The Battle at Lake Changjin (2021)

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The Battle at Lake Changjin (2021)

Set in the Second Phase Offensive of the Korean War, "The Battle at Lake Changjin" tells an epic historical tale: 71 years ago, the People's Volunteer Army (PVA) entered North Korea for battle. Under extreme freezing conditions, the troops on the Eastern Front pursued with fearless spirit and iron will, as they courageously fought the enemy at Lake Changjin (also known as Chosin Reservoir). The battle was a turning point in the Korean War and demonstrated the courage and resolve of the PVA.
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Creators
Director Kaige Chen
Director Dante Lam
Director Hark Tsui
Writer Jianxin Huang
Writer Xiaolong Lan
Information
Release Date2021-09-30
Runtime
GenreAction, Drama, War
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyAugust 1st Film Studio, Bona Film Group
CountryChina
LanguageMandarin
Colonel Allan MacLeanas Colonel Allan MacLean
General O.P. Smithas General O.P. Smith
John Edward Lopez
John Edward Lopez
General Randolph Lockwoodas General Randolph Lockwood
Tom Markovic
Tom Markovic
Lieutenant Tim Chetwodeas Lieutenant Tim Chetwode
Rudy van Gelderen
Rudy van Gelderen
Second Lieutenant Bradley Bixleras Second Lieutenant Bradley Bixler
Temur Mamisashvili
Temur Mamisashvili
Steveas Steve
James Filbird
James Filbird
General Douglas MacArthuras General Douglas MacArthur
Nathaniel Boyd
Nathaniel Boyd
Helicopter pilotas Helicopter pilot

The Battle at Lake Changjin

The Battle at Lake Changjin (Chinese: 长津湖) is a 2021 Chinese war film directed by Chen Kaige, Tsui Hark and Dante Lam, written by Lan Xiaolong and Huang Jianxin, and produced by Yu Dong. Starring Wu Jing and Jackson Yee, the film is about the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. The film was announced as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Communist Party of China.

The film has been selected as opening film of 11th Beijing International Film Festival and premiered on 21 September 2021.


Cast

Main

  • Wu Jing as Wu Qianli, commander of the 7th Company.
  • Jackson Yee as Wu Wanli, Artillery Platoon soldier of the 7th Company, younger brother of Wu Qianli.

Supporting

  • Duan Yihong as Tan Ziwei, commander of the 3rd Battalion.
  • Zhu Yawen as Mei Sheng, political instructor of the 7th Company.
  • Li Chen as Yu Congrong, leader of Fire Platoon of the 7th Company.
  • Hu Jun as Lei Suisheng, leader of Artillery Platoon of the 7th Company.
  • Elvis Han as Ping He, a sniper in the 7th Company.
  • Zhang Hanyu as Song Shilun, deputy commander of the People's Volunteer Army, commander and political commissar of the PLA 9th Army Group.
  • Huang Xuan as Mao Anying, son of Mao Zedong, secretary for the People's Volunteer Army Headquarters.
  • Yang Yiwei as He Changgui, deputy commander of the 7th Company.
  • Xu Minghu as Shen Hailong, deputy commander of the 7th Company.
  • Li Mincheng as Li Changsheng, a soldier of the 7th Company.
  • Shi Pengyuan as Zhang Xiaoshan, a soldier of the 7th Company.
  • Geng Le as Battalion commander Yang.
  • Li Weiyong as Li Zhen, platoon leader of the 7th Company.
  • Guo Siming as Liang Youdi, leader of Second Squad of the 1st Platoon of the 7th Company.
  • Zhao Yihan as Wang Kai
  • Bai Xuanshuo as Long Guoqing
  • Oho Ou as Yang Gensi, commander of 3rd Company of 172nd Regiment of 58th Division of the 20th Army.
  • Gang Yi as Hong Xuezhi, deputy commander of the People's Volunteer Army.
  • James Filbird as Douglas MacArthur, Commander in chief of the United Nations.
  • Tang Guoqiang as Mao Zedong, chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, chairman of the Central People's Government Commission and chairman of the People's Revolutionary Military Commission of the Central People's Government.
  • Zhou Xiaobin as Peng Dehuai, commander and political commissar of the People's Volunteer Army, vice chairman of the People's Revolutionary Military.
  • Lin Yongjian as Deng Hua, first deputy commander and first deputy political commissar of the People's Volunteer Army.
  • Wang Wufu as Zhu De, secretary of Secretariat of the Chinese Communist Party, vice chairman of the Central People's Government Commission and vice chairman of the People's Revolutionary Military Commission of the Central People's Government.
  • Liu Sha as Liu Shaoqi, secretary of Secretariat of the Chinese Communist Party, vice chairman of the Central People's Government Commission and vice chairman of the People's Revolutionary Military Commission of the Central People's Government.
  • Liu Jing as Zhou Enlai, secretary of Secretariat of the Chinese Communist Party, premier of the People's Republic of China, foreign minister and vice chairman of the People's Revolutionary Military Commission of the Central People's Government.
  • Lu Qi as Deng Xiaoping, vice chairman of the Southwest Military Administrative Committee and political commissar of Southwest Military Region.
  • Li Jun as Wu Shili, father of the Wu brothers.
  • Cao Yang as mother of the Wu brothers.
  • Zhang Jiayi
  • Li Youbin
  • Yang Xinyi
  • Li Weiyong
  • Zhang Huiwen
  • Zhang Guoli
  • Zheng Kai

