Headlines from China: Medical Drama Becomes Popular in China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Medical Drama Becomes Popular Again Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Recently, a 2017 medical drama named Emergency Physician has become popular again in China amid the coronavirus outbreak. On Chinese social media Weibo, the drama series has become a hot topic with over 1 billion views to date, as some of its plots involving novel coronavirus and lockdown. Emergency Physician not only hit the top-viewing charts on Chinese streaming platforms such as Youku, iQiyi, and Tencent Video, but now it has been re-broadcasted by many Satellite TV channels including Guangdong TV, Shandong TV, and Henan TV. However, insiders said that the popularity would be temporary because the general quality of Chinese medical dramas are not impressive. As the epidemic becomes more under control, medical dramas might become less popular. Read more on National Business Daily

Chinese Actress Tang Wei in Talks to  Star in New Film by ‘The Handmaiden’ Director Park Chan-wook

According to South Korean press, Chinese actress Tang Wei is currently in talks to work with South Korean director Park Chan-wook for his upcoming film project – a remake of the Axe, the 2005 film directed by Greek-French director Costa Gavras. Park Chan-wook is best known for his films The Handmaiden (2016), Lady Vengeance (2005), and Oldboy (2003). Tang Wei is known by S. Korean audiences for her performances in Late Autumn (2010) and Speed Angel (2011), both directed by S. Korean filmmakers. In addition, South Korean actor Lee Byung Hun is also in talks to play the male lead of a new project of Park. Read more on Sohu and Mtime