Netizens assailed the “gross historical inaccuracies” in a Chinese military-backed war movie about a historic summit of world leaders in 1943.
Cairo Declaration, a big-budget film that is scheduled to hit cinema screens from Sept. 3, portrays Chairman Mao Zedong as the Chinese representative in the conference, although it was Chiang Kai-shek who actually attended it.
Thousands of spoof movie posters have been posted on social media to ridicule the filmmakers whom netizens accuse of twisting historical facts.
The posters show Barack Obama of the United States, Kim Jong-un of North Korea and Xi Jinping of China attending the Cairo conference.
Even Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Secretary for Home Affairs Lau Kong-wah are portrayed in the posters as Hong Kong representatives.
Japanese mascot Kumamon, Anger of the computer-animated film Inside Out, and the Minions of the movie of the same name, are also featured in the posters.
The epic war movie was created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese people’s war of resistance against Japanese aggression by the Chongqing Film Group and August First Film Studio, an outfit under the General Political Department of the People’s Liberation Army.
In defending Mao’s portrayal in the movie, the production house noted that the Communist leader played an important role in China’s victory against Japan and so he is depicted as having attended the Cairo summit.
In truth, the meeting was attended by US President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chiang Kai-shek of the Republic of China.
The historic meeting was called to map out strategies to defeat Japan and determine the post-world war order in Asia.
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