Production

The story of The Battle at Lake Changjin was commissioned by China Film Administration, and the Central Military Commission and Communist Party's Publicity Departments in Beijing, Hebei and Liaoning. Bona Film Group is the production company of the film. The screenplay was written by Lan Xiaolong, who was responsible for the critically acclaimed drama Soldiers Sortie, and Huang Jianxin. In February 2020, it was reported that Andrew Lau had been offered the job of directing the film, but he was hired to direct Chinese Doctors instead; Chen Kaige, Tsui Hark and Dante Lam were later hired to direct the film. The Battle at Lake Changjin is one of the most expensive films ever made, with a production budget of over $200 million.

Shooting began in Beijing on 25 October 2020 and ended on 25 May 2021. 70,000 PLA soldiers acted as extras.


Soundtrack

No.TitleLyricsMusicSingerLength
1."The Most Lovely People (最可爱的人)" (Opening theme)Qing YanLiu Zhaolun (Qing Sang)Jane Zhang4:49
2."Heroic Odes (英雄赞歌)" (Ending theme)Gong MuLiu ChiZhuang Yinan, Cai Yutong, Liang Ruiyang, Peng Youxin, Galaxy Youth TV Art Troupe 
3."Canzonet of Yimeng Mountain (沂蒙山小调)" (Interlude)    

Release

On 26 July 2021, the producers announced that the film was scheduled for release on 12 August 2021. On August 5, the producers announced that the film was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in China.

The film has been selected as opening film of 11th Beijing International Film Festival to be premiered on 21 September 2021.

The Battle at Lake Changjin was released on 30 September 2021 in China.


Reception

Box office

The Battle at Lake Changjin earned a total of $82 million in its first two days of release, and reached 1.012 billion yuan ($155.12 million) on October 2. As of October 3, it grossed 1.5 billion yuan ($233 million) in Chinese box office. The film earned a total of 2 billion yuan ($310.3 million) in its first five days. As of 21:19 p.m. on October 6, the film grossed over 3 billion yuan ($465.46 million), becoming the 13th film with a box office of more than 3 billion yuan in China's film history. The film has earned $555.3 million in nine days.

Critical and audience response

The movie has a score of 9.5 on Maoyan and 7.6 on Douban.

An article in the New York Times described the film as a government sponsored movie that resonated with the Chinese public at a time of tension in the US-China relationship. An article in Forbes compared the film to We Were Soldiers and Pearl Harbor.

Sun Hongyun, an associate professor at Beijing Film Academy said that the film was “an extraordinary and perfect collusion of capital and political propaganda.” The Global Times, an official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, said: “The national feeling displayed in the film echoes the rising public sentiment in safeguarding national interests in front of provocations, which has great implications for today’s China-U. S. competition.”