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MND plans commemorations of army founding

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Several events are planned to mark the 90th anniversary this year of the Nationalist Army’s founding and ensure the continuity of army traditions from one generation to the next, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said.

The Nationalist Army, founded in 1924 near Shanghai, China, was the predecessor of the Republic of China (ROC) Army.

The once popular film series Yes, Sir (報告班長) will return, the ministry said, adding that shooting is under way for the seventh film in the series, which is scheduled to be in the theaters later this year.

The film is being directed by Mei Chang-kun (梅長錕), whom the ministry asked to take over the series after director Chin Ao-hsun (金鰲勳), who directed the first six films, died in June last year from lung cancer.

The ministry said Khan Lee (李崗), brother of Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (李安), is directing another film, Wanting to Fly (想飛), about military pilots. Principal photography finished last month and the film will premiere on Aug. 14, which is also Air Force Day, it said.

The ministry had earlier announced it was printing a calendar, titled “Honor and Continuation,” that features photographs from the army’s founding and key campaigns and battles.

Political Warfare Department propaganda and psychological warfare division chief Major General Yu Tsung-chi (余宗基) said the ministry would publish several books on important battles the army has fought, as well as host some musicals in late June.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Guningtou (古寧頭戰役), Yu said, so the ministry is arranging for veterans who participated in the battle on Kinmen to revisit the battlefield in October.

The Kuningtou Battle took place on Oct. 25, 1949, when Nationalist forces repelled two regiments of China’s People’s Liberation Army.

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