A poster of the film "The Founding of a Party" ("Jian Dang Wei Ye") [Photo: yule.sohu.com]
"The Founding of a Party", the all-star historical epic that pays tribute to the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of China, will hit local cinemas on June 15, Sohu.com reports.
The release will come two weeks prior to the July 1 anniversary celebrations. Previous reports said the film would be available in both regular and IMAX formats.
Some of the movie’s 100-plus celebrity cast members joined co-director Han Sanping on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 in Beijing to release four posters of the movie.
Liu Ye, who plays Mao Zedong in the film, told the media about the pressure he was under in portraying the role, but credited makeup artists for increasing his confidence in making him look like Mao.
The 140-minute film features A-list actors fleshing out a long list of historical figures, among them Chow Yun-Fat (as Yuan Shikai), Chen Kun (as Zhou Enlai), Chang Chen (as Chiang Kai-shek), Dong Jie (as Soong Ching-ling), Andy Lau (as Cai E), and Tang Wei (as Tao Yi).
Compared to the film "The Founding of a Republic", Han’s 2009 extravaganza which also featured a similar cast scale, the co-director said that the new film would be "much better" in terms of plots and scenes.