Chinese actor Zhang Jie will make his directorial debut with a short title titled “Poetry” as part of a high-profile patriotic omnibus blockbuster to be released on October 1, China’s National Day.
The film does not yet have an official English name – surprisingly, it will not find viewers outside the Chinese market – but its Chinese name has been translated as “my man, my ancestor”. Produced by China Film Group, this is the third installment of the patriotic “National Day” trilogy, which includes the 2019 seven-part anthology “My People, My Country” – commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China – and the fifth part of 2020 “My people, my homeland”. . “
Zhang, a Hong Kong citizen, is best known abroad for his Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and Zhang Yimu’s “House of Flying Daggers” and “Hero” and “Memories of Geisha” and “Godzilla: King of Demons.”
He is one of the four actors to directors involved with “My Forbears”, each with a helmet and a star in their own part. Others are Wu Jing (“Wolf Warrior 2”), Xu Zheng (“Dying to Survive”) and Shen Teng (“Hi, Mom”).
Zhang’s contribution is called “Poetry”. Set in 1969, it tells a tragic story about a family where both parents (Lu Yer’s “Blind Massage’s Zhang and Huang Xuan) are involved in the development of China’s Long March 1 rocket, which launched the country’s first satellite.
The state-run media described it as a celebration of past generations of patriotism, self-sacrifice and “dedication to the cause of the motherland.” State broadcaster CCTV called Zhang’s section “a poem written for Chinese astronauts, the vast universe and Chinese films.”
The celebration of China’s space engineering comes at an appropriate time. China’s most recent Long March rocket was headlined worldwide just four months ago for a design decision that resulted in the fall of space debris that re-entered the Earth uncontrollably that could hit populated areas.
The “My Forbears” section, directed by Xu, tells the story of China’s first TV commercial. Built in the 1970s in Shanghai, it features a cameo by director Zhang Yimu. The vignette made by U tells the story of a conscious cavalry unit that fought the Japanese during the Second Sino-Japanese War, which lasted from 1937 to 1945.
Like “My Country” and “My Homeland”, the film authorities will ensure that the promotional “Forbears” will become one of the best box office hits of the year, any other result will be considered a bad reflection of the ruling Communist Party. Th anniversary Strategies to increase sales in the past include attending screenings of government employees or schoolgirls, and giving the movie theaters and better time slots.
“My Country” grossed $ 451 million and is the 13th highest-grossing non-English-language film in the world, as well as the 10th highest-grossing film in Chinese history. The sequel “My Homeland” is China’s 14th top title and 15th worldwide for a non-English film with sales of 2 422 million.
Watch the trailer for Zhang’s “Poem” below.