WolfWar­riorsII fights through odds to pro­mote Chi­nese val­ues

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - VIEWS -

It may be an ac­tion movie but it puts a ris­ing China in the spot­light. It is also the first movie that has tasted suc­cess both in terms of earn­ings and pro­mot­ing pa­tri­o­tism. And it is a rare ef­fort in which the pro­tag­o­nist tries to win the au­di­ence’s hearts by shed­ding sweat and blood rather than flaunt­ing his good looks.

The film is Wolf War­riors II, di­rected by and star­ring Chi­nese mar­tial artist Wu Jing. The film had earned nearly 3.4 bil­lion yuan ($505.75 mil­lion) by Mon­day and set a record for do­mes­tic movies at the box of­fice.

The film re­volves around a res­cue oper­a­tion in Africa led by a former Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army SWAT sol­dier Leng Feng (played by Wu Jing). Leng helps Chi­nese busi­ness­men, work­ers and African lo­cals to flee a war-torn and plague-rav­aged coun­try. Movie­go­ers have been touched by the film de­spite the con­tro­versy over in­di­vid­ual hero­ism be­cause the plot fo­cuses on pa­tri­o­tism.

Wolf War­riors II, in spite of the some loop­holes in sto­ry­telling, links art to re­al­ity, and re­minds peo­ple of the mas­sive evac­u­a­tion of Chi­nese peo­ple from Libya when civil war broke out in that coun­try in 2011, and from Ye­men in 2015, as well as the chal­lenges the Ebola virus cre­ated in West Africa from 2013 to 2016. It also vividly re­flects the boom­ing eco­nomic and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes be­tween China and Africa.

On a dif­fer­ent level, the film raises ques­tions about the risks coun­tries and re­gions in­volved in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive face, while pro­vid­ing the an­swer to how the Chi­nese govern­ment aims to pro­tect the safety of over­seas Chi­nese. The movie also gives a shot in the arm to the PLA Navy and its fleet, es­pe­cially since it was re­leased on the eve of the 90th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the PLA.

It’s time Chi­nese film­mak­ers ... pro­duced films that tell good sto­ries and project the right spirit.

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