Headlines from China: Shanghai Launches Accessible Cinema Project for Visually Impaired Moviegoers

Shanghai Launches Accessible Cinema Project for Visually Impaired Moviegoers

Starting from January 25, visually impaired people can go to the “Love Cinemas” in Shanghai to enjoy the holiday movie Lost in Russia with their family and friends. The project aims to help visually impaired people enter any movie theater and watch any films at any time. Theaters only need to install wireless earphones and transmitters to play special interpretation soundtracks, which make a film more “accessible” to visually impaired audiences. 50 movie theatres across the city and shopping centers have joined the project. For the film Lost in Russia, the production of the interpretation soundtrack has been completed and will be available when the film opens theatrically. Chinese actor Huang Xuan (male lead of Feng Xiaogang’s Only Cloud Knows) serves as the interpreter. Another film Vanguard is also in the process of the soundtrack production, which might be released with the movie during the Chinese New Year holiday if it is completed. Read more on SIFF

Japanese Animated Film ‘Children of the Sea’ Scores China Release

The 2019 Japanese animated film Children of the Sea has been confirmed to release in China, according to the film’s new opened Weibo account. The release date is yet to be announced. Directed by Ayumu Watanabe, the film is based on the manga series of the same name by Daisuke Igarashi, the author of the Little Forest manga series. It follows a 14-year-old girl Ruka who meets two mysterious boys, Umi and Sora, and starts a fantasy adventure between the sea and the sky. Children of the Sea stars the voices of Mana Ashida and Yu Aoi, both are well-known actresses in Japan. Acclaimed Japanese musician Joe Hisaishi scored the film. Read more on Mtime