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As the People's Republic of China approaches its 60th anniversary, the Communist Party is attempting to woo the nation's youth with a new movie that's celebrity-rich.
According to an Associated Press report, Jian Guo Da Ye, which translates to The Founding of a Republic, opens in theatres in two weeks. It will retell the story of the Communist Party's triumph, and feature brief appearances by Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Stephen Chow, and many others.
The film represents a tactical shift for China's ruling party with regards to getting its message out. In the recent past, the nation's state-supported film and TV industry produced predictable fare on conservative budgets, which mostly appealed to older audiences. Those films, featuring dowdy revolutionary heroes, were considered out of touch with the more slick, well-dressed action stars and pop singers coming out of Hong Kong and South Korea.
Meanwhile, Chinese artists who made it abroad »
This Teaser Trailer for Bodyguards and Assassins (aka Dark October) isn’t exacly brand new but since I haven’t seen it on any niche news site and I noticed that I haven’t typed a single word on director Teddy Chan and producer Peter Chan’s latest project I thought I should post it anyway.
The film is set on October 15th 1905 with the father of the Chinese Revolution, Dr. Sun Yat-sen visiting Hong Kong for negotiations. During his one-day stay, forces from the collapsing Qing Dynasty send out assassins to get rid of the politician and only the brave bodyguards coming from the streets of Hong Kong can prevent it…
[See post to watch Flash video] Like in (or maybe because of) Jian Guo Da Ye (The Great Cause of China’s Foundation/Founding of the Nation), Peter Chan managed to lure in a truck load of stars like Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Eric Tsang, »
Normally I wouldn’t write an entry about the trailer for Jian Guo Da Ye (The Great Cause of China’s Foundation/Founding of the Nation), Peter Chan’s tale of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China but it somehow amazes me how the producers managed to convince about every Chinese superstars to wear a uniform and smirk into the camera. I clearly recognized Andy Lau, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi, Zhao Wei and Tony Leung but couldn’t find names for some other familiar faces. I think I saw John Woo (1:21) and Chow Yun Fat (1:11) but they don’t even appear on the cast listing…
[See post to watch Flash video] Jian Guo Da Ye will open on October 1st to celebrate the People’s Republic 60 anniversary. »
3 items from 2009
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