Em­peror’s short reign hits big screen

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By BI NAN bi­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A film based on the ups and downs of the Mar­quis of Hai­hun’s life will start shoot­ing in May next year and hit the big screen in 2018.

The film, Hai­hun­hou Code, will cre­ate its nar­ra­tive through a com­bi­na­tion of mod­ern ar­chae­o­log­i­cal find­ings and the leg­endary life of Liu He (92-59 BC).

Be­gin­ning with the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dis­cov­ery of the Mar­quis of Hai­hun’s tomb, the film will in­ter­pret the se­crets of the mar­quis and ex­plore the real Liu He through the eyes of ar­chae­ol­o­gists.

The story will then shift to show the ar­chae­ol­o­gists fight­ing off thieves who are at­tempt­ing to steal relics, and grad­u­ally re­veal the rise and fall of em­peror Liu He.

Liu He was the short­est reign­ing em­peror dur­ing the Western Han Dy­nasty — some 27 days — who was later given the ti­tle of the Mar­quis of Hai­hun.

His tomb, filled with nu­mer­ous relics, was dis­cov­ered ear­lier this year in Nan­chang, cap­i­tal of East China’s Jiangxi prov­ince.

The film will fuse el­e­ments of his­tory, ar­chae­ol­ogy, rob­bery, sus­pense, spy­ing and com­bat as well as show­case the his­tory of the mid­dle Western Han Dy­nasty (206 BC-AD 24) and il­lus­trate how dif­fi­cult it is to ex­ca­vate and save relics.

It’s the first film to be based on the Mar­quis of Hai­hun, and the first Chi­nese movie to cen­ter on the theme of ar­chae­ol­ogy.

WAN XIANG / XIN­HUA

Hoof-shaped gold in­gots un­earthed from the

tomb are dis­played at the Jiangxi Pro­vin­cial Mu­seum in Nan­chang, Jiangxi prov­ince, in Oc­to­ber.

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