Last Saturday, I went to cinema and watched Feng Xiaogang’s new work -Back to 1942. Feng is the most successful commercial movie director in China. This film is totally different from his earlier romantic comedy in which there is too much product placement.
Based on a novel, Back to 1942 tells the true story of the devastating Henan province famine that claimed more than 3 million lives in 1942, a time when China was engaged in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.
This historic background provides the perfect material to create a blockbuster movie. I was amazed to see such movie’s scenes, like the ones showing the bombing attacks by the Japanese army, are very Hollywood-style, both in terms of their scale and technical level.
I also saw two of my favorite stars from Hollywood: Tim Robbins (who plays a Catholic priest) and Adrien Brody (who plays American journalist Theodore White).
For me, this movie is like a saga, which can help me get to know an important lesson in modern Chinese history–one well worth remembering and learning from.
What is your favorite Chinese movie? Why did it impress you?