Hollywood manga adaptation 'Alita: Battle Angel' to take on film version of author Liu Cixin's 'The Wandering Earth' in China

Director James Cameron has returned to China, this time as producer of the latest Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster Alita: Battle Angel, an adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series from Yukito ...

Leads for Wang Xiaoshuai's 'So Long, My Son' win Silver Bears

Chinese netizens cheered on Sunday morning when news hit that director Wang Xiaoshuai's new film So Long, My Son had grabbed two Silver Bear trophies for its lead actress Yong Mei and actor Wang Jingchun at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale.
Source: Global Times - AFP | 2019/2/17 17:08:39

Chinese films galore at Berlin Film Festival

Some 10 Chinese films, featuring topics including China's ethnic groups in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and homosexuality, are scheduled to be screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, with many Chinese movie goers excitedly calling the festival “a big year for Chinese films.”
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 18:58:40

China sees progress in revitalizing traditional crafts

China has seen progress in its effort to revitalize traditional crafts and turn them into targeted measures for poverty alleviation, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/14 17:48:40

Historic show marks 350 years of Rembrandt, the 'first Instagrammer'

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum unveiled on Wednesday the first ever exhibition of all of its Rembrandts, marking the 350th anniversary of the death of the prolific painter it dubs the "first Instagrammer."
Source: AFP | 2019/2/14 17:43:40

Streaming, diversity drive 'epic' African stories: Ejiofor

British-Nigerian actor-director Chiwetel Ejiofor said the rise of streaming platforms and a growing appetite for new voices in movies have opened the door for "epic" African stories to reach a global audience.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/14 17:38:40

'Significant' number of relics recovered from gutted Brazil museum

A "significant" number of artifacts have been recovered from Brazil's National Museum which was gutted by fire five months ago, devastating one of Latin America's most important natural history collections, according to the team of experts picking through the debris.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/14 16:33:40

Netflix wars hit Berlin filmfest as lesbian drama premieres

The first Netflix movie in competition at the Berlin film festival, telling the extraordinary true story of a gay marriage in Spain a century ago, premiered on Wednesday amid a protest from German cinema operators.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/14 16:28:40

Abundant mallow harvest a boon for impoverished Iraqis

With rain spreading across Iraq, mallow growing in the northern and eastern parts of the country gives impoverished people food to eat or sell for extra money. Mallow, or Malva pusilla, is a cosmopolitan weed found principally in temperate regions of the world. It is a fast-growing annual or perennial herb with the capacity to grow in dense patches in gardens, yards, roadsides, waste ground, orchards, pastures and agricultural fields.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/14 16:08:41

Smart hot pot

Would you like to enjoy a truly unique hot pot experience? If so, you could be warmly served by robots. A famous hot pot chain has gained even more popularity since it opened its smart restaurant in downtown Beijing in October 2018. Patrons eager to visit the establishment often have to wait an average of two hours to get a seat.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/14 16:08:40

No hooks, lines or sinkers: Cambodians go traditional in fishing ceremony

Wielding handmade bamboo baskets and nylon nets, hundreds of people waded thigh-deep into a muddy lake in eastern Cambodia on February 9 for an annual fish-catching ceremony where only traditional tools are allowed to be used.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 18:43:41

Wrestling for glory at Vietnam's 'Vat Cau' festival

Bare-chested men in brightly-colored belts grapple for possession of a giant wooden ball at a Vietnamese festival, tumbling from corner to corner as hundreds of excited spectators cheer them on.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 18:43:40

The art and science of Japan's cherry blossom forecast

As spring approaches in Japan, the country's weather forecasters face one of their biggest missions of the year: predicting exactly when the famed cherry blossoms will bloom. Japan's sakura or cherry blossom season is feverishly anticipated by locals and visitors alike. Many tourists plan their entire trips around the blooms, and Japanese flock to parks in their millions to enjoy the seasonal spectacle.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 18:38:40

Chinese sci-fi blockbuster 'The Wandering Earth' catches audiences at home and abroad in its gravitational pull

New sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth had gained a lot of attention from Chinese media and audiences long before its premiere in the Chinese mainland on February 5 as it is an adaptation of Hugo Award winning sci-fi writer Liu Cixin's novel of the same name and stars Wu Jing, the actor/director behind patriotic mega-hit Wolf Warrior 2.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/13 18:23:40