Two Zhuhai students launch Life of Pi remake, already viewed 200,000 times

Kevin McGeary , March 13, 2013 4:26pm

Two students at the Beijing Institute of Technology in Zhuhai have hit it big with their own mock version of the hit movie “Life of Pi”.

Their 4-and-a-half minute video, called “Life of Chun”, has already been viewed more than 200,000 times, according to QQ news.

Its creators, Chen Dachun and Du Lelian, told reporters the short film is meant as a commentary on the state of art in China — which is cryptic.

Unlike the movie, which recently won an Oscar for Taiwanese director Ang Lee, the “knock-off” version, which has appeared on Ku6, Tudou and Youku, involves a teenager, played by Chen, stuck in a life boat with a crab instead of a tiger.

The crab may be a symbol for “river crabs”, which is a synonym for harmony, the bane of many artists who seek to express themselves in mainland China.

The film has been popular with netizens. One said he just hopes Ang Lee can see it.

Kevin McGeary

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