搭捷運到信義區去看小新的電影 ~ Taking the Metro to Shinyi to See a Crayon Shin-chan Movie
Taking the Metro to Shinyi to See a Crayon Shin-chan Movie
Author: James Smyth
Editor: Chen Yu-rong
Not long after I moved to Taipei, I went to Shinyi by myself to look around. The subway trip from Gongguan to the closest station Taipei City Hall, takes a little more than 30 minutes, including a line change at Taipei Main Station.
Since it was a beautiful Sunday, not only the subway but even the Shinyi department stores’ spacious food courts were crowded. There were street performances in the lanes between the shops.
Since school hadn’t started yet, I felt free and clear and decided to go to Vieshow and watch a movie. There’s a large selection of films there, and over twenty can play at once. Not only Taiwanese, but also American and even Japanese movies were on display. One three-story building was not enough space for the theater, so there’s another building right across from it. Though there were quite a few staff on hand, I still had to wait in line to buy a ticket.
I wanted to see Toy Story 3, but I hadn’t realized it was no longer showing. No problem: I decided to watch “Crayon Shin-chan: Super-Dimension! The Storm Called My Bride.” It was released in Japan in the spring, then dubbed and subtitled into Mandarin and opened in Taiwan in the summer. Though the Shin-chan TV show is really popular, I sadly hadn’t seen much of it, so I took this chance to find out why it’s so popular. I told the cashier the movie’s Japanese name, “Shin-chan” (he goes by “Xiao Xin” here), and he knew just the movie I wanted to see. Clearly he is popular in Taiwan, as well.
Vieshow’s snacks and prices are about the same as America’s. The theater had a lot of seats. I watched the movie with about 60 other people, mostly families, but the empty seats outnumbered us so much that I almost felt like I was watching the movie alone.
I turned the film into a Chinese lesson. Though the dialogue was a little quick, the plentiful action and simple plot made it easier to understand. I didn’t realize a children’s movie could teach me so much Chinese. The film itself was fun, too.
After watching the movie, I continued to tour Shinyi. Since I had something to do that night, I went home happy not long after 5:00.