Chinese-British television documentary on the life of Confucius to be fully released in 2016

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Screengrab of the newly released documentary “Confucius”- retrieved from

The first of a six part documentary on the life of the Chinese philosopher Confucius has been premiered earlier this month in Guangzhou.

The documentary, the English version of which already premiered at the end of October in the United Kingdom has seen the participation of China Central Television, British Lion TV, China International Television Corporation and the Dazhong News Group with a record investment of US5$ million.[1]

The documentary is set to capture the life of Confucius, from its birth and philosophy to its far-reaching impact on nowadays generations. The in-depth six part movie has taken the filming crew more than two years of research, filming, interviewing and producing. The creators travelled throughout the United States, Britain and China’s Shandong, Beijing, Hebei, Sichuan, Guangdong, Hunan, Hubei, Guizhou and Xinjiang in order to conduct relevant research, interviews and filming.[2]

The documentary has already received positive comments from critics and Chinese officials such as Guo Weimin, deputy director of China’s State Council Information Office. “The documentary ‘Confucius’ not only presents a memorable, classic production but also explores a new model of China-U.K. historical documentary co-production,” said Guo at the end of the premier screening of the documentary[3].

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