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The Founding Of A Republic (2009) (DVD) (Single Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Tang Guo Qiang (Actor) | Zhang Guo Li (Actor) | Leon Lai (Actor) | Andy Lau (Actor)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

YesAsia Editorial Description

2009 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC), and a host of films were specially made to commemorate the occasion. Among those films, The Founding of a Republic is the undisputed centerpiece of the lot, due mainly to its epic scope and the magnitude of talents involved in the production. Produced under the banner of the state-run China Film Group and its director Han Sanping, the ambitious project is helmed by Fifth-Generation director Huang Jianxin (Gimme Kudos) from a script by Wang Xingdong (The One Man Olympics). The historical epic chronicles the Chinese civil war from 1945 to 1949, during which the Chinese Communist Party overthrew the rule of Kuomintang and eventually established the PRC. The film opened in Mainland two weeks before the October 1st National Day, and the strong buzz has powered the film to stunning grosses at the box office. By its fifth weekend, this unstoppable juggernaut has raked in over RMB400 million to become the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time.

Perhaps what makes The Founding of a Republic such an attention grabber and commercial triumph is the huge ensemble cast that has come together under the great patriotic cause this movie represents. Over a hundred big-name Chinese showbiz personalities get starring roles in the event film, including many international superstars that reportedly make cameo appearances for free. Occupying the main roles are Tang Guoqiang (playing Mao Zedong), Zhang Guoli (Chiang Kai Shek), Xu Qing (Soong Ching Ling), Vivian Wu (Soong Mei Ling), Aloys Chen (Chiang Ching Kuo), Liu Jin (Zhou Enlai), Wang Wufu (Zhu De), and Wang Xueqi (Li Tsung Jen). In supporting parts there are Jet Li, Zhang Ziyi, Vicki Zhao, Huang Xiaoming, Liu Ye, Guo Xiaodong, Tong Dawei, Ge You, Hu Jun, Zhang Hanyu, Chen Hao, Ning Jing, Eva Huang, Chen Daoming, and Jiang Wen. Add to the mix popular Hong Kong movie stars like Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Leon Lai, Donnie Yen, Tony Leung Ka Fai, and the stargazing still doesn't end there - even A-list directors Chen Kaige and Feng Xiaogang are onboard taking rare turns in front of the camera!

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Product Title: The Founding Of A Republic (2009) (DVD) (Single Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 建國大業 (2009) (DVD) (單碟版) (香港版) 建国大业 (2009) (DVD) (单碟版) (香港版) 建國大業 (2009) (DVD) (單碟版) (香港版) The Founding Of A Republic (2009) (DVD) (Single Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Tang Guo Qiang (Actor) | Zhang Guo Li (Actor) | Leon Lai (Actor) | Andy Lau (Actor) | Jet Li | Ge You | Wang Xue Qi (Actor) | Zhang Ziyi | Wang Wu Fu (Actor) | Xu Qing (Actor) | Chen Kaige (Actor) | Feng Xiao Gang (Actor) | Wang Jian (Actor) | Chen Kun (Actor) | Liu Sha (Actor) | Liu Jing (Actor) | Aisling Franciosi (Actor) | Jackie Chan | Vicki Zhao | Donnie Yen | Jiang Wen | Chen Dao Ming | Xiu Zong Di | Huang Xiao Ming | Shi Xin | Zhang Han Yu | Chen Hao | Eva Huang 唐國強 (Actor) | 張 國立 (Actor) | 黎明 (Actor) | 劉 德華 (Actor) | 李 連杰 | 葛優 | 王學圻 (Actor) | 章子怡 | 王伍福 (Actor) | 許晴 (Actor) | 陳凱歌 (Actor) | 馮小剛 (Actor) | 王健 (Actor) | 陳坤 (Actor) | 劉沙 (Actor) | 劉勁 (Actor) | Aisling Franciosi (Actor) | 成龍 | 趙薇 | 甄 子丹 | 姜文 | 陳道明 | 修宗迪 | 黃曉明 | 史鑫 | 張涵予 | 陳好 | 黃聖依 唐国强 国强 (Actor) | 张国立 (Actor) | 黎明 (Actor) | 刘 德华 (Actor) | 李 连杰 | 葛优 | 王学圻 (Actor) | 章子怡 | 王伍福 (Actor) | 许晴 (Actor) | 陈凯歌 (Actor) | 冯小刚 (Actor) | 王健 (Actor) | 陈坤 (Actor) | 刘沙 (Actor) | 刘劲 (Actor) | Aisling Franciosi (Actor) | 成龙 | 赵薇 | 甄 子丹 | 姜文 | 陈道明 | 修宗迪 | 黄 晓明 | 史鑫 | 张涵予 | 陈好 | 黄圣依 唐國強(トン・コッキョン) (Actor) | 張國立(チャン・グオリー) (Actor) | 黎明(レオン・ライ) (Actor) | 劉徳華(アンディ・ラウ) (Actor) | 李連杰(ジェット・リー) | 葛優 (グォ・ヨウ) | 王學圻(ワン・シュエイン) (Actor) | 章子怡(チャン・ツィイー) | 王伍福(ワン・ウーフー) (Actor) | 許晴(シュー・チン) (Actor) | 陳凱歌 (チェン・カイコー) (Actor) | 馮小剛(フォン・シャオガン) (Actor) | Wang Jian (Actor) | 陳坤(チェン・クン) (Actor) | Liu Sha (Actor) | Liu Jing (Actor) | Aisling Franciosi (Actor) | 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) | 趙薇 (ヴィッキー・チャオ) | 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) | 姜文(チアン・ウェン) | 陳道明 (チェン・ダオミン) | Xiu Zong Di | 黄暁明 (ホァン・シァオミン) | 史鑫 (シー・シン) | 張涵予 (チャン・ハンユー) | 陳好(チェン・ハオ) | 黄聖依 (ホアン・シェンイー、エヴァ・ホアン) Tang Guo Qiang (Actor) | Zhang Guo Li (Actor) | Leon Lai (Actor) | 유덕화 (Actor) | 이연걸 | Ge You | Wang Xue Qi (Actor) | 장쯔이 | Wang Wu Fu (Actor) | Xu Qing (Actor) | Chen Kaige (Actor) | Feng Xiao Gang (Actor) | Wang Jian (Actor) | Chen Kun (Actor) | Liu Sha (Actor) | Liu Jing (Actor) | Aisling Franciosi (Actor) | 성룡 | Vicki Zhao | 견자단 | Jiang Wen | Chen Dao Ming | Xiu Zong Di | Huang Xiao Ming | Shi Xin | Zhang Han Yu | Chen Hao | Eva Huang
Director: Huang Jian Xin | Han San Ping 黃建新 | 韓三平 黄建新 | 韩三平 Huang Jian Xin | Han San Ping Huang Jian Xin | Han San Ping
Release Date: 2021-04-07
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 139 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1100883931

