You can call me a hater, or just annoyed my Zai Zai isn’t in this thing so I’m slapping on the pre-release critical eye, but I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m one of the biggest fans of Black & White the drama out there. So when every little tidbit I’ve seen about the upcoming B&W movie makes me shake my head, it isn’t just because Pi Zi is not in this sucker. Well, okay, I concede some of my dissonance is caused by seeing Ying Xiong jumping around and shooting at shit, without Pi Zi as his foil. Making B&W the movie without Pi Zi is like making 24 the movie without Jack Bauer.
The second trailer just dropped, with the movie coming out in early January 2012. This is clearly set prior to the time period of B&W the drama, as evidenced by dead people being not so dead yet. I like the trailer, I like the action component, but it feels slick and soulless, like every action shoot ’em up out there, without that emotional connection the universe of B&W created. I also don’t see Lan Xi Ying around, so we’re missing the heart and the brains from the drama, tho emo-kickass Chen Ling does make me happy. Whether it does well at the box office will determine if the other two scheduled movies will be made. Who knows, maybe Zai Zai will come back for those.
Second trailer for B&W the movie: