China's 'Game of Thrones' tells history in live action

By Zhu Linyong | | Updated: 2019-12-12 14:27
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In epic documentary War of Seven Kingdoms, popular actor Yu Entai portrays Gongsun Yang, a reformer whose systematic reforms had turned a marginal Qin State into the superpower that ultimately unified ancient China for the first time. [Photo provided to]

The documentary has long been deemed a high-brow cultural product mainly catering to the tastes of established, middle-aged Chinese elites, who are well-educated, fluent in at least one foreign language, high-earning, and pay much attention to the quality of life.

However, more and more younger Chinese, aged between 18-25, are showing a strong interest in documentaries and thus becoming a major component of the fan base for online streaming programs. Apart from reading books and listening to audio programs, watching online documentaries on mobile devices is a major means to satisfy their curiosity, Zhu said.

And epic documentaries, tailor-made for netizens–shorter in length, compact in structure and quick in pace, have reportedly been gaining inroads in the online streaming sector over the past three years.

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