I am shoot­ing not a great per­son, but an old man.”

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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.

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