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導演 : 韓三平、黃建新

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

Kevin Kennedy
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January 1, 2010

This customer review refers to The Founding Of A Republic (DVD) (English Subtitled) (China Version)
3 people found this review helpful

I guess Zhao Wei now is officially forgiven Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
How you respond to "The Founding of a Republic" will depend largely on your tolerance for star-studded, slickly-made political propaganda. In this film, the Communist rebels are noble, pure-hearted souls, while the Kuomintang are devious, corrupt killers. Chiang Kai-Shek is a cold, calculating tyrant. Mao Zedong is a warm-hearted, mild-mannered, family-loving man of the people, always willing to reach out a hand to embrace his opponents in search of peaceful solutions, always with a common touch. He's a secular saint, a prince among men, whose only fault is his chain-smoking habit. Truly, the attempts to beatify Mao become almost comical at times. Airbrushed out of this version of history are the Communist siege of Changchun that left 160,000 civilians dead, any mention of Mao's wife Jiang Qing, any disagreements among the Communist leadership, any killings by Communists of landlords or Nationalist sympathizers, etc. In short, this is mythology, not history.

As mythology, this tale is engaging, although it covers too many events in too short a period of time and too often lacks a human dimension. All of the cameos by big movie stars became a bit of a distraction. Hey, there's Jet Li! Look, Vivian Wu! Fan Bing-bing! Oh, and Liu Ye, and Ge You, and Leon Lai! Isn't that Jackie Chan behind those glasses? Hey, Donnie Yen and Zhao Wei, trying to look very serious! There's Leung Ka-Fai ... and Ning Jing ... and, oh, it's Zhang Ziyi! Aaandy Laauuu! I also chuckled whenever the American ambassador to China talked, as he spoke with a strong Australian accent.

Some day someone will make an honest, powerful, compelling film about these events. While we wait for that great film, break out the popcorn and enjoy this almost-endearingly faux-serious attempt to rebuild the reputations of Mao, the Party, and the CCPPC.
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October 23, 2009

This customer review refers to The Founding Of A Republic (DVD) (English Subtitled) (China Version)
2 people found this review helpful

A Fine Picture Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Quite well-done. Not an easy task to compress a series of major events leading to the founding of the PRC,and yet come up

with a relatively smooth-flowing story telling.

However, the characters for the credits at the end and for the names/titles of individuals in the pic are awefully too small to be legible
even on a large screen. This is indeed an unnecessary flaw. Make them larger, so that viewers have no difficulty in catching them.
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