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The Founding of an Army (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Liu Ye (Actor) | Andrew Lau (Director) | Zhu Ya Wen (Actor) | Wallace Huo (Actor)
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Following in the footsteps of 2009's The Founding of a Republic and 2011's The Founding of a Party comes the all-star Chinese historical drama The Founding of an Army, produced to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army. Hong Kong director Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) takes the reins for this massive cinematic undertaking set in 1927 during the breakout of the Chinese Civil War between the Communists and the Nationalists. The film follows the strategic and organizational efforts of Zhou Enlai, Mao Zedong and other key figures leading up to war, and depicts important military engagements, including the Nanchang Uprising and the Sanheba Battle in Guangdong, in impressively extensive and explosive war action scenes.

As customary for the Founding series, The Founding of an Army rounds up a huge lineup of well-known stars to play famous historical figures, with Liu Ye reprising as Mao Zedong, Zhu Yawen as Zhou Enlai, Huang Zhizhong as Zhu De, Wang Jingchun as He Long and Wallace Huo as Chiang Kai-shek. Notably, many popular young stars appear in this installment to play the young revolutionaries and soldiers who would go on to become leading figures, including Oho Ou as Ye Ting, Ma Tianyu as Lin Biao, Liu Haoran as Su Yu, and Dong Zijian as Deng Xiaoping. The staggering cast also includes Li Yifeng, Lay, Lu Han, Yo Yang, William Chan, Han Geng, Guan Xiaotong, Zhou Dongyu, Chen Xiao, Crystal Zhang, Joe Cheng, Yu Shaoqun, Guo Xiaodong, Wu Yue, Song Jia and Zhang Hanyu.

The Founding of an Army begins in the spring of 1927 when conservative Nationalist forces began carrying out violent suppressions of Communist party members in Shanghai and other cities. The purges effectively ended the tenuous United Front alliance between the Nationalists and Communists, and created open divisions in the KMT between Chiang Kai-shek and other party factions. In response to the purges, Communists and like-minded revolutionaries, under the planning and leadership of Zhou Enlai, launched a military insurrection on August 1, 1927, known as the Nanchang Uprising. This date marks the founding of the People's Liberation Army and the beginning of all-out civil war.

