Building bridge

By Xu Fan | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-11-03 08:00
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Scene from The Sacrifice, portraying Chinese war heroes who took part in a brutal battle. [Photo provided to China Daily]

New film about Chinese soldiers fighting in the Korean conflict tops China's box-office charts, Xu Fan reports.

In this season of patriotism in China-commemorating a war fought seven decades ago-a slew of films and TV dramas have been released, also indicating better production techniques and storytelling skills.

Topping the country's box-office charts, The Sacrifice, earlier titled Jin Gang Chuan, has become the most talked-about film marking the 70th anniversary of Chinese People's Volunteers in the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53).

Many industry insiders say the production process was a "miracle "like the story that the film is based on: the real event of Chinese soldiers building a bridge under intense bombing by US-led forces in order to transport tens of thousands of Chinese troops to the front lines during the Battle of Kumsong-the last battle before an armistice was signed to stop the Korean conflict.

The film's co-directors Guan Hu, Guo Fan and Lu Yang-all seasoned in steering spectacular cinematic productions exemplified by their respective directorial efforts The Eight Hundred, The Wandering Earth and Brotherhood of Blades-started shooting in early August, along with around 5,000 crew members, including around 2,600 special-effects artists, all working around the clock.

Usually, a war film takes years to make. Guan's last film, The Eight Hundred, was in production for nearly a year after he had prepared for the project for 10 years.

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