I am shooting not a great person, but an old man.”
of privately owned businesses, are tactfully blended into this screened trip that looks casual on the surface.
The unusual approach was challenging for 62-yearold actor Lu Qi, who has played Deng in more than 40 films and TV series since 1988.
“I cannot apply overwhelming expressions of emotions this time, but I have to switch to expressing his hidden inner powers,” Lu explains.
“It’s thus important to portray details softly, revealing the figure’s love and patriotism like a bubbling stream.”
The picturesque landscape of Mount Huangshan is the ideal backdrop to present such a touching story and sets off a journey for China’s traditional biographic films, which are often criticized by audiences today for being stiff and didactic.
“State leaders’ profiles can be close to ordinary people,” the film’s chief producer Yan Conghua says, adding that he does not want to do political reports or shout slogans.
He cites the Oscar-winning films The IronLadyand The King’s Speech as examples. He expects equally appealing biographic productions on political leaders to bloom in China.
“Today, it’s incorrect to only emphasize social effects in such a genre of film,” he says. “We should take their thoughts and market values into consideration at the same time.”
Yan includes many popular actors as guest performers in the cast.
“It’s a must to use a modern approach to present historical figures, and more new models will be explored,” he says.