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Product Title: The Founding of an Army (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 建軍大業 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 建军大业 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) The Founding of an Army (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) The Founding of an Army (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Liu Ye (Actor) | Zhu Ya Wen (Actor) | Wallace Huo (Actor) | Ashton Chen (Shi Hsiao Lung) (Actor) | Wang Jing Chun (Actor) | Huang Zhi Zhong (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor) | Joseph Cheng (Actor) | Bao Bei Er | Chen He | Han Geng | Li Yi Feng | Li Qin | Guo Xiao Dong | Song Yang | Chen Xiao | Yo Yang | Guan Xiao Tong | Ma Tian Yu | Wu Yue | William Chan (Actor) | Yu Shao Qun | Zhou Dong Yu (Actor) | Liu Hao Ran | Oho Ou (Actor) | Lu Han | Lay (EXO) | Dong Zi Jian | Crystal Zhang 劉燁 (Actor) | 朱 亞文 (Actor) | 霍建華 (Actor) | 釋小龍 (Actor) | 王景春 (Actor) | 黃 志忠 (Actor) | 張涵予 (Actor) | 鄭元暢 (Actor) | 包貝爾 | 陳 赫 | 韓庚 | 李易峰 | 李沁 | 郭曉冬 | 宋洋 | 陳曉 | 楊祐寧 | 關 曉彤 | 馬天宇 | 吳樾 | 陳 偉霆 (Actor) | 余 少群 | 周 冬雨 (Actor) | 劉 昊然 | 歐 豪 (Actor) | 鹿晗 | 張藝興 (EXO) | 董子健 | 張天愛 刘烨 (Actor) | 朱 亚文 (Actor) | 霍建华 (Actor) | 释小龙 (Actor) | 王景春 (Actor) | 黄 志忠 (Actor) | 张涵予 (Actor) | 郑元畅 (Actor) | 包贝尔 | 陈 赫 | 韩庚 | 李易峰 | 李沁 | 郭晓冬 | 宋洋 | 陈晓 | 杨佑宁 | 关 晓彤 | 马天宇 | 吴樾 | 陈 伟霆 (Actor) | 余 少群 | 周 冬雨 (Actor) | 刘 昊然 | 欧 豪 (Actor) | 鹿晗 | 张艺兴 (EXO) | 董子健 | 张天爱 劉燁 (リウ・イエ)  (Actor) | Zhu Ya Wen (Actor) | 霍建華(ウォレス・フオ) (Actor) | 釋小龍(シー・シャオロン) (Actor) | ワン・ジンチュン (Actor) | Huang Zhi Zhong (Actor) | 張涵予 (チャン・ハンユー) (Actor) | 鄭元暢(ジョセフ・チェン) (Actor) | Bao Bei Er | Chen He | 韓庚 (ハンギョン) | 李易峰(リー・イーフォン) | Li Qin | グオ・シャオドン | 宋洋(ソン・ヤン) | 陳暁(チェン・シャオ) | 楊祐寧(トニー・ヤン) | Guan Xiao Tong | 馬天宇 (マー・ティアンユー) | Wu Yue | 陳偉霆 (ウィリアム・チャン) (Actor) | 余少群 (ユー・シャオチュン) | 周冬雨 (チョウ・ドンユィ) (Actor) | Liu Hao Ran | Oho Ou (Actor) | 鹿晗 (ルハン) | Lay (EXO) | 董子健(ドン・ズージエン) | チャン・ティエンアイ[張天愛] Liu Ye (Actor) | Zhu Ya Wen (Actor) | Wallace Huo (Actor) | Ashton Chen (Shi Hsiao Lung) (Actor) | Wang Jing Chun (Actor) | Huang Zhi Zhong (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor) | Joseph Cheng (Actor) | Bao Bei Er | Chen He | 한경 | Li Yi Feng | Li Qin | Guo Xiao Dong | Song Yang | Chen Xiao | Yo Yang | Guan Xiao Tong | Ma Tian Yu | Wu Yue | William Chan (Actor) | Yu Shao Qun | Zhou Dong Yu (Actor) | Liu Hao Ran | Oho Ou (Actor) | 루한 | 레이 (엑소) | 동자건 | Crystal Zhang
Director: Andrew Lau 劉偉強 刘伟强 劉偉強(アンドリュー・ラウ) Andrew Lau
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2017-09-27
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), Dolby Atmos
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 50 GB - Double Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 134 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1062141418

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In 1927, a shocking counter-revolutionary uprising began in Shanghai when the Chinese Communist Party and the labor organizations it represented were suppressed. The Chinese revolution had reached a critical turning point.

In July 2017, Zhou Enlai organized the Nanchang Uprising, which fired the first shot in the early morning of August 1, marking the beginning of a new army and the start of a long path to the formatiion of a mighty military force.

On the trek south, the forces of the Nanchang Uprising faced internal bickering and attacks from Kuomintang forces. The bloody battles incurred many casualties. As the battles raged on, the forces faced imminent defeat with another setback in Chaoshan. Zhu De decided to fight a battle to the death at Snhe Dam in order to buy time for the remaining forces to split up. Zhou Enlai and other leaders took to the waters and escaped to Hong Kong. Meanwhile, many of the soldiers at Sanhe Dam were able to escape certain death under Zhu De’s leadership, later regrouping at Mao Zhi School near the border between Guangdong and Jiangxi.

With forces from the Autumn Harvest uprisings, Mao Zedong was able to establish a new base in Jinggang Mountain, breathing new life to the revolutionary effort. Meanwhile, Zhu De was able to quickly arm a thousand soldiers in southern Jiangxi. In April 01928, Zhu De led his men to join Mao in Jinggang Mountain. Together, they formed the Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Army.

For the next two decades, this formidable force would fight fierce battles that ultimately laid the foundation for a new republic. This is an army that China has never seen before. This is the People’s Liberation Army.
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