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War movies about defeat in the US Army top China’s box office

A Chinese propaganda film depicting the defeat of the US Army has become a cash office in the communist country.

The three-hour war epic, “The Battle of Lake Changjin,” has brought in as much as $ 769 million to China since its release less than three weeks ago, the Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

It is currently on track to become the highest grossing film in Chinese history and surpasses “Wolf Warriors II,” which earned $ 882 million upon release back in 2017.

As the Chinese box office is the largest in the world, “The Battle at Lake Changjin” is technically the largest film on the international film market, although it is the new James Bond film, “No Time To Die”, according to the industry outlet.

The film is based on the Battle of Chosin Reservoir – a military campaign that took place during the Korean War. The brutal, 17-day battle took place in the late 1950s, shortly after the People’s Republic of China entered the war in support of North Korea.

"Battle of Lake Changjin" has become a box-office sensation.
“The Battle of Lake Changjin” has become a box office sensation.

Against all odds, 120,000 Chinese troops managed to surround and attack American forces and their allies. While the Americans were eventually able to break free, they were subsequently forced to evacuate the region, marking their complete withdrawal from North Korea.

The “Battle of Lake Changjin” was sponsored by the Chinese government and deliberately scheduled for release on September 30 – a day before the country’s National Day holiday.

The release of the big budget blockbuster — which cost $ 200 million to make — also comes just months after China’s Communist Party celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The film’s release also coincides with Beijing’s growing aggression against Taiwan.

The three-hour epic was released just in time for China's national holiday.
The three-hour epic was released just in time for China’s National Day holiday.
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Over the weekend – as millions of Chinese moviegoers flocked to see the film – it was reported that China has recently tested a nuclear-powered hypersonic missile.

The diplomat reports that Chinese citizens are increasingly supporting the prospect of military conflicts, and that “the film’s enormous popularity no doubt stems from China’s new views on war.”


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