China’s Bona Film Group Sets Up Shop in Guangzhou, Announces Film Trio

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Major Chinese production company and distributor Bona Film Group has this week established a new headquarters in the southern Chinese capital of Guangzhou. It has also announced three new major pro…

Bona’s new headquarters will be in the Nansha new district, where local authorities say they are keen to attract film industry firms with new subsidies. A post-production facility is being built in neighboring Huangpu district as well.first is “Chinese Doctor,” an account of medical professionals fighting COVID-19.

A second project is a “main melody” propaganda film set during the Opium War whose name translates roughly to “Imperial Envoy,” currently in the midst of passing official approvals. It tells the story of “national hero” Lin Zexu, an official of the late Qing dynasty who strongly opposed British opium, notably destroying millions of pounds of it by throwing it into the sea at the coastal town of Humen, which lies between Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

A third title will tell the story of the “Kashmir Princess” incident of 1955 — an attempt to assassinate then-premiere Zhou Enlai via the bombing of a chartered Air India plane that was supposed to take him from Hong Kong to the Bandung Conference in Jakarta. He was not aboard, but sixteen who were died, while three survived.

Last year was also a very “red,” patriotic one for China as the Communist authorities feted the 75th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic. In 2019, Bona Film Group also put out a trio of patriotic titles: firefighter rescue film “The Bravest,” flight disaster film “The Chinese Pilot,” and “Chairman Mao 1949.” The firm also ended up backed four out of China’s top ten grossing films of the year.


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