Coronavirus Delivers Blow to Hong Kong Entertainment Industry
The Chinese and Hong Kong entertainment industries have taken major hits since the coronavirus outbreak. The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) has issued an official notice for all film and television production companies to halt all work in China, which has also delayed several Hong Kong film projects scheduled to film in Mainland resulting in deep financial losses.
Hong Kong’s economy was already distressed by the local protests which started last year in June and continued to escalate in violence and destruction in the ensuing months. The local economy became further stagnant as fears of the coronavirus outbreak took over in January.
As the President for the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild, Louis Koo (古天樂) said he understands the difficulties the artistes and crew members are going through. He is currently in discussion with the members of the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers to see what plans can be implemented to help everyone get through this difficult time.
Actor/ filmmaker Tin Kai Man (田啟文) of the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers revealed that the committee has come up with a solution and will share the plan with different entertainment companies. The Federation hopes to discuss with the government on how to help those in need, especially for people who work behind the scenes in production.
Film Projects Put on Hold
Wong Jing‘s (王晶) Heaven Sword Dragon Sabre <倚天屠龍記>, which features Raymond Lam (林峯) and Janice Man (文詠珊), is currently in pre-production and can’t start principal photography until further notice. Director Andrew Lau (劉偉強) also had to stop shooting Chosin Resevoir Ice Storm <冰雪長津湖> (tentative title) admid the outbreak.
Donnie Yen (甄子丹), who already filmed his outdoor scenes for new film Polar Rescue <極地搜救> (tentative title) last year was supposed to resume work after the Lunar New Year holidays. Unfortunately, the investors for this project were heavily affected by the coronavirus and the filming is now being pushed until November. Because of this date shift, it’s speculated that over 10 million RMB will be lost.
Beyond, Andy Lau (劉德華), Karen Mok (莫文蔚), and Chilam Cheung (張智霖) also saw their concerts at the Hong Kong Coliseum cancelled. Scheduled to be on tour for his concert, Andy had no choice but to cancel his Hong Kong performance, as well as cancel his stop in Wuhan. Other cities such as Shanghai will have to wait for further announcements.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.