PLA Eastern Theater Command releases new short film on National Day, expressing hope for reunification across Taiwan Straits
Published: Oct 02, 2023 12:05 PM Updated: Oct 02, 2023 12:04 PM
Screenshot of the film published on the official Weibo account of the PLA Eastern Theater Command

Screenshot of the film published on the official Weibo account of the PLA Eastern Theater Command

Following a trilogy of Mid-Autumn Festival themed animations, the PLA Eastern Theater Command released another animated short film called "Dreams Come True on the Fuchun River" on Sunday, which marked China's National Day, expressing the shared cultural heritage and hope for reunification between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits.

The short film adopts a personification technique and features the ancient-style elves the "Master Wuyong" and "Remaining Mountain" in animated form. They vividly narrate the story of "The Master Wuyong Scroll" currently housed in the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

Inspired by the Escape from the British Museum, a series made by Chinese social media influencers, which centers on a jade teapot that turns into a woman and escapes from the British Museum, the two elves return to the Chinese mainland and reunite with the "Remaining Mountain Scroll" housed in the Zhejiang Provincial Museum, creating a story of reunification, and fulfilling dreams on the banks of the Fuchun River.

Experts pointed out that the topic chosen by the Eastern Theater Command is rich in content and profound in meaning. From the separation of cultural relics that accompanied the relocation of the Palace Museum to the island of Taiwan over half a century ago, to the joint exhibition in Taipei in 2011 promoted by intellectuals from both sides of the Taiwan Straits, to the current situation of being separated by the Straits and facing each other across the sea, the fate of the painting "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" is a vivid portrayal of cross-Straits relations.

It not only embodies the shared roots and origins of the Chinese people, but also depicts the joys and sorrows of Chinese compatriots, they said.

The video incorporates elements such as aircraft carrier formations and J-20 fighter jets, highlighting the tremendous progress and ever-changing capabilities of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).

It also demonstrates the PLA's firm determination to safeguard national sovereignty and security. After the "Master Wuyong" meeting the "Remaining Mountain," the short film uses the grandeur of the Hangzhou Asian Games to symbolize the prosperity and strength of the motherland.

When the two elves return to their beloved hometown, located near the Fuchun River, after years of separation, they not only fulfill their own dreams but also evoke a shared national sentiment and patriotism in the hearts of Chinese compatriots on both sides of the Straits. It also expresses the common aspiration of compatriots on both sides of the Straits to become closer and reunite.

Compared with the arduous journey of the jade pot in the British Museum, the return journey of the "Master Wuyong" and "Remaining Mountain" in this short film goes smoothly. It demonstrates the constant guardianship and steadfast defense of the PLA over the return journey across the Taiwan Straits.

Global Times