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Founding of the Republic [DVD]
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An action-packed epic Asian war title with an outstanding ensemble cast…Following the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the Communist Party started to rule in the mainland and Kuomingtang was forced to retreat to the island of Taiwan. The new power, along with other parties, came together to organize the very first People's Republic of China.
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Nothing that hasn't been done in the West before.
As a 'Historical Drama' it is somewhat one-sided. But you would expect that, since as the saying goes 'History is written by the victors'. You wouldn't really expect a Chinese made film to depict Chairman Mao as anything other than the charismatic, coalescing force behind 'The Founding of the Republic' (and we know which Republic that is from the start), would you?
My suggestion: watch it and make up your own mind.
Essentially this is a documentary on the Chinese civil war. If you knew this in advance, you would accept it for what it is and not mind. It is not that bad as such.
Ignore the pictures of Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen on the cover - they have purely cameo roles.
Also ignore the wording on the reverse, which states that 'Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen 'star' in this action-packed monumental epic'.
This is an okay film, though I'd imagine aimed more at fans of history or completists who must have the '5 second and miss it' appearances from the 'stars' shown on the cover.
It's a film that's worth a watch - but if you're expecting to see the stars on the cover, then best look elsewhere.
It is one of the most boring Hong Kong cinema films I've ever seen (No Exaggeration). It's even more boring than The Postman Fights Back which takes some beating!
It is however, very well produced and although it has a rather rose tinted view of Mao, if you're wanting a historic type film that lasts far too long, then you'll be creaming yourselves when you watch this.
The cover is misleading and just builds the viewer up for a mighty fall when ten minutes in you're thinking maybe there'll be a fight in a minute....
Overall I think this was a massive waste of a good publicity campaign and urge people not to buy it if they're not avid collectors or Chinese history enthusiasts.
the cover is misleading. many movies all over the world do this but it doesn't make it right. the three actors on the cover appeared for a total of not even 5 of a 138 minute movie.
since when did actors playing cameo roles / extras have the right to be on the box cover over the main actors in the movie..... usually when the marketing dept want to exploit the paying public.
Secondly this is not an action movie it's an historical drama that retells the tale of the Communist ascendancy and triumph.
So don't be fooled into thinking this is a big action movie starring 3 of the greatest action stars to come out of China if you like historical dramas or if your a Jackie Chan, Jet Li or Donnie Yen completist then this is for you.
The film itself is blatant propagandist tripe, obviously sponsored by the Chinese government. I do not know enough about the detail of the history to pick particular nits; but Chairman Mao and his boyz are all wonderful folksy chaps, beloved of the people and doing the right thing, while the Kuomintang are all duplicitous nasty swine who deserve what they get (to be chucked out of China - the mainland, at least).
If you are a student of Chinese history, this may be of interest to you; although I would suggest you take it with a large packet of Saxa. If you are not, you may well find it dull, one-sided, and propagandist. Either way, you should consider the marketing of it an enormous swizz. I am only pleased that I got it on marketplace for pence (plus postage), and I will be recycling it to the charity shop as soon as I can be bothered to go there.
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