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Top-grossing female director teams up with stars to 'battle' epidemic in new film

Updated: 2021-11-26 14:40 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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Actor Huang Bo (left) alongside actress Jia Ling and actor Zhu Yilong attended the promotional event of their forthcoming film Embrace Again in Beijing on Nov 23. [Photo provided to China Daily]

With her directorial debut phenomenal hit Hi, Mom, which grossed over 5.4 billion yuan ($845.1 million) to make her the world's highest-grossing female director, Jia Ling has become one of the most sought-after celebrities in Chinese film circles.

Recently, the director-actress returned to her most familiar zone of acting, joining hands with actors Huang Bo and Zhu Yilong to recount a heartwarming tale about ordinary people's fight against the early COVID-19 outbreak in Hubei province's capital city Wuhan, then the most seriously hit Chinese city, in the winter of 2020.

The film held a promotional event in downtown Beijing on Nov 23, gathering the cast and director Xue Xiaolu, best known for the romance franchise Finding Mr. Right.

Poster of the movie Embrace Again. [Photo provide to China Daily]

Jia plays a food delivery woman who sparks a flame with actor Zhu-portraying a piano teacher-- and actor Huang stars as a delivery man inspired from the real story of Wang Yong, a role model who led a team of volunteer drivers to provide free rides for doctors and nurses working at Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital during the harshest period.

Director Xue reveals the characters of Jia and Zhu have a bounty of romantic moments, creating a natural chemistry that made her frequently smile for the "couple" while she was monitoring the shooting behind on-set machines.

Both Jia and Zhu are natives of Central China's Hubei province, giving them a natural advantage in speaking their dialogue - mostly in the local dialect.

The film is scheduled to be released on Dec 31.

Actor Huang Bo (left) and Wang Yong, a heroic delivery man who volunteered to provide rides for medical workers during the harshest pandemic outbreak time in Wuhan, Hubei province, in winter last year. [Photo provided to China Daily]
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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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