The Founding of a Republic

Original Title: 建国大业
Directed by: Han Sanping, Huang Jianxin
Written by: Wang Xingdong, Chen Baoguang
Cinematography: Zhao Xiaoshi
Music by: Shu Nan
Country: China
Genres: Drama, History, War
Duration: 138 min
Release Date: 17 September 2009 (China)
Filming Dates: February 2009 – June 2009
Filming Locations: China (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Nanjing)

Epic in scope and even grander in its ambitions, director Jianxin Huang’s stirring film attempts to capture the sweeping story of the founding of one of the most powerful nations on earth: the People’s Republic of China. Featuring surprising performances from some of China’s most renowned superstars, including Jackie Chan, Jet Li and even director John Woo in a rare acting appearance, this is historical filmmaking at its most awe-inspiring.


Tang Guoqiang
Mao Zedong

Zhang Guoli
Chiang Kai-shek

Qing Xu
Song Ching-ling

Chen Kun
Chiang Ching-kuo

Zhang Ziyi
Shang Qinqin

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• The film was made to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party founding of China. The film boasts the most number of China’s movie stars in one film. Many of the top stars were invited to star as leads, supporting characters, or just cameo in the film, reportedly including some of the top Chinese stars like ‘Jackie Chan’ and Jet Li, who only have one shot or one line in the film. —IMDb
• Ziyi was originally supposed to get the role played by Zhao Wei. She portrays Gong Peng, the PRC Foreign Affairs Ministry official. She shot her scene on June 2nd, 2009.

Awards and Nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Result
2009 Golden Phoenix Awards Special Jury Prize Zhao Wei Won
2009 Macau Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Qing Xu Nominated
2010 Hong Kong Film Awards Best Asian Film Nominated
2010 Beijing Student Film Festival Best Actor Chen Kun Nominated
2010 Changchun Film Festival Best Film Won
2010 Hundred Flowers Awards Best Film Won
Best Actor Zhang Guoli Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Qing Xu Won
Best Director Jianxin Huang Nominated
2010 Iron Elephant Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Vivian Wu Nominated
2011 Huading Film Awards Best Picture Won
2011 Huabiao Film Awards Best Director Huang Jianxin Won
Best Music Shu Nan Won