Thursday, June 30 2022

A sequel to last year’s Chinese mega-hit “The Battle of Changjin Lake” is slated for Chinese New Year’s Day, it was announced Thursday.

Co-produced by the same Chinese filmmakers, Chen Kaige, Tsui Hark, and Dante Lam, the sequel sees the return of the original cast led by actors Wu Jing and Jackson Yee.

Set during the War on American Aggression and Aid to Korea (1950-1953), the sequel follows Chinese People’s Volunteer soldiers taking on a new task on a crucial bridge called the “Water Gate Bridge” on the road. retreat of American troops.

Poster of the Chinese war epic “The Battle of Changjin Lake II”. / Weibo official account of “The Battle of Changjin Lake”

Poster of the Chinese war epic “The Battle of Changjin Lake II”. / Weibo official account of “The Battle of Changjin Lake”

“The Battle of Changjin Lake” broke several records in the global film industry last year. With a total of 5.77 billion yuan ($ 905 million) in box office receipts, it topped the global box office charts in 2021. It is still the highest-grossing film in the history of the Chinese cinema.

Read more: “Battle of Changjin Lake” becomes highest-grossing Chinese film

The sequel is based on a true story, according to film producer Yu Dong.

“The Spring Festival is an occasion for Chinese families to come together. Union today is possible because our ancestors risked their lives in battles. We must remember what they sacrificed for this special occasion, ”Yu said.

The Spring Festival holidays are one of the most lucrative seasons for the country’s film market. In addition to “The Battle of Changjin Lake II”, an array of films will join the competition, including national drama “Nice View” directed by Wen Muye and starring Jackson Yee, comedy “Only Fools Rush in” by filmmaker Han Han, and director Zhang Yimou’s new war film “The Coldest Gun”.

Read more: Zhang Yimou’s war film to premiere on Chinese New Year 2022

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