All Chinese Dramas and Films Halt Production

China’s latest response to the coronavirus outbreak sees brakes being pulled on films and dramas.

With the worsening of the coronavirus outbreak, all dramas and films in China have halted production, The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) has issued an official notice for all film production companies, drama productions and cast members to stop work during the current pandemic, in accordance with national guidelines. The notice also stated that related personnel will be put to task if failure to comply results in the spread of the virus.

Onmyoji <陰陽師>, Taiwanese actor Mark Chao’s (趙又廷) film, is the latest work affected. Yang Mi’s (楊冪) drama Thank You Doctor <謝謝你醫生> had already stopped filming earlier.

China’s movie industry has taken a big hit from the virus outbreak, with cinema chains and movie theaters closing to prevent possible spread during the Lunar New Year festive period – usually a time of booming business for operators.

Even overseas release of Chinese films have been cancelled in countries including Singapore and Malaysia, while films such as Enter the Fat Dragon <肥龍過江> has been put online for streaming.


This article is written by JoyceK for

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  1. I have been hearing the word 寒冬 in a few Chinese programs recently. I dont think it is just referring to Coronavirus situation. Can someone enlighten me how the phrase came about for the Movie/Drama industry.

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