Leading cast members, actor Chen Jianbin, actress Zhou Xun and actor Chow Yun-Fat (from L to R) turn up at a press meeting announcing the conclusion of the shooting of the film Confucius, in Beijing, Sept. 2, 2009. Chow Yun-fat casts as the ancient philosopher in the new film, which is set for premiere as of the forthcoming spring festival. [Ji Guoqiang/Xinhua]
A film depicting the life of the ancient Chinese philosopher and educator Confucius is set to premiere during the Spring Festival in China and Southeast Asian countries.
The biopic, "Confucius", featuring renowned actor Chow Yun-fat, has been jointly made by the China Film Group Corporation and Beijing Dadi Century Limited, which concluded shooting in Beijing Wednesday.
Chow said he had taken the role because in the film Confucius is portrayed as a man with much human interest.
The film focuses on the great philosopher's life experiences from 51 to 73.
Confucius (551 BC-479 BC), was born in the ancient Chinese state of Lu, today's Qufu City in Shandong Province. He was a great educator, philosopher, a renowned politician and the founding father of Confucianism.
(Xinhua News Agency September 3, 2009)