“The great river rolls with huge waves; the wind delivers the rice fragrance on both banks.” With its haunting melody, My Motherland reflects the determination of the Chinese to win the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea, making the blood-soaked Shangganling Mountain and the steel-willed heroes of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army a spiritual beacon for generations of Chinese citizens.
In 2020, with sponsorship from the Beijing Culture and Arts Fund, the drama Battle on Shangganling Mountain was premiered in Shanghai to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army entering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea. Over the following nine months, the drama was staged in 29 cities nationwide, which has been well received by audiences and hailed as another blockbuster drama.
Battle on Shangganling Mountain features a riveting tale, ingenious multimedia design, grand and faithful war scenes, spectacular explosion scenes and exquisite characterizations by the cast. The drama recreates the war in which the PRC showed its military capability keeping the enemy out of country, eulogizing the heroes and paying tribute to the most lovable people.
The drama Battle on Shangganling Mountain will be staged at the NCPA from June 30th to July 4th, 2021, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC.
Executive Presenters: LIU Zhongkui, AN Ting, GUO Wenpeng, LI Yang, LI Jie, PI Shushun
Producers: LI Dong, LIU Zhongkui
Artistic Director / Associate Producer: ZHONG Hai
Advisor: ZHU Kening
Presenter: Tianjin People’s Art Theatre
Artistic Director / Playwright / Leading Cast: HUANG Hong
Co-Playwright: ZHUANG Yi
Stage Director: LI Ren
Virtual Director / Set Designer: GAO Guangjian
Movement Designers: LIU Xiaoyi, JIN Ceng, ZHANG Zhixiong
Costume / Hair Style Designer: MO Xiaomin
Video Projection Designer: FENG Jiangzhou
Set Designer: LU Ning
Lighting Designers: TANG Ming, WANG Huaixuan
Drama Music Designer: LI Jie
Sound Effect Designer: HE Bin
Props Designers: LU Ning, GAO Song
Practical Special Effect Designer: ZHANG Tao
MA Jiaotian: HUANG Hong
ZHANG Weiguo: WANG Yadi
LIN Lan: HUANG Zhaohan
JIANG Changwen: GAO Yang
HU Yunfeng: LIU Xiaoyi (July 1 & 2)) / ZHANG Shuo (July 3 & 4)
ZHOU Dalong: WANG Jue
YANG Genbao: LIU Xinkai
GUO Zhongyi: WU Junda
SUN Youlin: HAN Minghao
Jack Butcher: ZHANG Zhixiong
Old LIN Lan: WU Jie
ZHANG Renyu: LI Zhengyu
BAI Zirong: JIA Tong
WANG Gansheng: ZHANG Hanfu
WU Dejun: XU Yuyin
QIAN Zhongyu: MA Chao
My Motherland (Male Version) – Theme Song of the Drama Battle on Shangganling Mountain
Lyrics: QIAO Yu
Music: LIU Chi
Music Designer: LI Jie
Arr.: HE Li
Orchestra: Beijing International Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: LI Peng
Recording: WU Bingchen
Mixing: CUI Lu
Recording and Mixing Director: JIAN Jun
Producer: ZHAO Ziqing
Director: LIU Yun
Recording Studio: Jie Music Space
Music Presenter: Beijing Oriental Culture Communication Co., Ltd.
Set on the battlefield of Shangganling Mountain, the drama Battle on Shangganling Mountain tells the story of the humorous head of the cooking team MA, the brave health worker, and a group of iron-willed Chinese soldiers, who tenaciously fight against a powerful enemy and hold their ground in a small trench without food and water, short of ammunition and out of communication with the main forces.
The confined trench is a stage, on which a dozen characters present one of the most important episodes of their lives. Completely disconnected from the main body of troops, a company of Chinese soldiers fight until only a platoon is left, which dwindled down to a squad and finally to two men. The drama portrays a group of people at war through gripping storytelling.
The characters are faced with difficult choices – whether to obey the military order or to save the lives of their comrade-in-arms? Whether to be honest or try to save everyone’s lives for one more day? Whether to save a captured American casualty or a son who misses his mother back home? Their every move tugs at the fate of the soldiers, as well as to the hearts of the audience.
There is no lecture in the drama, nor is there any deliberate portrayal of heroism. It just shows a group of ordinary people who go off to war and become superheroes amid a desperate situation.