Chinese Regime Promotes War Film With Anti-US Sentiment on Anniversary of Its Rule

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) promoted a film during the past national holiday break with anti-U.S. sentiment and praise for its one-party rule. The CCP marked the anniversary of the start of its rule in China on Oct. 1. The seven-day holiday, ending on Oct. 7 and known as Golden Week, saw tightened control over film releases, and enforced an unofficial ban on foreign productions, including Hollywood blockbusters, as the party works to keep control over the public sentiment needed to protect its rule. Accordingly, a domestic Korean War-themed film became a blockbuster hit, grossing over $465 million by its eighth day of release, official data show. Under the title “The Battle at Lake Changjin,” the three-hour war film praised the victory of Chinese troops battling the U.S.-led United Nations forces during the Korean War (1950-1953), better known in the United States as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. The multinational troop battled an armed attack by North Korean forces against the Republic of Korea—deemed “a breach of peace,” according to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 84. In the winter of 1950, former Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong sent millions of soldiers to fight alongside the North Korean military, against American, British, and South Korean troops. The North Korean troops were eventually pushed back to the 38th parallel, which divided and continued to divide the North and South since 1945. The war unofficially ended three years later in a cease-fire, without a signed peace treaty. Pyongyang has rejected South Korea’s call to declare a formal end to the Korean War until now. Despite the failure of North Korea to take over the entire Korean peninsula by military force, China boasted the national struggle as a successful “War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea,” as experts estimate the warfare cost up to 1 million lives. The chief movie producer said the government-sponsored film received heavy investments, according to state-run media. “The motherland will not forget,” states a cinema slogan of the film. A boy poses in front of the movie poster of “The Battle At Lake Changjin” in a cinema in Wuhan city, Hubei Province, China, on Oct. 2, 2021. (Getty Images) The cast also features several Chinese celebrities including Zhang Ziyi, the actress who once criticized Dolce&Gabbana in 2018 for “disgrac[ing] itself” amid accusations that it defamed China. It came after the Italian luxury fashion brand published promotion videos on social media accounts, presenting a brand model learning to use chopsticks to eat Italian food. Yet Chinese netizens saw it as an awkward attempt and a mocking of Chinese culture, which soon sparked an outcry nationwide, including calls for a boycott and the cancelation of one of its biggest shows in Shanghai. Alex Wu and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow Rita Li is a reporter with The Epoch Times, focusing on China-related topics. She began writing for the Chinese-language edition in 2018.

Chinese Regime Promotes War Film With Anti-US Sentiment on Anniversary of Its Rule

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) promoted a film during the past national holiday break with anti-U.S. sentiment and praise for its one-party rule.

The CCP marked the anniversary of the start of its rule in China on Oct. 1. The seven-day holiday, ending on Oct. 7 and known as Golden Week, saw tightened control over film releases, and enforced an unofficial ban on foreign productions, including Hollywood blockbusters, as the party works to keep control over the public sentiment needed to protect its rule.

Accordingly, a domestic Korean War-themed film became a blockbuster hit, grossing over $465 million by its eighth day of release, official data show.

Under the title “The Battle at Lake Changjin,” the three-hour war film praised the victory of Chinese troops battling the U.S.-led United Nations forces during the Korean War (1950-1953), better known in the United States as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

The multinational troop battled an armed attack by North Korean forces against the Republic of Korea—deemed “a breach of peace,” according to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 84.

In the winter of 1950, former Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong sent millions of soldiers to fight alongside the North Korean military, against American, British, and South Korean troops.

The North Korean troops were eventually pushed back to the 38th parallel, which divided and continued to divide the North and South since 1945. The war unofficially ended three years later in a cease-fire, without a signed peace treaty. Pyongyang has rejected South Korea’s call to declare a formal end to the Korean War until now.

Despite the failure of North Korea to take over the entire Korean peninsula by military force, China boasted the national struggle as a successful “War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea,” as experts estimate the warfare cost up to 1 million lives.

The chief movie producer said the government-sponsored film received heavy investments, according to state-run media.

“The motherland will not forget,” states a cinema slogan of the film.

The Battle At Lake Changjin
A boy poses in front of the movie poster of “The Battle At Lake Changjin” in a cinema in Wuhan city, Hubei Province, China, on Oct. 2, 2021. (Getty Images)

The cast also features several Chinese celebrities including Zhang Ziyi, the actress who once criticized Dolce&Gabbana in 2018 for “disgrac[ing] itself” amid accusations that it defamed China.

It came after the Italian luxury fashion brand published promotion videos on social media accounts, presenting a brand model learning to use chopsticks to eat Italian food.

Yet Chinese netizens saw it as an awkward attempt and a mocking of Chinese culture, which soon sparked an outcry nationwide, including calls for a boycott and the cancelation of one of its biggest shows in Shanghai.

Alex Wu and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rita Li is a reporter with The Epoch Times, focusing on China-related topics. She began writing for the Chinese-language edition in 2018.