A great many cultural projects have been basically completed to commemorate the anti-fascist victory of World War II and the 70th anniversary of the victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-45), China.org.cn has learned.
The war epic The Great Campaign with One Hundred Regiments, directed by Ning Haiqiang and Zhang Yuzhong, will debut in Chinese theaters on August 28, with a cast led by Tang Guoqiang, Wang Wufu, and Wu Yue and the script written by Dong Zhe, who previously wrote the Chinese revolutionary blockbusters The Founding of a Republic and The Founding of a Party.
The film recreates the largest and longest battle launched by the Eighth Route Army in north China when the anti-Japanese war was stalemated in August 1940. Director Ning Haiqiang said he chose the three biggest actions during the battle to compile the film, which will ignite Chinese people's nationalism and patriotism.
Cairo Declaration is set for September 3 release. The film will recount the events of the Cairo Conference in Cairo, Egypt, on November 27, 1943 where President Franklin Roosevelt of the United States, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom, and Chiang Kai-shek of the then Republic of China met to discuss war plans.
The film aroused controversy and misunderstanding recently as it released a set of four posters of the world leaders, including Roosevelt, Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong but without Chiang. The filmmakers later explained they "didn't intend to show disrespect to historical facts" and other posters do show Chiang.
Nevertheless, the directors, Wen Deguang and Hu Minggang, are sure it will be a block buster. It stars Tang Guoqiang, Hu Jun, Joan Chen and Carina Lau.
(China.org.cn August 18, 2015)