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Biographical series on General Zhu De to air on CCTV

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10-16-2014 20:15 BJT

Titled "Zhu De, the Founding Father of the Nation", it is the first biographical TV drama of the legendary life of Zhu De. We find out more about this important figure in Chinese history.

Eight years in the making, the show is a panaroma of the life and career of Zhu De, from the day he was born, to the day he joined the revolutionary army, to his late years. Tracking the path of the great founding father of new China, the show has two actors performing the leading role in different periods. Wang Weizhi, who plays the young Zhu De, says he spent a lot of time reading profiles and records in order to depict a vivid character.

The first biographical TV drama of the legendary life of Zhu De will air on CCTV 1 on Sunday.

The first biographical TV drama of the legendary life of Zhu De will air on CCTV 1 on Sunday.

Wang Weizhi, who plays the young Zhu De, says he spent a lot of time reading profiles and records in order to depict a vivid character.

Wang Weizhi, who plays the young Zhu De, says he spent a lot of time reading profiles and records in order to depict a vivid character.

The old Zhu De is played by Wang Wufu. He has been playing the role of Zhu De for the past three decades.

The old Zhu De is played by Wang Wufu. He has been playing the role of Zhu De for the past three decades.

"Young Zhu De was a tough guy from outside. He had a big beard when he was in the army, which is very different from his later years. He became mature and gentle after that. This is fully reflected in the show," he said.

The old Zhu De is played by Wang Wufu. He has been playing the role of Zhu De for the past three decades.

"He is a general and at the same time a regular soldier, a leader and at the same time a citizen, a warrior and at the same time a poor poet. He has a glorious military record, but he always remains modest. So I see Zhu De as a very great and charismatic person," he said.

The TV drama not only provides a sweeping picture of Zhu De's life, with the historic twists and turns, but also unveils small details, like his hobby of planting orchids, or eating preserved ham from Sichuan.

The show will air on CCTV 1 on Sunday.

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