The production was the first of several Beijing operas scheduled to be filmed in 3D.
Director Junjie Teng altered the traditional staging and performance of the classic opera in order to make it more appealing to younger audiences. The original production time of more than 2 hours was also reduced to about 100 minutes.
"This way, we can begin to let Western audiences understand Eastern art, understand how each culture has its own brilliance," Teng told The Hollywood Reporter. "Then we can grow closer to one another and appreciate culture from all over the world as valuable."
The film also marked the first time a Mainland Chinese film was made with both 3D and Dolby Atmos surround sound technologies.
The screening was presented by the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and Television and was encouraged by China's consulate in Los Angeles to acknowledge the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the United States.