“The Last Supper” trailer link [w/o Eng subs]: http://movie.mtime.com/122227/trailer/37979.html
Stills link, also includes trailer video (but reduced in size compared to above): http://news.mtime.com/pix/2012/03/27/203019.html
Period political drama
Directed by Han Sanping (韓三平), Huang Jianxin (黃建新)
By Derek Elley
Wed, 15 June 2011
…For foreign viewers unacquainted with the complex ins-and-outs of the period, the movie will take some following, though the history has been cleverly compressed and sticks pretty closely to events, allowing for some cinematic licence. To its credit, there is some time spent on how the CCP groped its way towards a unified political stance, flirting with and then rejecting other revolutionary and communist models to finally come up with one that suited the Chinese (rather than European or Russian) experience…
…here, even more than in Republic, the film comes up with several jaw-dropping setpieces between the political stuff. The 10-minute sequence of the 4 May Movement protests is true big-screen cinema, a New Year sequence featuring Mao and his second wife in Beijing has a fairytale atmosphere, and the staging of the actual CCP founding (by a dozen characters on a boat in a lake) is genuinely inspired in movie terms, with actress Zhou used in an almost mystical way.
Though the film as a whole is not so grand in scope as Republic, production values are a notch better…some actual B&W documentary footage is included, but relatively little this time round.
Rated 7 out of 10
Excerpted / edited by Zuo Shou
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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.
By Stephen Cremin
Thu, 17 March 2011
Lu Chuan (陸川) quietly started production on his new film, historical drama The Last Supper (王的盛宴), on Wednesday 9 March on the outskirts of Beijing. The film’s international title was only decided today.
Supper is the story of two warring generals, Liu Bang and Xiang Yu, who fought for control of China at the end of the Qin Dynsasty. The film’s title refers to the legendary “Feast at Hong Gate” in 206BC, when Xiang invited Liu to a banquet intending to assassinate him.
The film stars Liu Ye (劉燁) as Liu Bang and Daniel Wu (吳彥祖) as Xiang Yu. Chang Chen (張震) will play the role of another historical figure, Han Xin. Actresses in the film include Qin Lan (秦岚) and Mini Yang (楊冪) with popular comedienne Yan Ni (閆妮) also expected to join the cast.
Lu’s most recent film [was] City of Life and Death (南京! 南京)…In release in China, the controversial film set during the Nanjing Massacre made RMB172 million ($26 million) in cinemas.
Full article link here. Article’s original title: “Lu dishes up Supper”
September 1, 2010
A press conference for the CPC anniversary film “Jian Dang Wei Ye” was held in Beijing on Wednesday, September 1st, to reveal its partial list of actors, according to the production company, China Film Group Corporation.
Tang Wei, the leading actress from Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution”, will play Tao Yi. Tao was known as one of the “Zhounan Three Elitists” along with Xiang Jingyu and Cai Chang at Zhounan Girl’s Normal School in Changsha. Fan Zhibo and Dong Xuan will portray the other two “elitists.”
Huang Jue will portray Li Da, the representative of the first National Congress of the Communist Party of China (NCCPC). While Zhou Xun, best actress from the Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Awards, will play Wang Huiwu, Li’s wife. This is the second time for Zhou and Huang to act as a couple since the romantic film “Baobei in Love” in 2004.
Another couple, Chen Gongbo and his wife Li Maizhuang, will be portrayed by Tong Ruixin and Hong Kong actress Michelle Ye.
Director He Ping will also join the cast as He Shuheng, another representative of the first NCCPC, and will collaborate with Liu Ye who will portray a young Mao Zedong. “Not only my family name is the same as the character, but you can look at his photos, and I nearly was his special type cast,” said He.
August 19, 2010
Chinese actor Liu Ye will act as the young Mao Zedong in the Communist Party of China (CPC) anniversary film ‘Jian Dang Wei Ye’ [The Founding of the Party]. The film began shooting on August 18 in Beijing, M1905.com reports.
Liu said his French wife Anais Martane was the first person to mention that he has similar facial features to Mao Zedong, and recommended him to the directors Han Sanping and Huang Jianxin.
The directors were both confident about their choice after Liu was put in makeup.
The Communist Party of China was founded on July 1, 1921. The film tells the story of several historic characters and events related to the founding of the party between 1911 and 1921.
‘Jian Dang Wei Ye’ will be shot in five months and open in 2011.
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The film project “Waiting”, which director Peter Chan has been trying to get off the ground for 10 years, was sent to the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) for approval on Monday (July 12th). Chinese actor Liu Ye will star in the leading role.
The film is adapted from the novel “Waiting” by contemporary Chinese-American author Ha Jin. The novel is based on a real-life story the author heard about when he came back to China with his wife.
During the early 1960’s, a young country man by the name of Kong Lin is accepted to the Shenyang military medical college. Under heavy pressure, he obeys his parents and marries Shuyu while at school. After their marriage they have to live apart because of the school’s rules.
After he graduates he works for a military hospital in Muji City where he falls in love with a nurse named Manna Wu. However, his wife refuses to sign the divorce agreement. Furthermore, affairs between military personnel are strictly forbidden, and men and women are not even allowed to walk together outside the compound.
After waiting for 20 years, they finally get a certificate of marriage. The book was published in 1999, and won the National Book Award the same year.
It sounds like Gabriel García Márquez’s classical work “Love in the Time of Cholera,” but the difference with Ha Jin’s novel is that it depicts a strong but subtle Chinese-style love.
Director Peter Chan originally wanted to bring this story to the big screen in 2001. But due to a variety of reasons, it is still in the preparatory stages.
Liu Ye, Golden Horse Award winner, will play the leading male character Kong Lin. He is a favorite of the director’s due to his acting skills and look. His hometown of Jilin province also matches the character’s background.
The two leading female roles might be taken by Chinese actresses Zhou Xun and Fan Bingbing.
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