Qian Xuesen is a national hero in China. He almost single-handedly started China’s missile and space program. He did so with the knowledge that he gained in America, starting with a U.S. Government scholarship, as a Chinese graduate student. His story reads like a McCarthy era spy novel. In short, the very brilliant Qian Xuesen was groomed by the U.S. Government to be a top rocket scientist but then tragically ran up against fear of communism in the 1950s. Qian’s highly successful career at California Institute of Technology was brought to a grinding halt when the U.S. Government pulled his top secret security clearance, on little to no evidence, and put him under what was essentially house arrest for five years -- out of concerns that he was a communist spy. Finally Qian was forced back to China where he took his missile know-how and helped turn China into a nuclear power. This led his American lawyer Grant Cooper to later declare: "That the government permitted this genius, this scientific genius, to be sent to Communist China to pick his brains is one of the tragedies of this century." Practically no one in contemporary America knows this story. PsyDip certainly did not until now.
A promotional video of the two big stars in the movie:
Some video from the press conference at start of filming:
Here is some information on the Chinese internet about the movie:
Here's an opinion from another foreigner who is an extra in the film (interestingly, state-controlled "Global Times" printed it):