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Director Lu finds love in "City of Life and Death"

Director Lu Chuan attends a press conference for the film "City of Life and Death" in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, April 19, 2009. The film, with the Chinese title as "Nanjing! Nanjing!", focuses on Chinese soldiers and civilians' fight against Japanese invaders before and after the Nanjing Massacre in 1937. It took four years and cost 80 million yuan (about 11.7 million U.S. dollars) to finish the work. On Dec. 13, 1937, the invading Japanese army occupied Nanjing and launched a six-week massacre. Chinese records show more than 300,000 people, not only disarmed soldiers but also civilians, were murdered.

Chinese director Lu Chuan has confirmed that he is dating Qin Lan, a lead actress in his most recent film, the news Web site reports. published a series of photos on Monday showing the couple kissing in a parking lot. The photos were taken more than a year ago during the filming of "City of Life and Death".

Lu, who is in Spain promoting his film at the San Sebastian Film Festival, acknowledged the relationship via text message when sought confirmation. Qin and Liu Ye, another cast member, are also attending the festival.

The news report cited sources close to Lu who said the couple fell in love during the filming process, but both intended to keep their relationship low-key.

"City of Life and Death", a heavy reprise of the Nanjing Massacre during World War II, is Lu's third feature film. The director is now regarded as a representative of China's sixth-generation film directors. In Lu's current film, Qin Lan plays the wife of John Rabe's secretary.

The black-and-white film is competing for the Golden Shell, the San Sebastian Film Festival's top award. Lu told a news conference at the festival, "This is an important film for history. I wanted to deliver to the world the truth about this massacre, which is little known outside of China."

Before going to Spain, Lu had just completed a trip to the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada where "City of Life and Death" drew many tears.

The film opened in China in April and quickly became a box-office leader.


 Source : CRIENGLISH  Editor: Ivy
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