Headlines from China: China Launches State-owned Short Video App “Yang Video” 

China Launches State-owned Short Video App “Yang Video” 

China’s first 5G-backed new media mobile app “Yang Video” (央视频, or “center video”) was officially launched by the state-owned China Media Group, aiming at attracting young audiences between age 20 – 45 with short video content as well as video clips from China Central Television (CCTV) and satellite channels across the country. Short video contents on the platform are generated from different kinds of creators, including household names of CCTV’s news anchors, professional video-makers, as well as film & TV companies. According to an article published by yuledujiaoshou, media and entertainment companies including Maoyan, Tencent, iQIYI, Youku, Wanda Pictures, Enlight Pictures, and Huanxi Media have registered accounts and uploaded their short videos on Yang Video. Read more on yuledujiaoshou 

Golden Rooster Awards Crown ‘The Wandering Earth’ as the Best Picture

Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth was crowned Best Picture at the 32nd Golden Rooster Awards, which were held in Xiamen on November 23. It also took the Best Sound prize. The biggest winner of this year, however, is Wang Xiaoshuai-helmed So Long, My Son, taking home three prizes including Best Actor (Wang Jingchun), Best Actress (Yong Mei) and Best Screenwriter (Ah Mei, Wang Xiaoshuai). Earlier this year, Wang and Yong also won Silver Bear for Best Actor/Actress at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. The action war film Operation Red Sea won Best Director for Dente Lam, whose 2016 film Operation Mekong was the winner of Best Picture at the 31st Golden Rooster. Director Wen Muye won the Best Directorial Debut with his 2018 box office hit movie Dying for Survive. Starting from next year, Golden Rooster Awards will be held annually rather than the biennial schedule it had between 2005 to 2019. Read more on Mtime

‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Gets Early Release in China

Originally set for release on December 13, the American film Jumanji: The Next Level has been rescheduled to open in theatres in China on December 6, one week before it hits North America. Film posters with the new release date have been also unveiled. The sequel of popular hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will go up against Brad Pitt-starring Ad Astra, local films The Wild Goose Lake and The Whistleblower. Read more on Mtime