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"My People, My Country" sets record in China film audience satisfaction survey

(Xinhua)    16:56, October 08, 2019

BEIJING, Oct. 8 -- "My People, My Country," a film that draws on historical and classic moments since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, has become the top-scoring film in terms of audience satisfaction among all the domestic films ever surveyed, according to the China Film Archive.

Debuting on Sept. 30 as a gift for the nation as the PRC celebrates its 70th founding anniversary this year, the film earned a record 91 points out of a total of 100 in the latest China film audience satisfaction survey covering three Chinese films that premiered around the National Day, Oct. 1.

"My People, My Country" ranked first in terms of audience satisfaction among all the 267 domestic films covered since the survey was launched in early 2015, the archive said.

The remaining two films covered in the latest survey are "The Captain," a cinematic portrayal of a miraculous emergency landing of the Sichuan Airlines flight 3U8633 in May 2018, and "The Climbers," which dramatizes the real-life expedition of Chinese mountaineers to ascend Mount Qomolangma in 1960 and 1975.

"The Captain" took the sixth place on the audience satisfaction chart covering all the domestic films ever surveyed by scoring 87.1 points, while "The Climbers" came 12th with 85.4 points, according to the archive.

The overall audience satisfaction with Chinese films screened during the outgoing National Day holiday reached 88.6 points, the highest ever recorded by the survey, which has so far covered 31 seasonal and holiday screening periods.

Co-conducted by the China Film Art Research Center, the China film audience satisfaction survey is a film evaluation system independent of the China film box office.

The survey adopts methods of on-site sampling surveys at theaters, online surveys of film industry workers and experts and big data analysis to comprehensively evaluate domestic films from the perspectives of screen depiction, ideological content and film popularity.

"My People, My Country" has grossed a total box office of more than 2.2 billion yuan (about 308 million U.S. dollars) on the Chinese mainland over the past eight days, according to the China Movie Data Information Network.

A seven-part epic anthology by seven directors led by Chen Kaige, the film recalls seven important historical moments in China over the past seven decades, ranging from the founding of the PRC in 1949, China's successful test of its first atomic bomb, the return of Hong Kong to the motherland in 1997, to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the successful launch of China's Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft in 2016.

The film adopts a much different approach from previous films of the same type by putting the spotlight on ordinary people and examining the seemingly distant yet close ties between individuals and the country.

It stars Huang Bo as an engineer who manages to make an electric flagpole for the PRC's founding ceremony on Oct. 1, 1949, Ge You as a Beijing taxi driver who gets a ticket to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony but offers it to a boy who lost his father in a deadly earthquake that year, and Zhang Yi as an unnamed researcher who contributes to China's nuclear science research.

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