Virtual Film Festival Screenings

Jia Zhangke’s film is one of several Chinese films available at New York Film Festival

If you’re tired of the lack of new releases, consider getting tickets for virtual screenings at some of the world’s biggest film festivals. Most have strong geo-blocking so you can only watch them in the allowed regions. There’s also drive-in tickets for the New York and Toronto if you’re too concerned about the pandemic to go to cinema viewings. All of the festivals have Chinese-language films, although the film I’m mostly excited to see is Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland.

In the U.S.: New York Film Festival
In Canada: TIFF
In Italy: Venice Film Festival
In the UK: London Film Festival

26th Magnolia Awards

Congratulations to Tao Hong for winning Best Supporting Actress! I absolutely loved her in A Little Reunion.

Even though the Magnolia Awards tend to favor actors/directors/dramas in the Shanghai circle, it is the awards show I enjoy watching most because the winners are usually worthy recipients. By all accounts, The Thunder winning Best Drama and Best Screenwriter was probably the biggest surprise of the night. A Little Reunion, Joy of Life and The Longest Day in Chang’an also took home two awards each.

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Celebrity Schedules: July 2020

Luo Yunxi, Immortality

At the beginning of the month many Chinese celebrity workshops will put out a tentative schedule to let fans know what they’re up to.

Here are selected July schedules with what film and drama projects everyone’s attached to. Like June, July is a pretty busy month with almost all A-lister drama actors filming after the coronavirus hiatus.

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Zhou Dongyu, Yi Yangqianxi’s Better Days sweeps the Hong Kong Film Awards

Soul Mate director Derek Tsang’s coming-of-age crime film Better Days won a whopping eight awards at the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriters, Best Actress, Best New Actor (Yi Yangqianxi), Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Original Theme Song.

Best Actress winner Zhou Dongyu is now one step closer to achieving the grand slam of Chinese cinema (Golden Rooster / Golden Horse / HKFA), a feat that has only been accomplished by Zhou Xun and Zhang Ziyi.

Congratulations to the entire crew!

Fan Management 101: How Wang Kai got his fans to listen

Conversation with a buddy who stans Z with me. Z is an artist with a lot of fan problems.
Me: Wang Kai did x, y, z as soon as he was famous to tell fans what he wants from them without having fans lose face.
Buddy: How can you even stand fanning Z after stanning someone as impressive as Wang Kai?

The more I fan other artists and hear about how fans can be setbacks to the artists, the more I’m impressed by everything that Wang Kai has done to guide his fans on the path he wants, so here’s a list of actions Wang Kai executed masterfully in his first year of fame to tell his fans exactly what he wants out of them. If you follow gossip sites, all this was done while Wang Kai was dealing with a huge smear campaign in November.

Obviously, because so many of these actions have become embedded in fan culture and the scalping business, it’s both difficult and costly for any artist to try and refuse them. I don’t really hold it against artists for not being able to do what Wang Kai has done (also I would have to unfan a bunch of people if did, and I need internal consistency), but I have mad respect for Wang Kai for sticking with his own rules and actually reinforcing them in the nicest way possible.

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Wang Kai voices the story of Wuhan’s 76-day quarantine as it comes to an end

As Wuhan opens up on April 7th, actor and Wuhan-native Wang Kai voices a story of medical professionals, workers, and ordinary people coming together to pull through in the 76 days that Wuhan was under quarantine.

Wang Kai, whose mother had planned to visit him on set for Chinese New Year before being stuck in Wuhan, had previously donated 2million RMB to Wuhan hospitals and charities in addition to dozens of ventilators. He also recorded for the cubicle hospital radio service to support those in them.