Confucius Returns

Confucianism is making a comeback in modern China. For the government, the philosophy’s emphasis on respect for authority appeals to the Communist Party. For parents, Confucianism is a way to raise obedient children who won’t forget their culture. Source: Chinh’s news

If you followed the series about Confucius in this Blog, you may be interested in the film with Chow Yun-Fat that was released in China in January 2010. Trailer:

Chow Yun-Fat as Confucius

The movie was filmed in Hebei province, and its release marked the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and Confucius’ 2,560th birthday. The movie comes amid a surge in interest in the philosopher, who was practically outlawed during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. However, as China’s recent economic boom put stress on the country’s Marxist ideologies, officials began to promote Confucian virtues as a way of addressing the gap between the rich and poor. Source: BBC

However, Murphy’s Law says, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. Kong Jian, claiming he is a direct descendent of Confucius, filed a lawsuit demanding that scenes be removed from the film that do not depict Confucius as he was in real life. Source: Global Times

Confucius was a scappy guy, so it makes sense that anyone with his DNA, no matter how far removed, would be the same.


Lloyd Lofthouse is the author of the award winning novels My Splendid Concubine and Our Hart. He also Blogs at The Soulful Veteran and Crazy Normal.

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