Year Released: 2009
Main Stars: Tang Guoquiang, Zhang Guoli and a host of Chinese stars for about a minute each including Jackie Chan, Jet Li, etc.
Last watched: February 2013
Review Date: February 2013
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD
Forget the hype around the stars, they are just one minute attractions and not actually the main actors as those are mostly unknowns.
All acting and photography looked fine to me when I got a chance to watch but I (again) had problems reading the fast moving subtitles and the extra texts as well as keeping up with the visuals. Part of this is my fault for not speaking Cantonese (or Mandarin?) but part is this Chinese method of subtitling and throwing info over these historical epics. I’ve only seen this before in 1911, the complimentary tale.
Although I had a hard time with the first half as it was very much a party politics to-and-fro, the second part and indeed the history itself was enjoyable, even though there’s definately a large helping of very obvious Mao propoganda – he romps in flowers with his kids, ‘they’ always meet in dark, military rooms with anger.
Me and my wife watched this one about two days after watching 1911 and these are our first ventures into Chinese history. As such, the effort has been worth while. As films, both are not my cup of tea and I wouldn’t watch these again.
Watch if on TV?
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Avoid unless you know Chinese history.