A Chinese movie
Although the film premiered on September 17th, 2009 in People's Republic of China, it has yet to be heard of in Taiwan. While the government has asserted that it has no plans to actively censor the film, it will not be released until next year at earliest because of the quota for 10 mainland films has already been fulfilled.
The film retells the tale of the Communist ascendancy and triumph, and has a star-studded cast including Andy Lau, Ge You, Hu Jun, Leon Lai, Zhang Ziyi, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and directors Jiang Wen, Chen Kaige and John Woo, many of whom make cameo appearances so brief they could be easily missed; the leading roles — such as that of revolutionary leader Mao Zedong — are played by actors equally renowned within China but less well-known internationally. A CFG spokesman said many stars answered Han Sanping's call to appear in the film, and waived their fee. Thus, the movie kept to its modest budget of 60–70 million yuan (US$8.8–$10 million). According to the executive at one of China's top multiplex chains, the film unusually marries "the core of an 'ethically inspiring' film" — code for propaganda films, according to the Associated Press — "with commercial packaging."