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Chinese Ambassador joins D.C. premiere of Kung Fu panda

CCTV.com

02-06-2016 06:44 BJT

It's the latest in the wildly popular animated movie franchise, and it's pulling in big crowds in the U.S. and China. The movie also serves as a cultural bridge between the the two countries.

It was a private screening...for a film that's captivated the public on both sides of the Pacific. The third installment in the Kung Fu Panda animation series. And the first film - ever - to be released simultaneously in the U.S. and in China, in English and in Mandarin.

The film has already proved a box-office hit in both countries. The story centers around Po, a Chinese giant panda who at long last is reunited with his father and taken to a panda village, which he must train to defend itself by teaching the pandas to be themselves.

To do so, the U.S. team partnered with a Chinese studio and some two-hundred Chinese artists and collectively humanized a panda for both cultures.

The screening was part of Panda Night at the Chinese Embassy in Washington. The event, celebrating the Spring Festival, was also meant to raise awareness for giant pandas.

Beijing's top envoy to Washington - and the event's host - said such films can create a better understanding of China in the U.S.

A message that easily translates from animation to real life, in any language.

 

 

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