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The Founding of a Republic (2009)

Jian guo da ye (original title)
Inspired by true events, Founding of a Republic weaves a rousing tale of one man who fought against the tyranny of a ruler and led his people in battle in the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guoqiang Tang Guoqiang Tang ... Mao Zedong
Guoli Zhang ... Chiang Kai-shek
Qing Xu ... Soong Ching-ling
Jin Liu Jin Liu ... Zhou Enlai
Kun Chen ... Chiang Ching-kuo
Wufu Wang Wufu Wang ... Zhu De
Xueqi Wang ... Li Zongren
Sha Liu Sha Liu ... Liu Shaoqi
Bing Wang Bing Wang ... Zhang Lan
Vivian Wu ... Soong May-ling
Wei Zhao ... Member of CPPCC
Zongdi Xiu Zongdi Xiu ... Fu Zuoyi
Donnie Yen ... Tian Han
Yiwei Liu Yiwei Liu ... Li Huang
Jun Hu ... Gu Zhutong
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Inspired by true events, Founding of a Republic weaves a rousing tale of one man who fought against the tyranny of a ruler and led his people in battle in the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

17 September 2009 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fundação de uma República See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,035,741
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the initial announcement of the movie, GuoLi Zhang went to the producers, offering to perform the role of Chiang Kai-Shek, for free. Shortly thereafter, all of the top movie stars of China did the same thing, and offered to play roles for only a few seconds on-screen, free of charge. Eventually, it was concluded by fans that this movie was a measure of the success or level of profession of movie stars in China. See more »

Quotes

Li Ji-chen: I heard you intend to resign. Even if you were to resign, at least wait till after the capitulation ceremony in Nanjing. You helped defeat the Japanese. The ceremony can't do without a national hero like you.
Chen Shaokuan: If I don't resign, very soon I'll be blamed for the civil war. We fought against the country's enemy for 8 years. We've struggled, we've fought all, nothing more need be said. And now that we've won, we're still warring. Against whom ? Chinese people fighting Chinese people... this kind of...
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This is not just another communist propaganda movie.
12 October 2011 | by Hunky StudSee all my reviews

Currently, every film that is to be made in China has to be approved by the government first. Since this film is about the founding of the PRC, I expected that this film will be full of communist propaganda rhetoric materials. I was surprised that it has very few. It actually has some scenes which can be inferred to the current situation of Chinese communist party.

Sundry celebrities appeared in the film, it is almost like watching the CCTV's yearly Chinese new year show.

It seemed that it showed the history correctly without trying to make the Kuomintang people acting like idiots or clowns. Even though many historical people appeared in the film, this film is not hard to follow. I was captivated by it for the entire two hours.


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