Feng Xiaogang’s Next Film Tackles China Famine During Japanese Invasion
Hit-making Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s next picture, Remembering 1942, tells of a deathly famine in central China that claimed three million lives during the war of resistance against Japan, Huayi Brothers, his long-time production partner said on Wednesday.
Remembering 1942 will be the first time Feng addresses on the big screen Japan’s WWII era atrocities, a fraught subject for Chinese filmmakers, but one that in recent years has proven commercially popular in the marketplace.
The 150 million yuan ($23 million) tentatively-titled project was adapted for the screen from writer Liu Zhenyun’s 1993 novel of the same name and is expected to begin shooting in October, a Huayi spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter in an email.
The story is set in central China’s Henan province, south of Beijing, where novelist Liu grew up. Liu also wrote Cell Phone, the book on which Feng based a popular 2003 film.