The Hollywood Reporter interviews director Lu Chuan about his new historical drama The Last Supper:
THR: Please explain how The Last Supper will differ from all the ancient Chinese epic films that have come before it.
Lu Chuan (LC): The president of Venice Film Festival, Marco Mueller, saw our footage today and said for the first time he saw something real from China’s past on the screen. I want to show something to the audience that they can believe. Many Chinese epic movies look like they were shot in a luxury location with colorful wardrobes. But what really happened thousands of years ago was different. I want to show the real history, what really happened. This time we’ll rely on the spirit of the people in the film. We constructed the set and redesigned the costumes and the armor. We spent a lot of money to show the real picture, that everything was so rough. People were chasing their dreams in green fields and forests and running for the goals in their heart. It was an age of life and energy and an age of freedom, actually. Secondly, I want to say something about the Liu Bang, the first Emperor of the Han Dynasty. He and Xiang Yu destroyed the Qin Emperor, Qin Shihuang. But Liu Bang turned out to want to be another emperor himself. I want to show why a freedom fighter would turn to out to be another dictator.