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Beginning of the Great Revival (2011)

Jian dang wei ye (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 24 June 2011 (USA)
A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.


Sanping Han (co-director), Jianxin Huang (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Bingbing Fan ... Empress Dowager Longyu
John Woo ... Lin Sen
Yun-Fat Chow ... Yuan Shikai
Daniel Wu ... Hu Shi
Angelababy ... Xiao Fengxian
Andy Lau ... Cai E
Yang Yang ... Yang Kaizhi
Xun Zhou ... Wang Huiwu
Shengyi Huang ... Female Soldier (as Eva Huang)
Simon Yam ... Zhang Jian
Kun Chen ... Zhou Enlai
Leehom Wang ... Lo Chia-lun
Tao Liu ... Imperial Consort Jin
Chao Deng ... Chen Yi
Hanyu Zhang ... Song Jiaoren


A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.

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Not so bad...
21 September 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE GREAT REVIVAL is a lively retelling of early 20th century China, a tumultuous period where the old ways and the new ways collided and many factions seemed to continually war with each other in a bid for power. It's a complex and sometimes epic-feeling production, so I'm surprised to see it rated so low here on the IMDb.

I suspect the reason is that it's a blatant piece of propaganda, with Mao Zedong portrayed as a crusading hero; the story stops before the later troubles that surrounded his career. Now, I'm not bothered by watching propaganda films; I've seen plenty of North Korean efforts and, let's be honest, America makes their own share of flag-waving guff. Propaganda alone isn't a reason to rate a film down.

THE GREAT REVIVAL isn't a perfect film and anybody trying to keep track of all the main characters will soon be scratching their heads in puzzlement. Still, it's an expansive and expensive-looking production, and it's never boring even if some of the material seems extraneous or glossed over too quickly. The stuff with the students riots is particularly watchable, and spotting all of the familiar faces from Chow Yun-Fat to Daniel Wu, Fan Bingbing, Andy Lau, Simon Yam, and even John Woo, is a delight in itself.

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Release Date:

24 June 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,866, 26 June 2011

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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