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The Battle at Lake Changjin: A National Aesthetic Paradigm for Chinese Blockbusters

Yichuan Wang


The significance of The Battle at Lake Changjin (Changjinhu, 2020) arguably lies in its shaping of a national aesthetic paradigm for Chinese blockbusters. This is mainly reflected in its creation of a panoramic film structure, constructing a solemn yet generous aesthetic style, forming the image of Chinese heroes, casting a consciousness between family and country, and rewriting historical justice through an aestheticized depiction. Behind the film’s latest success at the box office lies the enlightenment in Chinese blockbusters’ exploration of a national aesthetic paradigm: Chinese blockbusters need to firmly progress through this newly developed national-image aesthetic paradigm and continue exploring diverse aesthetic styles.

Translated by: Jingran Zhu, Communication University of China, Beijing, China. Zhu Jingran is a postgraduate student at the School of International Studies of the Communication University of China. Her research interest is News translation. She is in the research team of the China National Social Science Major Research Project “General History of Film Translation in China” (Grant number: 20&ZD313), which has supported the translation of this article.
Corresponding author: Yichuan Wang, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, E-mail:


This paper is a phased research result of “The Research of the Development History and Peak of Literature and Art” (Grant number: 18ZD02), a major art project of the National Social Science Foundation of China in 2018.


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Published Online: 2022-06-23
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