The Founding of a Party will be released in China on June 15
The Founding of a Party is produced by the same team that brought us 2009's The Founding of A Republic
by Yao Cheng
Date Published: 06/06/2011
The Founding of a Party (建黨偉業). Photo courtesy of Chinesefilms.cn
Planned for a 2011 release to mark the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of China, Huang Jianxin and Han Sanping's The Founding of a Party continues The Founding of a Republic's tradition of inviting well-known Chinese actors and actresses to play important historical figures in the film. Almost 100 Chinese celebrities star in the film, including Andy Lau, Daniel Wu, Michelle Ye and Fan Bingbing. In addition, Hong Kong director John Woo and Russian signer Vitas also make appearances in the movie.
The film is two hours and twenty minutes long, and the production value is much higher than The Founding of A Republic, which earned an impressive box office in 2009 ($62.5 million). Different from The Founding of A Republic, which is about the War of Liberation from 1945-1949 after World War II, The Founding of a Party tells the story of how Chinese Communist Party was founded. The film includes several historical events from 1911 to 1921, the era when the Qing Dynasty ended and the Republic of China began.
In the latest 30-second trailer, two historical events are revealed, including the Campaign to Defend the Republic, led by Sun Yat-sen (Ma Shaohua) and Cai E (Andy Lau), and the May Fourth Movement, led by Li Dazhao (Zhang Jiaze) and Chen Duxiu (Feng Yuanzheng). The scenes of the civil war and student movements display the high production quality of the film.
The film has passed the censoring of SARFT (The State Administration of Radio Film and Television of China) and is scheduled for release on June 15 and will be available in IMAX.