'Three-Body' leads Tencent Video's upcoming blockbusters

By Zhang Rui
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Tencent Video has revealed release details of more than 70 potential online series and 25 online movies, including the hotly anticipated sci-fi series "Three-Body."

A new trailer for "Three-Body." [Video courtesy of Tencent Video]

The video streaming giant held an online press event on June 21 to publicize its vast content bank of upcoming projects. A total of 72 diverse online series were revealed, with fans watching with excitement as the announcements were made one by one.

The most hotly anticipated release is the Chinese TV adaptation of Liu Cixin's Hugo Award-winning sci-fi novel "The Three-Body Problem." The upcoming series, titled "Three-Body" and directed by Yang Lei, is set for a summer release, but the exact date still has yet to be confirmed. However, Tencent Video has released a brand new trailer and new posters to further entice fans. 

A composite of several high-profile online series posters helmed by Tencent Video. [Image courtesy of Tencent Video]

Other high-profile series include "Bright Future," a drama focusing on the struggles of a county official and colleagues; the long-awaited drama series "Blossoms Shanghai" by famous Hong Kong-based director Wong Kar-wai; "Where Dreams Begin," starring young idol Xiao Zhan, which depicts how a group of young people lived and grew in the 1970s; and "Ode to Joy 3" about a group of sisters and their lives in the city. 

The video site also revealed 25 online movies that are currently in production or preparation, including a remake of Hong Kong classic "Infernal Affairs" as well as new adaptations of the late wuxia novelist Louis Cha's "The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber" and "The Smiling, Proud Wanderer."

Tencent Video has already produced numerous phenomenal online projects, including "Sword Snow Stride," "Reset," "The Oath of Love," and most recently, "A Dream of Splendor" and "Lion Rock Spirit."

Han Zhijie, vice president of Tencent's Online Video Business Unit speaks at a cloud press conference revealing Tencent Video's upcoming projects in Beijing, June 21, 2022. [Photo courtesy of Tencent Video]

"Though the movie and TV industries were seriously impacted by the COVID-19 resurgence this year, there are still plenty of popular content reaching audiences," said Han Zhijie, vice president of Tencent's Online Video Business Unit. Han added that the film and television industries are entering a new cycle of "reducing quantity but improving quality."

"In the future, Tencent Video will also establish a coordinate system for high-quality content in the three dimensions of ‘breadth,' 'target precision,' and 'emotionality,' and use this opportunity to break the boundaries of drama subjects, forms, and cooperation," Han said. "This will cover the entire creative chain with a creative attitude of excellence and refined operations, as well as heartwarming works with the industry collaborators to further meet the needs of the public in terms of content."

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