3 Feb – The Donnie Yen Lunar New Year movie, "Enter the Fat Dragon" is set to be streamed online, following news that many cinemas in Hong Kong and mainland China are closing down temporarily in the wake of the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak.
As reported on Oriental Daily, the new movie which was originally scheduled for CNY release in Hong Kong and Valentine's Day for mainland China, will instead be available online on 1 February through Tencent Video.
The change marks the second time that a major film is making the switch, following the mainland comedy, "Lost in Russia".
When asked about the decision, producer Wong Jing stated, "This is an unusual time for us. We want to bring some relief and comfort for the people at home, so "Enter the Fat Dragon" will be released ahead of schedule."
However, it will not be available for free. Users will have to pay RMB 12 for the movie, with VIP users charged half the price.
The new comedy movie, which is also directed by Wong, co-stars Niki Chow and Teresa Mo.
Meanwhile, other studios decided to postpone film releases to a later date due to the current situation.