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    Zen-sation: China, India Team-up to Shoot Epic Buddhist Blockbuster

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    China hopes that the first Chinese-Indian adventure film "Xuanzang," based on the journey of a Buddhist monk who travelled across India for 17 years, will be a hit both at home and in India.

    "Xuanzang" is an upcoming historical adventure film that depicts a 7th century monk's tough overland journey in India from where he brought the teachings of Buddhism to China.

    Scene from Xuan Zang trailer
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    Scene from Xuan Zang trailer

    Beijing is hopeful that the movie will achieve success and encourage filmmakers in both countries to join hands to make world-class movies.

    "We hope the movie does well. If these two big countries work together, then I believe more qualified movies could be made not only for the Asian market but for the world market," Yan Ni, director at the Asian Affairs Division in China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and TV, told IANS.

    "Xuanzang" is a product of a joint production agreement between India and China signed during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2014, along with "Kung Fu Yoga" and "Lost in India," starring actors from both countries.

    Scene from Xuan Zang trailer
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    Scene from Xuan Zang trailer

    "Co-production is based on the willingness of both sides. We hope to invite Indian movie professionals to shoot in China. It will also help Indian viewers understand China better. I am sure that there is lot of natural beauty in China," Yan Ni said.

    "Xuanzang," directed by Huo Jianqi, was shot in both India and China. The film features Bollywood actor Sonu Sood who plays King Harsh during the rule of monk Xuanzang, played by Huang Xiaoming, who travelled to India and studied there for 17 years. "Xuanzang" is scheduled for release on April 29, 2016.

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