Headlines from China: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Rumored to Release in China and the U.S. Simultaneously

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Rumored to Release in China and the U.S. Simultaneously

It’s rumored that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (also known as Star Wars: Episode IX) will be released in China on December 20 simultaneously with its opening in North America. So far, Disney has not responded to this rumor. If it is true, The Rise of Skywalker will be the first Star Wars film to be released in China day and date with North America. In the past, Star Wars movies were usually released in China in January, roughly a month after its North American opening during the December Christmas season. Read more on Mtime

Short Video Platform Kuaishou Partners with CCTV for 2020 Spring Festival Gala

Chinese short video platform Kuaishou has been named “exclusive interactive partner” (独家互动合作伙伴) for the 2020 Spring Festival Gala, one of the most-watched TV show produced by China Central Television (CCTV). In the past, Kuaishou has partnered with CCTV to stream short video clips from the Chinese new year Galas. This year, Kuaishou will replace the gala’s previous partner Baidu to distribute virtual “hongbao (red packet),” a monetary gift symbolizing good fortune, to users on 2020 Chinese New Year’s Day. This will be the first time CCTV partners with a short video company for the “hongbao” campaign. Read more on shuyumenggongchang

Hainan Festival’s Inaugural Golden Coconut Awards Unveil Nominated Feature Films

Presented by China Media Group, the upcoming Hainan Island International Film Festival announced the nominated feature films for its inaugural Golden Coconut Awards. The list includes 13 feature-length films including A First Farewell (Wang Lina),  A Son (Mehdi Barsaoui), Balloon (Pema Tseden), Beneath the Shadow (Keishi Ohtomo), Deerskin (Quentin Dupieux), Fire Will Come (Oliver Laxe), White Snake (a Cantonese opera film directed by Zhang Xianfeng), Los Lobos (Samuel Kishi Leopo), Marghe and Her Mother (Mohsen Makhmalbaf), The Whistlers (Corneliu Porumboiu), To Live To Sing (Ma Nan), Verdict (Raymund Ribay Gutierrez), and 1982 (Oualid Mouaness). Read more on HIIFF