The Beginning of a Great Revival

2011

The Beginning of a Great Revival

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Beginning of the Great Revival, known as The Founding of a Party in China and a companion piece to 2009's blockbuster The Founding of a Republic, details the historic events surrounding what is referred to as the Chinese Revolution, the period from 1911 to 1921, when Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty and planted the roots of what has become today's Chinese Communist government. The story shows the beginnings of the country's most influential first-generation leaders, including Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai-shek and Zhou Enlai. Just as The Founding of a Republic did, the film, co-directed by Jianxin Huang and Sanping Han, features a cast of China's biggest box office names such as Liu Ye, Chang Chen, Chen Kun, Andy Lau, Daniel Wu and John Woo. -- (C) Official Site

Cast

Ye Liu
as Mao Tse-tung
Yun-Fat Chow
as Yuan Shikai
Li Qin
as Yang Kaihui
Chen Chang
as Chiang Kai-Shek
Yuanzheng Feng
as Chen Duxiu
Kun Chen
as Zhou Enlai
Andy Lau
as Cai E
Daoming Chen
as Vi Kyuin koo
Zhao Benshan
as Duan Chi-Jui
Daniel Wu
as Hu Shi
Wang Lee Hom
as Luo Jialun
Nick Cheung Ka-Fai
as Liang Qichao
Xun Zhou
as Wang Huiwu
Dong Jie
as Soong Chingling
Ying Yang
as Xiao Fengxian
John Woo
as Lin Sen
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Critic Reviews for The Beginning of a Great Revival

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  • "Revival" is a proud statement by an ascendant society. But it demonstrates that mainstream Chinese cinema can be as guilty of self-indulgent overstatement as anything out of the West.

    Jun 24, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The highly-charged crowd scenes in which dissidents clash with authorities are staged with visual flair, conveying an exhilarating sense of self-empowerment which is the essence of revolution.

    Jun 24, 2011 | Full Review…
  • "Great Revival" is in many ways the very definition of propaganda - it even ends with an image of a waving flag - but "Revival" is too harmlessly flabby to be taken quite that seriously.

    Jun 23, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps the translation is at fault here, but why does the dialogue consistently do so little to flesh out the characters?

    Jun 23, 2011 | Rating: 2/4
  • History of Chinese Communism drowns in data.

    Jan 6, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Epic with production values and a terrific ensemble cast, but often bland and emotionally hollow.

    Aug 9, 2011 | Rating: 6.19/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Beginning of a Great Revival

  • Jul 19, 2012
    Boasting quite the big name cast in East Asian cinema is about the only thing great about "The Beginning of a Great Revival". Even though the content and message is blatant propaganda, this film will be of interest to huge history buffs that know their stuff. It quickly moves through historic events leading up to the founding of the Chinese Communist party, flashing names of important figures as they come and go on-screen, so if you have no background on the topic, it will be confusing.
    Chihoe H Super Reviewer

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