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4.0 out of 5 stars Approach with an open mind and one can enjoy
What follows intends to be, at least by intent, an objective review. Two possible detractions are the misleading nature of the promotional artwork, and the agenda pushing nature of the work. However, the film has merits, and it is the merits upon which my review mainly rests.
To dispense with the negative, the promotional artwork is clearly designed to use star power...
Published 8 months ago by A. J. Smith

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2.0 out of 5 stars Watchable film but VERY misleading packaging
This film is a good quality production which is certainly watchable BUT it is very much a case of buyer beware. The images on the cover and even the crossed Chinese swords on the menu suggest it is an epic war/martial movie which is supported by the image of Chow Yun Fat on the box...it is most definitely NOT. This is a historic piece that tells of the revolutionary...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Watchable film but VERY misleading packaging, 9 Sep 2012
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C. Knightley "CK" (where I wander) - See all my reviews
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This film is a good quality production which is certainly watchable BUT it is very much a case of buyer beware. The images on the cover and even the crossed Chinese swords on the menu suggest it is an epic war/martial movie which is supported by the image of Chow Yun Fat on the box...it is most definitely NOT. This is a historic piece that tells of the revolutionary turmoil of China up to the creation of the Chinese Communist Party promising a 'brave new future' for the country - read your history books to find out what happened. Chow Yun Fat's role is minor and his 'character' dies quite early on.

If you are looking for a martial epic starring Chow Yun Fat - forget it. This won't 'float your boat' at all. In fact it will well and truly sink it!

If you want a biopic on the early life of Mao Tse Tung and the rise of the Chinese Communist Party (the 'goodies' in this Chinese made film) then this is for you...and get a pair of binoculars for the onscreen information on plot and locations - subtitles are fine and big enough.

To be honest, once I got my head round what I was watching I quite enjoyed it. It certainly won't get as much airplay in this house as Hero or Fearless and I will be definitely be checking the 'real' content of a film made by the China Film Group Corporation before I buy another one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extreme false advertising - CCP Epic, 4 Sep 2012
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This distributor is rather fond of repackaging foreign dramas etc as big large war movies. This contribution, with Chow Yun Fats name emblazoned on the top and irrelevent, photoshopped pictures of the Temple of Heaven etc. pass it off as a war period piece like "The Warlords", however this movie only stars him in a small background role and depicts the forming of the CCP amidst the turbulent 1920s China. I suppose they feared reference to Communism on the sleeve would hurt sales.

The movie itself is an average propaganda piece, but is rather historically interesting if one can ignore the bias.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Approach with an open mind and one can enjoy, 17 Dec 2013
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What follows intends to be, at least by intent, an objective review. Two possible detractions are the misleading nature of the promotional artwork, and the agenda pushing nature of the work. However, the film has merits, and it is the merits upon which my review mainly rests.
To dispense with the negative, the promotional artwork is clearly designed to use star power by featuring the best known member of the cast, Chow Yun Fat, who has a prominent role early in the movie, but this is not the main role. Yuan Shi Kai was a general who became President of the Republic of China, but attempted to make himself Emperor. However, perhaps it is only understandable that a star of his pedigree would feature prominently on the promotional artwork when ultimately the work contains a subject many Western audiences will be unfamiliar with.
Another possible detraction is the propaganda value of the film. As a state backed effort, and state backed to the point that Mainland film critics were given a suggestive nod and wink to write favorable reviews, there is no doubt the film seeks to act as an inspirational piece on the Chinese Communist Party's founding.
Having said this, let us also remember that there are Western cinematic works that are blatantly pushing an agenda, not least of which are those that come from the Jerry Bruckheimer machine, and this movie is no worse than the Western counterparts.
However, to assess the film on it's merits, it is a very sumptuous, well made film that is pleasing to the eye and gives the watcher a sense of the China of the early 20th Century. As Chinese cinema is saturated with period pieces set in dynasties of old, it is refreshing to encounter a work set in a different era, and one that does not use the much overused period of WWII.
For a movie on such an epic scale, covering the period from the Xinhai Revolution of 1911, to the founding of the CCP in 1921, it is remarkably well constructed, and not in the least disjointed.
Perhaps the biggest complaint this reviewer had is the use of the misleading Wade-Giles system of Romanization. As a student of the Chinese language, I cannot overstate how phonetically incorrect that Romanization system is, and for those inexperienced or unfamiliar with China, use of words such as Shantung (correct Romanization Shandong) is not in the least helpful.
However, this film makes a refreshing change of pace from the Chinese cinema us Westerners are familiar with. It is pleasing to the eye, has educational value (regardless of objectivity, or lack thereof) and should be enjoyed with an open mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, 25 Oct 2013
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I've been a Chow Yun Fat fan for more years than I care to remember, and whilst not one of his best, it is a pretty good film.
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