New movie joins China's anti-corruption efforts

A movie based on a major corruption case in the 1950s has begun filming as China's seeks to draw awareness to corruption amid a sweeping anti-graft campaign.

The movie is based on the corruption case of Liu Qingshan and Zhang Zishan, two senior Party officials that were one of the country's earliest examples of modern corruption. Both of them were executed in 1952.

Liu and Zhang's ill-gotten wealth could have bought enough clothes to dress more than half a million people, authorities said at the time, a figure that shocked many of the impoverished country's people.

Shen Yue, director of the movie, said he hoped it can serve as a warning to every member of the Communist Party of China.

The film will be released in 2016.

As China's anti-corruption campaign continues, more movies are in the making to spread the message of the fight against corruption.

Wang Xingdong, a political advisor and screenplay writer, said to Beijing Morning Post in March that more movies on fighting corruption should be produced to use culture to punish evil and promote justice.

The Ministry of Public Security in March also started preparation work for a movie on "Fox Hunt", an operation about China's overseas anti-corruption efforts.