Headlines from China: Hong Kong Film Awards May Cancel Red Carpet 

Hong Kong Film Award May Cancel Red Carpet 

It’s rumored that that the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards may be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak in China. According to Hong Kong media’s reporting on February 4, Tin Kai Man, the director of the award’s organizing committee, responded that as of now, the award ceremony would take place as planed, but the scale may be smaller this year. The ceremony tentatively scheduled for April 19 will now be held in the Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre instead of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tian also said that it is possible that the red carpet would be cancelled due to the limited space of the venue. In addition, the 56th edition of the Grand Bell Awards, the Oscars of South Korea, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The ceremony was originally scheduled to be held on February 25. The 10th Beijing International Film Festival, set in April, may also be affected by the epidemic. Read more on Beijing News & yiqipaidianying

Japanese Animated Feature ‘Children of the Sea’ Cancels Valentine’s Day Release

The February 14 China release of Janapanese animated film Children of the Sea has been cancelled, according to the film’s official Weibo account. This is the third cancellation announcement following the cancellations of Jojo Rabbit and two Chinese productions, Enigma of Arrival and Wild Grass. As for Little Women and other films that are also scheduled for February 14, no official cancellation notice has been announced yet. Read more on 1905.com

Over 90 Million Netizens Watched Emergency Hospital Construction Through Live-Streaming

Huoshenshan Hospital, a makeshift hospital in suburban Wuhan for coronavirus treatments, has started admitting patients on February 2 after the 10-day construction. Leishenshan Hospital, another temporary hospital for coronavirus-infected patients, is also under rapid construction. Since January 27, the state-owned China Media Group’s streaming service Yang Video has created two separate streams for the constructions of the two hospitals, which allows audiences across the country to “oversee” the progress. Over the past two weeks, over 90 million Chinese netizens have viewed the streaming on Yang Video, which offers a real-time bird’s-eye view of the construction sites, with no background music or narration. Netizens also leave their comments under the videos to share their thoughts and feelings. Read more on people.com