Back in 2010, a Chinese film company called Shanghai Film Group partnered with the NBA to make the first ever NBA-endorsed basketball outside of the United States.
The 3-D movie called “Amazing” features a storyline that follows a video game tester trying out the first-ever thought controlled basketball game and the issues that come from it:
“Amazing” centers on a video game company boss, Frank (Eric Mabius of TV’s “Ugly Betty”), who is eager to rush his firm’s new thought-controlled basketball game to market, despite the objections of the project leader Bingshan (popular Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming), who warns that a bug in the system could escape the computer and infect players’ brains.
Along the way, Carmelo Anthony shows up to coach an after-school program in China and speaks Shanghainese. Scottie Pippen materializes at the bedside of his No. 1 Chinese fan, and wakes him from a coma by massaging his legs. Dwight Howard appears in a light blue spandex superhero get-up with a cape and tries to use chopsticks.
Two former NBA players from China — Wang Zhizhi and Yi Jianlian — also turn up in bit parts in the story, which cuts between the “Tron”-like virtual world inside the game, the company drama and a love triangle. Footage from multiple NBA games is included in the film as well, courtesy of the league, though no images of Michael Jordan were allowed, director Sherwood Hu said, because the Bulls legend controls the rights to those.
The trailer for the movie was released last week and well, the short two minute trailer might be the best thing that we’ve seen all week: