Chinese propaganda film about the defeat of the US military is on course to become the country’s highest-grossing film – .

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Chinese propaganda film about the defeat of the US military is on course to become the country’s highest-grossing film – .


A photo from the trailer for the 2021 movie “The Battle of Changjin Lake”. CCTV6/YouTube

A Chinese state-backed propaganda epic about the defeat of American troops is fast becoming the country’s highest-grossing film of all time.

“The Battle of Changjin Lake” follows a group of Chinese soldiers during the Korean War as they attempt to push back American and Allied forces from what is today the China-North Korea border, despite freezing conditions and staggering odds.

The film was released in Chinese theaters on September 30 – the eve of China’s National Day Week – and has grossed $ 769 million to date, Variety reported, citing data from consulting firm Artisan Gateway.

The Chinese box office is the biggest in the world, which means “The Battle of Changjin Lake” is currently the biggest movie in the world.

It is also the most expensive film to ever made in China, costing more than $ 200 million, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

The film coincided with a concerted effort by Beijing to stir up nationalist sentiment on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.

And it seems to be paying off: Based on current trajectories, “The Battle of Changjin Lake” is set to become the highest-grossing film of all time in the country, state newspaper Global Times reported on Sunday.

Currently, the most successful film ever released in China is “Wolf Warriors II”, which grossed $ 882 million in 2017. The star of the film, Wu Jing, also plays a leading role in “The Battle of Changjin Lake “.

However, it could be a closer call.

Chinese ticketing portal Maoyan estimated that “The Battle of Changjin Lake” will end up grossing a total of $ 843 million, Deadline reported, which could see him narrowly lose to “Wolf Warriors II.” However, that would still mean it beats China’s “Hi, Mum” to become the top-grossing 2021 film in the world.

At the Chinese box office, “The Battle of Changjin Lake” will soon compete with the new James Bond film “No Time To Die,” which will be released on October 29, and “Dune,” which will be released on October 21.

The Chinese government has long maintained a tight grip on film releases, often censoring or even banning certain films seen as endangering its morality or its grip on power.

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