A documentary tribute to Michael Jackson called This Is It was released at midnight last night. The film was released in 2,400 theatres in China. In Beijing, a Jackson impersonator entertained fans, while 1,100 lucky people got tickets to the premiere.
So far reviews are mostly positive, as the footage shows the King of Pop rehearsing for his series concerts he would have held in London.
Director Kenny Ortega decided to give fans one last look at the artist in the weeks and days leading to Jackson's sudden death on June 25 at age 50.
In an interview with the New York Times, Ortega wanted to show Jackson was physically prepared and mentally focused on his work.
"Was he slight? Yes. Was he frail? At times," Ortega said. "But we had a very strong and excited, happy and determined Michael. He wanted to do this more than anything he's ever wanted to do, and he was involved in every aspect of this project. He was there, he was invested, and he wanted to do this. That's the truth. It really is."
However, even four months later, people still can't believe Jackson really is gone.
At work, a few colleagues have messages next to their MSN names, saying they were looking forward to seeing This Is It, the last chance to see their idol. With a limited release of only two weeks, it's certain each screening of the film will be sold out, especially in China, where every other young person born in the 1980s loves Jackson.
But not to worry, those who can't catch the movie in the theatre can watch it on fake DVDs available probably now. But don't get them right away -- wait a few weeks when there will be better copies... well, that's what people say...