Red art comes in multiple forms
Chinese movie stars gathered on Wednesday for the premier of the ambitious movie Beginning of the Great Revival, which depicts historical events that occurred between the 1911 revolution that overthrew imperial rule in China and the establishment of the Communist Party of China on July 1, 1921.
Featuring many of the most famous actors in the industry, Beginning of the Great Revival is among the 28 films that have been made recently in honor of the Party’s 90th anniversary. All of them are to begin appearing on movie screens some time in mid-June.
Speaking at a news conference, the director of the film, Han Sanping, said his latest work is better than The Founding of a Republic, a 2009 movie marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
More than 100 Chinese movie stars agreed to forgo being paid for their work in the film, which depicts events that occurred between 1945, when the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression was raging, and the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. The movie made 420 million yuan ($64.76 million) at the box office.