The “Beginning of the Great Revival” tells the China story between the 1911 revolution that overthrew imperial rule and the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party on July 31, 1921. It is part of a series of events in China marking the anniversary.
The film features many of the Chinese film industry’s biggest names such as Andy Lau and Chow Yun-fat, who attended Wednesday’s event. Communist China’s founding father, Mao Zedong, is played by Chinese actor Liu Ye, best known to Western audiences for his roles in the Zhang Yimou imperial drama “Curse of the Golden Flower”.
The state owned distributor China Film Group is hoping for a repeat of the success it had with “The Founding of a Republic” which made 415 million yuan ($61 million) at the box office in 2009. This success was helped by decisions from cinema operators and administration to limit the visibility and distribution of foreign films. The “Beginning of a Great Revival” is likely to receive similar treatment.
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SOURCES: Straits Times, AP, MSN (8/06/2011)