the year of 'red' nostalgia, remembrance or inspiration for millions...
Chinese cinemas, TV channels and online streaming turning people in China to red nostalgy, remembrance or inspiration these months. While 2 major Chinese blockbusters ‘𝟭𝟵𝟮𝟭’ and '𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗿' (革命者) hit the cinemas last week during the centenary celebration of the Communist Party of China, the immense success of the 𝘀𝗽𝘆 𝗱𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗮 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 '𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗯𝗲𝗹' (叛逆者) just completed its 43 episodes last week which kept 100’s of millions glued to TV or phone every evening for weeks.
With the pitch “100 years, still youthful”, the movie 1921 follows the story of young revolutionaries from around the country converging on Shanghai for the first Congress of the new Communist Party.
The Pioneer is about a rescue effort involving Li Dazhao, an intellectual who co-founded the Party but was captured and tortured by warlord Zhang Zuolin.
The spy drama series the Rebel has been a huge success, having shown almost every evening 2 episodes since early last month until the end last week, it received lots of praise on social media for the screenplay and acting. The series follows the exciting life of KMT secret agent Lin Nansheng in the 1930’s, falling in love with beautiful Communist party agent Zhu Yizhen.
While the series have received strong ratings from the public, media also reported that sales of Mao Zedong’s selected works have been given a boost by the spy drama. The trigger seems to have been a scene in which Lin listens to a radio broadcast of Mao’s speeches in which he calls for small revolutionary groups to fight the power of the state.
Not only movies and series are turning to the early days of the Communist Party founding, “𝗿𝗲𝗱” 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗺 in China to famous destinations of the development of the Party has as well surged this year.