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Founding of a Republic, The


aka: Jian guo da ye
China 2009, 138 minutes
Dir. Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / History

Topics: Politics, Period 1940s.


Aroview: The People’s Republic of China rolls out the big guns for this 60th anniversary epic, chronicling in big, sweeping gestures, the uprising of Mao Zedong and the Communist Party through civil war and political unrest.

Conscripting a who’s who of Chinese cinema to bolster its sprawling ensemble cast, the film, in all its scale and significance, is a belligerent (if not, mildly propagandist) history lesson rather than a moving, human perspective on the country’s tumultuous change. While outsiders will struggle to gain an emotional foothold on the events though, mainlanders will certainly find themselves caught up in the proud nationalism on display.

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