China's hottest actors direct new national tribute film

By Zhang Rui
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Actress Zhang Ziyi, actor-and-director Wu Jing, comedian Shen Teng, and actor-and-director Xu Zheng come together to direct four short films as part of a new anthology drama paying tribute to China's families.

A poster for "My Country, My Parents." [Image courtesy of China Film Co., Ltd.]

Titled "My Country, My Parents," the project focuses on normal Chinese families in four different eras, as well as their collective memories. According to the production company, China Film Co., Ltd., the project looks to shed light on family relationships and how parental love can enlighten children.

The new film will be included as the final installment of "National Day Celebration" trilogy. Though the films are not connected in terms of their storylines, their themes echo the idea of creating a national tribute through the perspectives of normal people. 

The previous two anthology blockbusters, "My People, My Country," directed by seven prominent directors headed by Chen Kaige, and "My People, My Homeland," directed by seven popular directors headed by Ning Hao, grossed 3.17 billion yuan and 2.83 billion yuan, respectively, following their releases in 2019 and 2020.

"My People, My Country" celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China with seven short stories, while "My People, My Homeland" centered around telling five stories about China's poverty alleviation successes in a fresh and innovative way.

"It's very challenging for me during the creative process, but with sincere and strong emotions, we will show our respect for the selfless dedication of our elder generations," said Zhang Ziyi, whose short film in the patriotic omnibus will be her directorial debut. Shen Teng is also making his directorial debut for the project. Wu Jing and Xu Zheng have acted in and directed numerous film projects, and Xu is the only director to have participated in both the previous two "National Day Celebration" installments. According to the film's latest poster and trailer, the four actors will not only direct their short films but also star in them. 

"My Country, My Parents" will debut on this year's National Day on Oct. 1, 2021. 

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