Korean War film ‘The Battle at Lake Changjin’ bags top honor at China’s Hundred Flowers Awards
Chinese war film The Battle at Lake Changjin, about China's historic military victory in a battle during the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53), bagged the Best Film Award at the 36th Hundred Flowers Awards held in Wuhan on Saturday.
During the ceremony, the 101 members of the audience voted to decide the winners of the nine awards up for grabs,
with The Battle at Lake Changjin bagging the top award, according to a report from the Xinhua News Agency.
The Best Actor Award was given to Zhang Yi for his role in the Chinese historical spy thriller directed by Zhang Yimou, Cliff Walkers,
while Yuan Quan won Best Actress with her performance in Chinese Doctors, which focuses on the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan in 2020.
Set during the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea,
The Battle at Lake Changjin depicts the Chinese People's Volunteers' courageous fight during a key campaign at Lake Changjin, amid harsh freezing conditions.
Film critics were not surprised that the film won the award because of its quality, great reviews and performance at the box office.
Released on September 30, 2021, the film went on to earn more than 5.8 billion yuan ($859 million) at the Chinese mainland box office,
making it the highest-earning film in China.
"We should salute the great spirit of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army.
It is an honor to present these moving stories about the people of that time," Wu Jing, the lead actor of the film, said at the ceremony according to hxnews.com.
Established in 1962, the Hundred Flowers Awards celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2022.
To celebrate this milestone, the awards ceremony also held a review of the past 60 years of Chinese films.