The Battle of Dingjunshan is a 1905 Chinese film directed by Ren Jingfeng (任景丰). The film was made by Beijing's Fengtai Photography (simplified Chinese: 丰泰照相馆; traditional Chinese: 丰泰照相館). It was based on a story in Luo Guanzhong's historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms and starred Tan Xinpei (simplified Chinese: 谭鑫培; traditional Chinese: 譚鑫培). It is sometimes translated as Conquering the Jun Mountain.
The film consisted of a recording of a Beijing opera performance of the Battle of Mount Dingjun and constitutes the first Chinese film ever made.
The only print was destroyed in a fire in the late 1940s.
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- Shadow Magic - a 2000 US-China co-production based the (fictitious) events leading to this first Chinese feature film, starring Xia Yu and Jared Harris.