Documentary on Huangpu Military Academy

09:51, December 21, 2010      

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Shooting has started on a 12-episode documentary on the Huangpu Military Academy, the pre-eminent army institution that has turned out outstanding commanders in the 20th century and played a stellar role in Chinese history.

The series, being produced by China Central Television and Central Newsreels and Documentary Film Studio, aims to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Revolution of 1911, which was led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen and overthrew the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), said Wang Zaixi, consultant to the production team, at the film commencement ceremony held in Beijing Thursday.

The academy, originally called as the Nationalist Party of China Army Officer Academy, was first set up in Huangpu, Guangdong Province in 1924 by Sun with assistance from the Soviet Union and the Communist Party of China. Against the backdrop of foreign invasion and the fighting between warlords, its philosophy was to "Create the revolutionary army to save a China in peril" and its motto, "Camaraderie."

The academy, with Chiang Kai-shek as the president then, was the first one in China to train military personnel..

After 23 terms in Guangzhou, Nanjing and Chengdu, it was re-located to Fongshan, Taiwan in 1950 and renamed the Chinese Military Academy.

Director Liang Bibo, whose production team has been collating documents and writing drafts of the project since June, said the documentary is expected to be completed by October 2011. It will focus on the theme of unification.

"Unification of China is the only theme that can be accepted by Chinese all over the world," said Liang. "We can make it a typical documentary, but our target audience is the average audience. We want more people to watch the films, to know about people produced by Huangpu and its spirit. So we shall try the story-telling format."

The production team will strive to present Huangpu the way it was with emphasis on details, the fate of individuals and the historical lessons learnt there, Liang added.

By Jiang Yuxia Source: Global Times
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