kong Film Awards, which is what many say is the Hong Kong version of the Academy Awards.
And like all award ceremonies, the pre-show action is just as important as the awards themselves.
The biggest winner of the night was undoubtedly Trivisa—the tale of three real life Hong Kong mobsters—which took home awards for Best Film, Director, Actor, Screenplay, and Editing.
Here is a list of the main winners.
Best Film – Trivisa 树大招风
Best Director – Frank Hui 许学文, Jevons Au 欧文杰, Vicky Wong 黄伟杰 (Trivisa 树大招风)
Best Actor – Lam Ka Tung 林家栋 (Trivisa 树大招风)
Best Actress – Kara Wai 惠英红 (Happiness 幸运是我)
Best Supporting Actor – Eric Tsang 曾志伟 (Mad World 一念无明)
Best Supporting Actress – Elaine Jin 金燕玲 (Mad World 一念无明)
Best Screenplay – Loong Man Hong 龙文康, Thomas Ng 伍奇伟, Mak Tin Shu 麦天枢 (Trivisa 树大招风)
Best New Performer – Wu Tsz Tung Tony 胡子彤 (Weeds On Fire 点五步)
Best Cinematography – Peter Pau 鲍德熹, Cao Yu 曹郁 (See You Tomorrow 摆渡人)
Cover image from Trivisa from Mtime