5 of Our Favorite Chinese Cultural Collaborations of 2019

By Bryan Grogan

The good, the bad and the ugly. The weird and the wacky. As is the Thats tradition, weve compiled  our 2019 China Year in Review series. So sit back, relax and relive the highs and lows of the last 12 months.

1. Jia Zhangke/Momo

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Momo the dating app may well be a place where notions of romance and love wither, but Momo Pictures, sponsors of Jia Zhangkes Pingyao International Film Festival (PYIFF), are seeking to make a big splash. The celebrated filmmaker announced at this years version of PYIFF that he will executive produce The Best is Yet to Come, a co-production with Momo Pictures and his own film company, Fabula Entertainment. 

2. Disney/Tencent

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Ahead of the final release in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Disney and Tencents China Literature announced plans to team up to develop a new Chinese online novel, as well as release 40 e-books based around the classic franchise for the first time. Optimism is strong for the new online novel, as Disney and Tencent have drafted in a popular Chinese novelist to make a book with Chinese characteristics. 

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3. UCCA/Muse national Picasso-Paris (MnPP)

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Beijing went berserk for Chinas biggest ever Picasso exhibition at UCCA earlier this year. Working together with Muse national Picasso-Paris (MnPP), the exhibition meant big ticket sales for the continuously expanding UCCA. In the aftermath of the exhibitions success, it has been announced that a Picasso and Alberto Giacometti-themed museum will soon open in the capital city. 

4. SVBKVLT/Nyege Nyege Tapes

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Celebrated Kenyan producer Slikback came to China in April with Shanghai label SVBKVLT. He eventually teamed up with the label for a pair of releases, the first was called Slip A and featured contributions from Slikback, 33EMYBW, Osheyack and Yen Tech, while the second, called Slip B, saw Slikback team with SVBKVLT producer Hyph11E. The two labels linked up again at Nyege Nyege Festival and later at Unsound Krakow. 

5. Marvel/Netease

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It was announced that Marvel Studios and NetEase will partner to bring original content such as video games, comics and tv shows to China, broadening the already wide appeal that Marvel enjoys in the Middle Kingdom. That news came before Marvel announced the cast of their upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which caused much controversy online. 

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