The Founding of an Army

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The Founding of an Army
MandarinJiànjūn Dàyè
Directed byAndrew Lau[1]
Produced byHan Sanping
Huang Jianxin[1]
Written byDong Zhe
Zhao Ningyu
Han Sanping
Huang Jianxin
China Film Group Corporation
Bona Film Group
Nanchang Radio and TV Station
August First Film Studio
Shanghai Sanciyuan Entertainment
Emperor Motion Pictures
Sun Entertainment Culture
Media Asia Film[2][1]
Distributed byChina Film Group Corporation
Distribution Workshop
Release date
  • 28 July 2017 (2017-07-28)[1]

The Founding of an Army is a 2017 Chinese propaganda film[3] commissioned by China's government to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army. Produced by Han Sanping and directed by Andrew Lau, it is the third installment of the trilogy called Founding of New China after The Founding of a Republic (2009) and The Founding of a Party (2011). The film features a star-studded cast of Chinese actors.[4] It was released on July 28, 2017 to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.[5][6]


The story begins in 1927 at the beginning of the Nanchang uprising, known as the first major Kuomintang–Communist engagement.



Critical response[edit]

On July 25, 2017, the film was criticised by film director Ye Daying (叶大鹰), the grandson of General Ye Ting. He wrote on his sina weibo: "The revolutionary history is seriously entertaining. It is a reproach and distortion of the revolutionary history."[7][8] Ye Daying also sent an open letter to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), which was signed by more than 25 revolutionary successors, many of them are generations of higher military officials.[9] They demanded an apology to their family from the producer.[9]

The page of the film on Douban, the leading film review website in China, has forbidden any rating or comment by its users since July 2017.[10]

Asian Release[edit]

This film was only released in south-east asia within Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, and Estonia before the Asean international film exhibit.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
9th Macau International Movie Festival Best Picture The Founding of an Army Nominated [11]
Best Director Andrew Lau Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Zhang Yixing Nominated
9th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Film The Founding of an Army Nominated [12]
37th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Visual Effects Victor Wong, Eman Tse Nominated [13]
23rd Huading Awards Best Film The Founding of an Army Nominated [14]
25th Beijing College Student Film Festival Jury Award Nominated [15]
14th Changchun Film Festival Best Original Music Score Chen Guangrong Won [16]
34th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Picture The Founding of an Army Nominated [17][18]
Outstanding Picture Won
Best Writing Han Sanping, Huang Jianxin, Dong Zhe, Zhao Ningyu Nominated
Best Actor Zhu Yawen Nominated
Best Actress Li Qin Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Ma Tianyu Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Zhang Tian'ai Nominated


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  2. ^ "战争史诗巨制《建军大业》今日开机 全明星阵容再现领袖救国壮举". 1 August 2016.
  3. ^ "China's Pretty Boys Find a New Gig: Propaganda Films". 8 August 2017.
  4. ^ "刘烨、董子健、霍建华、张艺兴、李易峰、刘昊然、韩庚 《建军大业》45位角色海报曝光". 12 April 2017.
  5. ^ "献礼片《建军大业》定档建军节". Hainan Ribao. 3 February 2017.
  6. ^ "War epic to mark founding of Chinese army". 2 August 2016.
  7. ^ 叶挺将军孙子叶大鹰不满《建军大业》叶挺一角:羞辱谁呢?. huanqiu (in Chinese). 2017-07-26.
  8. ^ 叶挺将军孙子叶大鹰不满《建军大业》叶挺一角:羞辱谁呢?. xinmin (in Chinese). 2017-07-26.
  9. ^ a b 叶挺之孙发公开信要求《建军大业》片方道歉. (in Chinese). 2017-07-27.
  10. ^ 建军大业. Douban.
  11. ^ "2017年第九屆澳門國際電影節獎項提名名單". Macau International Movie Festival Official Website (in Chinese).
  12. ^ "电影导演协会2017年度入围名单揭晓 吴京入围最佳导演". ifeng (in Chinese). February 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "Hong Kong Film Awards nominations 2018: Ann Hui's Our Time Will Come leads race with 11 nods". South China Morning Post. February 6, 2018.
  14. ^ "第23届华鼎奖提名:《战狼2》、《芳华》双雄逐鹿". Sina (in Chinese). March 20, 2018.
  15. ^ "第二十五届北京大学生电影节闭幕式暨颁奖典礼圆满落幕". Tencent (in Chinese). May 7, 2018.
  16. ^ "《红海行动》《我不是药神》获长春电影节最佳故事片奖". Xinhua (in Chinese). September 8, 2018.
  17. ^ "第34届大众电影百花奖提名名单公布". Netease (in Chinese). November 7, 2018.
  18. ^ "《红海行动》斩获百花奖五项大奖 吴京拿下最佳男主角 成龙黄晓明亮相红毯". Mtime (in Chinese). November 10, 2018.

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