Is ‘The Battle At Lake Changjin’ Presently The Highest Grossing Film of 2021 Worldwide?

China’s jingoistic Korean War epic, ‘The Battle at Lake Changjin’ revolves around the events of “Chinese soldiers defeating American troops despite great odds” at the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean war. This war drama has presently come to be known as the highest-grossing film in the world for 2021, surpassing the Chinese New Year breakout comedy hit ‘Hi, Mom’, reports ‘Variety’.

‘The Battle at Lake Changjin’ was released on September 30, China’s National Day. The film, which has been made mandatory viewing for all government employees in China, recreates the gritty battle fought in harsh winter weather conditions by the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army at the Chosin Reservoir, a.k.a. Lake Changjin, against U.N. troops led by the Americans. Chinese victory in the battle led to the eventual withdrawal of U.S. troops from North Korea.

The war film, co-directed by Chen Kaige, Tsui Hark and Dante Lam, has grossed $845 million in 29 days, marching past ‘Hi, Mom’, which earned $821 million at the beginning of the year over a 90-day period. ‘The Battle at Lake Changjin’ at present is China’s second highest-grossing film in history behind the local title ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ ($854 million), where also Wu Jing plays a pivotal role, that of a military action hero, as in the Korean War film.

Check out the trailer for ‘The Battle at Lake Changjin’ below:

Buoyed by the success of ‘The Battle at Lake Changjing’, its producers have already started work on a sequel titled ‘Water Gate Bridge’. The film was the opening film of the 11th Beijing International Film Festival that premiered on 21 September 2021. Thereafter, ‘The Battle at Lake Changjin’ was released on 30 September 2021 in China.

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