Chinese films based on real events

It is often said that art imitates life. Films, many of which are inspired by real events, are no exception. The firefighting movie The Bravest released last week is one of them. It was adapted from the Mongolian writer Bao’erji’s book, featuring an anthology of interviews of firefighters who joined the battle to put out the fire caused by a pipeline explosion in Dalian, Northeast China’s Liaoning province, in July 2010. The movie, released for eight days, has already raked in 890.55 million yuan ($126.42 million), second only to Ne Zha, the current domestic box-office champ.

In addition to The Bravest, many films based on real events have achieved very good box-office results, such as Dying to Survive and Operation Red Sea. The reason why those films succeed is because their stories have strong resonance among viewers, who are moved by the details. Here are some Chinese films based on real events, which have earned great results at the box office and high points on Douban, China’s most popular film review site. Let’s take a look.

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