China patriotic film breaks revenue records

China: patriotic film breaks revenue records

MISE & Agrave ; DAY

“The Battle of Changjin Lake”, a Chinese film about the Korean War (1950-53), broke all revenue records in his home country and led to a journalist's arrest criticism.

The film, released on the occasion of the National Day on October 1, dethroned “Wolf Warrior 2”, another patriotic work, which dated from 2017. It collected 5.6 billion in revenue (781 million euros), the ticket platform Maoyan said on Wednesday.

The feature film is about an episode of the Korean War, when Chinese troops drove their American opponents back to a North Korean battlefield, in freezing temperatures.

If the war was started by North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, it is known in China as the “War of Resistance to American Aggression and Aid to Korea.”

Chinese troops had entered in the conflict as North Korea was on the verge of defeat to US-led UN troops.

As relations between China and America are once again strained, President Xi Jinping's regime is encouraging patriotic works.

A law passed in 2018 also punishes outrage against revolutionary heroes with jail. .

As such, a former journalist was arrested a few days after the film's release after questioning on social networks about the merits of the Chinese intervention in Korea, which made 200,000 dead according to Beijing's official death toll, many more according to the Americans.

“More than half a century later, the Chinese still have not started to think about the justification of the war,” wrote Luo Changping, former editor of Caijing magazine, who had made himself famous by denouncing corruption cases.

His message was promptly censored from his account on the social network Weibo, followed by more than 2 million Internet users.

He was taken into custody for “insulting the reputation and honor of heroes and martyrs,” police in southern Hainan province said.

If convicted, Luo Changping, 40, is punishable by three years in prison.

The vast majority of films shown in cinemas in China are made nationally. In theory, only 34 foreign films, handpicked, have the right to be shown each year in cinemas in the Asian country.

This quota does not apply, however, to works broadcast during festivals, on online distribution platforms or in film libraries.

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