Headlines from China: Documentaries Flourish on Chinese Video Site Bilibili

Documentaries Flourish on Chinese Video Site Bilibili

A documentary series about BBQ has gone viral on Chinese video site Bilibili. In addition to popularity, the doc series has also received an impressively high score of 9.0/10 on Chinese review site Douban. Founded in 2010, Bilibili is a Chinese video site mainly themed around animation, comic, and game (ACG). Interestingly, this site also helped several documentaries, such as Masters In The Forbidden City and National Treasure, gain popularity over the past a few years. The BBQ documentary is the first original documentary series produced by Bilibili. It’s reported that 81.7% of Bilbili’s users are young people who were born between 1990 and 2009. It seems that these Chinese youngsters can appreciate both entertaining ACG content and serious documentaries. Read more on D-entertainment 

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Set for August 3 China Release

Japanese crime drama Shoplifters (Original Title: Manbiki kazoku), which is directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda and won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, has been scheduled to open in Chinese theaters on August 3. Starring Lily Franky and Sakura Ando, the film is about a family who rely on shoplifting to cope with a life of poverty. Read more on Mtime

Renny Harlin’s ‘Legend of the Ancient Sword’ To Release on China’s National Day

On July 16,  ‘Legend of the Ancient Sword’, a film adapted from a popular Chinese video game, released its official trailer. Directed by Renny Harlin, starring Lee-Hom Wang and Song Qian, the film will hit the Chinese theaters on October 1 during China’s lucrative National Day holiday season. The story centers around the adventure of four characters, two warriors (Lee-Hom Wang and Song Qian), one rich young man (Gao Yixiang), and a mysterious girl (Wu Qianyu), who are looking for a sword together to save the world. Read more on xdkb.net