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91-year-old veteran of Chinese People's Volunteer Army produces short film about his experience with popular vlogger
Published: Sep 06, 2021 06:08 PM
Coffins containing the remains of Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) martyrs are escorted by soldiers during a burial ceremony at the CPV martyrs' cemetery in Shenyang, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 3, 2021.Photo:Xinhua

Coffins containing the remains of Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) martyrs are escorted by soldiers during a burial ceremony at the CPV martyrs' cemetery in Shenyang, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 3, 2021.Photo:Xinhua



A short film produced by a Chinese vlogger with more than 5 million followers on video-sharing platform Bilibili and a 91-year-old veteran who fought in the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53) debuted at a warm reception on Thursday. Made to commemorate the Chinese People's Volunteer Army (CPV), the film is based on the veteran's experience during the war.

The debut of the short film is particularly significant since it took place on the same day that the remains of the CPV soldiers who had lost their lives in the Korean War were returned to China from South Korea. Uploaded to the vlogger Daoyueshe's channel on Bilibili, the short film had earned more than 3.3 million views as of Sunday and received more than 8,700 comments.

PVA veteran Ye Fazhong, who lives in a rural village in Central China's Hunan Province, was around 23 years old when he fought on the battlefield during the War. In the final counterattack against US forces in 1953, Ye's company held their position for many days and nights.

While the entire company won a second-class merit award for their efforts, they suffered heavy casualties. Ye was wounded while the rest of his team were killed.

Ye recalled that while negotiations were being carried out off the battlefield back then, the soldiers on the battlefront still had to fight to win as only by winning would the enemy be willing to strike a deal.

Ye said that he will never forget his comrade Xiang Fangqiu. Coming from the same hometown as Ye, Xiang was killed while delivering letters on the battlefield just a month before the armistice.

The short film was based on the stories that happened to these two good friends.

With guidance from Ye, the short film recreated many details of the War, including eating raw rice when supplies ran out and each soldier sewing 20 or 30 sizheng, cloth ties that were used to identify the dead on the battlefield.

"This is a special project that we had prepared for more than one month on, as a gift to our most respectable CPV…When shooting the film, we couldn't help but shed tears many times, and seeing those young soldiers carry the remains of the CPV soldiers made us cry again. I hope their stories can be known by more people," the vlogger wrote in the introduction to the short film. 

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