The Founding of a Party

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The Founding of a Party
The Founding of a Party.jpg
Traditional 建黨偉業
Simplified 建党伟业
Mandarin Jiàn Dǎng Wěi Yè
Directed by Huang Jianxin
Han Sanping
Produced by Han Sanping
Written by Dong Zhe
Guo Junli
Huang Xin
Music by Shu Nan
Ma Shangyou
Edited by Derek Hui
Distributed by China Film Group (mainland China)
China Lion Film Distribution (International)[1]
Release date
  • 15 June 2011 (2011-06-15)
Running time
118 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin

The Founding of a Party, alternatively titled in English Beginning of the Great Revival for its international release,[2][3][4] is a Chinese film released in 2011 to mark the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of China. The film is directed by Huang Jianxin and Han Sanping, both of whom also worked on the similar historical film, The Founding of a Republic, and features a star-studded cast of Chinese actors, including Andy Lau and Chow Yun-fat.[5][6] The film was created by the state-owned China Film Group and depicts the formation of the Chinese Communist Party, from the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911 to the Party's creation in 1921.[7]


During the early 20th century, China is marked by political disunity and a handful of individuals, including Mao Zedong, Li Dazhao, and Zhou Enlai, envision a unified China, especially in the political crises that followed the 1911 Xinhai Revolution, which ended centuries of dynastic rule in the country. After World War I, the Western Allies give Tsingtao and Kiaochow Bay to the Empire of Japan at the Treaty of Versailles, stirring sentiments amongst China's youth, leading to the May Fourth Movement of 1919. In March 1920, Grigori Voitinsky comes to China in an attempt to spread communism to the Far East and, on 22 July 1921, 13 representatives from throughout China meet in a Shanghai's women's dormitory to found what would become the Chinese Communist Party.[8]


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  1. ^ a b Jonathan Landreth, 20 May 2011, China Lion to Release Chinese Communist Party Epic in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Hollywood Reporter
  2. ^ 10 June 2011, Epic story gets star-studded treatment, Eastday. Original article from Shanghai Daily.
  3. ^ a b c 9 June 2011, Star-studded film charts 90 years of Communist Party, Global Times
  4. ^ Patrick Frater, 21 May 2011, Party becomes Revival for int'l release, Film Business Asia
  5. ^ a b c Associated Press, 8 June 2011, China launches star-studded propaganda movie, Yahoo!
  6. ^ a b Brian Brooks, 8 June 2011, John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat Among Chinese Stars Who Pimp for Communist Party Blockbuster, indieWIRE
  7. ^ Chi-Chi Zhang. 'China takes no chances on blockbuster status of star-filled propaganda film 'Great Revival, Associated Press, 9 June 2011
  8. ^ a b Beginning of the Great Revival: The IMAX Experience, IMAX website
  9. ^ a b Lee, Min (26 May 2011). Tang's role in Chinese propaganda film in doubt, Associated Press
  10. ^ a b Clifford Coonan, 16 May 2011, "China's leading lady Tang Wei deemed too racy to star in Mao movie", The Independent
  11. ^ 9 June 2011, 《建党伟业》再现五四狂飙 王力宏黄轩辩论戏PK, Sina Entertainment
  12. ^ 9 September 2010, 张震《建党伟业》演青年蒋介石 定妆照帅气逼人, China Film Group
  13. ^ 9 June 2011, 周润发谈《建党》造型 称曾志伟更像袁世凯, Ifensi
  14. ^ 27 May 2011, 《建党伟业》主打偶像风 一米八韩庚出演邓小平, Sina Entertainment
  15. ^ 10 June 2011, 《建党伟业》将映 赵立新六月大秀“四栖连环计”, Xinhua News Agency
  16. ^ a b c 16 June 2011, China turns all its attention to 'Beginning of the Great Revival', The Independent
  17. ^ a b Liu Wei, 11 June 2011, Revival ready for release with leaner cast, China Daily
  18. ^ a b Clifford Coonan, 30 May 2011, China Communists celebrate with 'Revival': 'Transformers,' 'Harry Potter' be delayed, Variety
  19. ^ a b Derek Elley, 15 June 2011, Beginning of the Great Revival (建黨偉業), Film Business Asia
  20. ^ 14 December 2010, 'The Founding of a Party' to Film at Kremlin, CRI
  21. ^ a b "Cadillac Sponsors Communist Propaganda Film", China Auto Web. (2 September 2010).
  22. ^ Currie, Kelley (blog, 23 September 2010). "GM's Cadillac Sponsors Chinese Propaganda Film". The Weekly Standard
  23. ^ Picket, Kerry (blog, 17 May 2011). "GM sponsors and celebrates soon to be released Chi-Com propaganda film", The Washington Times
  24. ^ 9 June 2011, Theme song of the Founding of a Party – One Day,
  25. ^ 19 June 2011, 《建党伟业》两天收5千万 追究网上盗播, QQ Entertainment
  26. ^ 何燕文, 19 June 2011, 上映三天冰城票房突破百万元年轻人观《建党伟业》引爆暑期高票房, Sohu
  27. ^ a b "'Princelings' in China Use Family Ties to Gain Riches". The New York Times. May 17, 2012. 
  28. ^ a b Ford, Peter (11 July 2011) "How to ensure a movie becomes a blockbuster in China? Trickery" Christian Science Monitor.
  29. ^ "Beginning of a great film controversy", 7 July 2011, The Standard
  30. ^ Zhao Kun, 17 June 2011,Movie Review: Beginning of the Great Revival, Global Times
  31. ^ 17 June 2011, 『建党伟业』票房目标10亿惟网民劣评如潮. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  32. ^ Michael Kan, 'Web Ratings Disabled for Chinese Communist Party Film', PC World, 22 June 2011.
  33. ^ Global Voices, 'China: Mixed Reactions to Communist Party Movie Epic', 17 June 2011.
  34. ^ Yau Lop-Poon, '建黨偉業的未竟之業'. Translation available at "Long live the workers", China Media Project.

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