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Epic story gets star-studded treatment

AN epic movie to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China is set to open next Wednesday.

The film is known by the English title "Beginning of the Great Revival." It traces a time well-known to most Chinese: the fall of the last imperial dynasty in 1911 until the founding of the Party in 1921.

The movie will show on most of the country's 6,000 screens. It is expected to draw about 300 million people over its run.

"We're expecting a great turnout, especially with it being summer," said Gao Jun, deputy general manager of Chinese theater operator New Film Association.

The movie features many of the Chinese film industry's biggest names - including Chow Yun-fat, Fan Bingbing and John Woo.

The makers of the "Great Revival" are following the successful formula used for an earlier epic "The Founding of a Republic."

That 2009 movie marked the 60th anniversary of the formation of the People's Republic of China.

It took 415 million yuan (US$61 million) at the box office.

One star who won't appear in the new movie is Tang Wei, who was left out of the final cut.

Tang was slated to play the first love of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong, but there are rumors she is suffering a backlash for playing a traitor in spy thriller "Lust, Caution."

Gao said Tang was cut because historians questioned the accuracy of her character in the "Great Revival."


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