Will smash hit ‘The Wandering Earth’ change China’s film industry?

(CNN)Millions of moviegoers watched breathlessly over the Lunar New Year week as Beijing and Shanghai were destroyed for the first time in modern Chinese film history. Director Guo Fan says “The Wandering Earth” has been so popular because it has human emotions at its core. “I made the lead role (played by Wu Jing) in memory of my father,” Guo told CNN. “It tells the story of a typical Chinese father’s love. It’s always forbearing and without too many words, but it’s so powerful. That’s my understanding of a father’s love.” In another sign of its unique appeal, authorities allowed the creators to portray the destruction of Beijing and Shanghai — the first time a Chinese-made film has been allowed …