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Wenchuan earthquake to be seen on big screen

(Xinhua)

15:59, December 24, 2011

CHENGDU, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- China will shoot a movie featuring a true survival story in the devastating Wenchuan earthquake in February next year, according to the film production crew.

The movie is based on a true story of a miner who was rescued from 30-meter-deep mine shaft a week after the 8-magnitude earthquake jolted southwest China's Sichuan Province in May 2008, leaving over 80,000 people dead or missing.

The miner, named Peng Guohua, survived by drinking urine and rain water and eating paper.

The film costs an estimated 5 million yuan (790,000 U.S. dollars) with most actors being local residents. It is expected to hit cinemas next July.

Apart from the mandarin version, the film also is expected to have a Sichuan dialect version.

Aftershock, a film featuring the 7.8-magnitude Tangshan earthquake in 1976, was a box-office hit on the Chinese mainland last year.

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