'City of Life and Death' opens with $10.3 mil

Nanjing Massacre film bowed on 1,200 screens

BEIJING -- Lu Chuan's black and white drama "City of Life and Death," about the Nanjing Massacre in 1937, earned 70 million yuan ($10.3 million) in China in its opening five days through Sunday.

Lu's third film -- made for about $12 million and marketed with another $2 million -- earned 45 million yuan ($6.6 million) on Saturday alone, producer Isabelle Glachant said Monday.

The film, which recounts of the horrors of Japan's occupation of China's former capital, was made with and distributed by the state-run China Film Group.

Its 1,200 screen release is one of the widest China has ever seen. Lu's previous film, "Kekexili," saw only 60 prints circulate in China.
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