The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a film with anti-US sentiment during the National Day vacation, touting its totalitarian leadership.
Instead of traveling, people seemed to prefer going to the movies, with a patriotic Korean War picture grossing over 3.45 billion yuan ($535 million) at the box office. Several Chinese celebrities appear in the cast, including Zhang Ziyi and Huang Xiao Ming.
According to state-run media, the chief movie producer stated that the government-sponsored picture received significant funding.
The CCP has also strengthened its grip on film releases and imposed an unofficial embargo on foreign productions, including Hollywood blockbusters, as part of its effort to maintain control over public opinion and defend its authority.
“The motherland will not forget,” the film’s slogan reads.
The three-hour military film, “The Battle at Lake Changjin,” lauded Chinese troops’ victory over U.S.-led UN forces during the Korean War (1950-1953), also known as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the U.S. Experts estimate that up to one million people died as a result of the war.
According to UN Security Council Resolution 84, the multinational troops fought a North Korean armed attack on the Republic of Korea, termed a “breach of peace.”
The former Chinese communist leader, Mao Zedong, dispatched millions of troops to fight alongside the North Korean military against American, British, and South Korean forces in the winter of 1950.
Troops from North Korea were eventually forced back to the 38th parallel. The war ended in an unofficial cease-fire three years later, without a formal peace treaty.
Despite North Korea’s failure to militarily acquire control of the entire Korean peninsula, China hailed the patriotic fight as a successful “War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea.”