New Communism film lights up box office and fans

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Chow Yun-fat as Yuan Shih-kai. [CFP]

Totally true history

Numerous press conferences have been held in cities including Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Director Huang Jianxin and Jiang Defu, manager of CFG, have attended most of them.

Doubts about casting, such as tall heartthrob Han Geng (Deng Xiaoping, known for being a short man) and Hong Kong star trend-setter Angelababy as Xiaofengxian, General Cai E's sexy lover, were dismissed.

"I believed the historical facts are all true," Huang asserted. "I did a lot of research… and drew the right conclusion… people can judge it in their own ways.

"The film is telling true history, which can't be adjusted according to the taste of the audiences."

It is common for state-run organization and institutions nationwide to buy tickets and organize staff to watch State-sponsored films together.

Huang defended the practice. "During last Christmas and New Year showing slot time, group buying was 30 percent of the whole box office, now it is only 7 percent. People like the film and are willing to buy to watch… isn't that a good thing?"

Jiang Defu, manager of CFG, strenuously denied the 800-million yuan allegation.

"CFG didn't set an any box-office goal. We want the young audience, such as post-1980s and 1990s, to see the film, to know our history and what the great revolution was like. Box-office revenue is the least thing we care about," Jiang claimed.

"The viewing slots of films were arranged as early as last year," Jiang added. "It is not true that they are adjusted to [favour] the Founding of a Party."

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