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30 authentic antiques featured in upcoming adventure film

Updated: 2021-12-01 16:53 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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Actor Lei Jiayin leads the upcoming film Antiques in Schemes. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Scheme in Antiques, an upcoming film adapted from writer Ma Boyong's best-selling novel of the same title that's been referred to as the Chinese equivalent of the Indiana Jones' adventures, is set to open across the Chinese mainland on Dec 3.

With a stellar cast led by actors Lei Jiayin, Li Xian, Ge You and actress Xin Zhilei, the movie has raked over 5 million yuan ($785,500) in presales, becoming the country's latest presale box-office champion topping the forthcoming weekend charts.

Set in the 1990s, the film unfolds with the return of the lost head of a Buddha statue -- once placed in Empress Wu Zetian's royal temple during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) -- from Japan. A descendant from a prestigious antique business family is required by the Japanese side to carry out the handover, but it pulls him into a complex situation, followed by a series of bizarre and dangerous events.

Poster of Schemes in Antiques. [Photo provided to China Daily]

To appear realistic, around 10,000 props were made for an epic scene featuring the protagonists who were on a search of the priceless treasure in a fictional city. The Buddha's head took seven months to complete – using a mix of hand-crafted and 3D printing methods, according to producer Liang Lin. Nearly 30 genuine antiques were also used in the production.

Liang also wished the film's appealing storyline will raise awareness about the culture and history of China's antiques among the younger audience. Ma, the novelist who served as the literature consultant for the movie, said the film adaptation is "creative and smartly grasps the original story's core message".

Actors Lei Jiayin (right), Xin Zilei (center) and Ge You promote the film during the Beijing premiere on Nov 28. [Photo provided to China Daily]
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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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