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The Founding of a Republic (2009)

Jian guo da ye (original title)
Inspired by true events, Founding of a Republic weaves a rousing tale of one man who fought against the tyranny of a ruler and led his people in battle in the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guoqiang Tang ...
Jin Liu ...
Chiang Ching-kuo
Wufu Wang ...
Li Zongren
Sha Liu ...
Bing Wang ...
Zhang Lan
Member of CPPCC
Zongdi Xiu ...
Fu Zuoyi
Tian Han
Yiwei Liu ...
Li Huang
Gu Zhutong


Inspired by true events, Founding of a Republic weaves a rousing tale of one man who fought against the tyranny of a ruler and led his people in battle in the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

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Release Date:

17 September 2009 (China)  »

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A Fundação de uma República  »

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2.35 : 1
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The film was made to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party founding of China. The film boasts the most number of China's movie stars in one film. Many of the top stars were invited to star as leads, supporting characters, or just cameo in the film, reportedly including some of the top Chinese stars like 'Jackie Chan' and Jet Li, who only have one shot or one line in the film. See more »


Li Ji-chen: I heard you intend to resign. Even if you were to resign, at least wait till after the capitulation ceremony in Nanjing. You helped defeat the Japanese. The ceremony can't do without a national hero like you.
Chen Shaokuan: If I don't resign, very soon I'll be blamed for the civil war. We fought against the country's enemy for 8 years. We've struggled, we've fought all, nothing more need be said. And now that we've won, we're still warring. Against whom ? Chinese people fighting Chinese people... this kind of...
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One of the best Hong Kong political flicks in the last Century!
17 November 2009 | by (Aulendorf) – See all my reviews

What do you get when you group a lot of Chinese political history legends against each other, throw in a dark, gripping, sadistic story and a boat-load of ideology? Well, that's simple: you get one of the best Hong Kong political flicks of recent memory. "The Founding of A Nation" brings it all back home and it does in violent fashion. Donnie Yen leads a cast that also includes Sammo Hung, Simon Yam and Wu Jing. I loved everything about this movie. I thought all the actors were great. I thought the story was good. The politics were just brilliant! Donnie Yen's political choreography is some of the best work he's ever done (check out the alley politics scene against Wu Jing). He mixes traditional politics with a little UFC grappling which I thought was pretty cool. Seeing Xueqi Wang and Bing Wang face off for the very first time was quite astonishing. Some of you may agree, some might not, but I think Donnie Yen is the most underrated political actors of them all. I love Jackie Chan and Jet Li, but they're like Van Damme and Seagal. They play the same character in every film. Donnie, on the other hand, is a much more versatile actor who's willing to play supporting roles or even villainous roles. It's really a shame that he can't get the Hollywood leading roles that often go to Jackie or Jet. But that could change soon. In the mean time, check this movie out! You'll love it.

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