War epic tops China's presale box-office charts for National Day holiday

By Xu Fan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-09-28 15:43
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A scene in the film The Battle at Lake Changjin features actors Wu Jing (center), Zhu Yawen and Li Chen (left). [Photo provided to China Daily]

Huang Jianxin, the chief executive producer, said the film -- with its script revised 37 times -- recruited a huge crew with over 12,000 members.

"I have worked in the film industry all my life, but I have never been so stressed before. I believe all the crew members faced off an unprecedented challenge," said Huang, adding the film marks a tribute to those who sacrificed their lives during the war.

Joining hands with Chen Kaige, Tsui Hark and Dante Lam -- three of the country's most prestigious directors -- the film, whichruns about three hours, was shot over nearly six months, with the major actors all partaking intensive training to realistically portray military staff.

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