Beginning of the Great Revival

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  140 min.
Release Date: June 24, 2011 (limited)

Current rating: Rating: 3.00
based on 10 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: John Woo, Andy Lau, Wei Tang, Daniel Wu


A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.

Director: Han Sanping, Huang Jianxin
Studio: China Film Group

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  • 5 stars "Theatre Title: JIAN DANG WEI YE aka: Beginning of the Great Revival (???? - Jiàn Dang Wei Yè) Well, I finally saw it, much better than I expected, and worth the see for all; a movie told from the perspective of the Chinese, more than from merely the Red Communists of China. China, from being in a position of weakness, humiliation, and violence, fought to finally coming out of the past and looking to the future. It reminded me of the humiliation I often felt being born out here in the West; but hopefully the future is better everywhere. The story serves as a historical primer to the Chinese people as to where they came from and hopefully where they can go in the future."
  • 3 stars "Um, walked into the only theatre showing 'Beginning of the Great Revival', and it wasn't even listed, so I had to find out amongst numerous other foreign films amongst which were both Chinese and Indian movies. This movie is titled such that if I don't have never seen or understand the meaning of the title, I wouldn't know it is the same movie. It was listed as: "Jian Dang Wei Ye". I ignored it because I thought maybe it was a newer Chinese movie (an action movie?), and so I dismissed it. So much for appealing to local Canadian audience here! NOT! :P I heard it was a propaganda film that showed only the positive side to the Chinese Communist beginnings, so I was curious. The Chinese titl"
  • 5 stars "a great introduction to the recent 100 years history of China : a sad story of civil wars, pain, shame, and sub-colonization, to awakening, self-renewal, revolutions, wars, and eventual founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 !"
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