China-UK produced documentary to debut Friday
The sequel to the 2007 nature documentary "Earth," jointly produced by China and the UK, will be released in China on Friday.
The new documentary "Earth: One Amazing Day" is the first film to be produced after a Sino-UK coproduction agreement was signed in 2014.
Jointly produced by BBC Earth Films and Shanghai Media Group Pictures, the documentary tracked the sun over the course of a day to discover the daily lives of some of world's most endangered animals including China's giant pandas and white-headed langurs.
It took the crew 142 days to cover 38 species in 22 countries and regions.
The film features a panda cub and its mother eating bamboo in an idyllic forest; a white-headed langur hanging upside down from a tree branch and red-crowned cranes spreading their wings to greet the sunrise.
It not only presents the distinct scenery of China but also explores the Chinese philosophy of harmonious coexistence between man and nature, said Fan Lixin, Chinese director of the film.
The film's Mandarin version is narrated by Chinese film star Jackie Chan.
Stephen McDonogh, one of the film's producers said the recent success of documentaries in China shows that the country has an appetite for this type of natural history film.
"Masters in the Forbidden City" is a three-episode cultural documentary, showing the restoration of cultural relics in the Palace Museum. It has been widely viewed on Chinese video sites since 2016.
The film version grossed four million yuan (about 600,000 U.S. dollars) within the first three days.
Another Chinese documentary, "The Belt and Road," covered major construction and historical sites in over 30 countries and regions and the stories of more than 60 ordinary people living along the Belt and Road region. It has been translated into over ten languages.