Cast Member in the Media Reception [Photo: chinesefilms.cn]
When Feng Xiaogang read Liu Zhenyun's novel, "The Memory of 1942" in 1993, he was left with a deep impression and resolved to make a film based on the book.
This proved to be easier said than done, however.
From 1994 to 2002, Feng and Liu attempted to launch the project on three separate occasions. By October of 2011, after preparing for nine months, they were finally ready to start filming.
The production company behind the film "The Memory of 1942" held its first media reception in Beijing Today Gallery, on October 19.
On the sidelines of the event, an exhibition was also launched to showcase the film's production process. The exhibition consists of the pictures of the scenes, character modeling, and victims shot by an American journalist with Time Magazine in 1942.
Director Feng Xiaogang, along with the lead actors including Zhang Guoli, Xu Fan, Zhang Hanyu, and the screenwriter Liu Zhenyun, the art director Shi Haiying attended the event.
According to the the name list unveiled by the makers of the film, a number of heavyweights including Chen Daoming, Fan Wei, Feng Yuanzheng, Zang Jiayi and Alec Su will be involved in the film.
Feng revealed that the total investment in the film is thought to have exceeded 200 million Yuan, since the original budget of 30 million Yuan ten years ago.
In regards to their decision to hold an exhibition, the president of HY Brothers, Wang Zhonglei, stated that "Director Feng told me that there are so many things to say about the film, and we can't express all of them in a short time, so we are holding this exbition to show the preparation that went into this film".
The film is slated to start shooting at the end of this month in Shanxi Province.
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