This is absolutely hilarious. Walking down Dagu Road today, apart from the numerous new cafes, restaurants and massage parlours (you have the best in Shanghai all within walking distance from each other, Dragonfly, Taipan and Peony amongst other lesser known names), I came upon two DVD stores that look exactly the same and right across the street from each other. To be exact, I did not come upon them just like that. In fact I had heard about these two stores on Dagu Road but this was the first time I saw them ‘in person’ – and what a hilarious sight it was.
To your left on 378 Dagu Road (if you are coming in from all the massage parlours that is) is Movie World. On your right hand side is Movie Star on 407 Dagu Road. So which one should I go into? Pondering hard (I know I should not be using the words “ponder” and “hard” together, but somehow, I just love the sound of the combination) and starting to feel helpless I saw under Movie Star’s store sign a banner that reads “EVEN BETTER THAN MOVIE WORLD”. Voila! So Movie Star is better than Movie World – and not just better, its EVEN BETTER, implying that Movie Star actually harbours at least respect for Movie World.
Easy choice then. Movie World it is: 1. Movie Star is even better, so Movie World must be pretty good to start off with. 2. Never liked comparative advertising to begin with. If you have to compare, it means you have nothing better to say about yourself.
So for those of you on a weekend spree to Shanghai & short on time, head to Dagu Road for a one-stop cure to all (or some) of your Shanghai cravings – good massage, nice coffee shops to regenerate in between, and not one, but two, good DVD stores.