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Jian guo da ye (2009)

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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Chiang Ching-kuo
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Tian Han
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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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At the initial announcement of the film, GuoLi Zhang went to the producers, offering to perform the role of Chiang Kai-Shek, for FREE. Shortly after, all the top film stars of China did the same thing, and offered to play roles for only a few seconds on screen, free of charge. Eventually, it was concluded by fans that Jian Guo Da Ye was a measure of the success or level of profession of film stars in China. See more »

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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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