China Lion will distribute the Chinese patriotic epic in North America, Australia and New Zealand

21 May 2011 6 h 41 min 15 comments

China Lion Film Distribution will release the drama epic film celebrating Chinese communism in North America, Australia and New Zealand. For the overseas English-language markets, the name of film is changed from ” The Founding Of A Party” to “Beginning of the Great Revival”.

The film has been produced by the state-run China Film Group and is the sister film of ”The Founding of a Republic”, which was released in 2009 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

The first film was the China’s third biggest Chinese-language box office success to date, having grossed 419 million yuan ($65 million) and featured around 150 of China biggest movie stars, including actors Andy Lau, Daniel Wu, actress Zhou Xun and even director John Woo.

“Beginning of the Great Revival” was directed by Huang Jianxin and CFG Chairman Han Sanping, with over 50 major actors and actress. The film will follow the lives of Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, played by Chinese actors Liu Ye and Chen Kun, respectively, and Chiang Kai-shek, played by Taiwan actor Chang Chen. It tells the story of the rise of China’s communists from the time of Russia’s October Revolution of 1917 through the founding of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1, 1921, 90 years ago.

Release on June 16

CFG will release the film in China on June 16, and China Lion will release it following day in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

According to THR, “China Lion has partnered with US theater chain AMC, like it did for other China films release in USA. China Lion also has deals to distribute Chinese films, including Beginning, with Cineplex in Vancouver and Consolidated Theatres in Hawaii.”

“We are honored that China Film Group has chosen to partner with China Lion on this landmark picture. As well as being highly anticipated by our core Chinese audience in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver, and other key cities with large Chinese population, the film will have the ability to cross over to a wider mainstream American audience interested in the historical background that the film portrays,” CEO of China Lion, Milt Barlow said in a statement.

About China Lion

China Lion was founded in 2010 to distribute Chinese language films via an exclusive deal with AMC, North America’s No. 2 theater chain, for the U.S. and Toronto markets. China Lion is a joint venture between Barlow’s Auckland, New Zealand-based Incubate and Jiang in Beijing. China Lion’s mandate, established at the American Film Market in November 2010, is to supply up to 15 Chinese-language films per year in each territory it serves, releasing them with English subtitles and in most cases, day-and-date with China.

China Lion has so far distributed titles for some of China’s leading studios including Huayi Brothers, CFG, Golden Sun and NYSE-listed Bona Group. China Lion is managed by its CEO Milt Barlow in Sydney and its President Jiang Yanming.

About the film

The Founding of a Party / 建黨大業


140 min 

Drama | History  

Release: 15 June 2011 (China)
Directors: Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang
Stars:John Woo, Andy Lau and Bingbing Fan 

Language:Chinese (mandarin) 
Also Known As:Beginning of the Great Revival
Production Co:China Film Group

IMDB page

Official website

The official trailer of the film

SOURCES: China Lion, THR (20/5/11)


. “New film to celebrate founding of the Party” (China Daily, 19/4/10)

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