All-Star Epic, “BEGINNING OF THE GREAT REVIVAL,” Debuts Day-Date on VOD, Digital and DVD on January 24, Following Theatrical Release in China, U.S. and Canada



Historical Account of China’s Revolution Stars Chow Yun-Fat, Andy Lau and Liu Ye


December 20, 2011 – New York, New York – A companion piece to The Founding of a Republic, BEGINNING OF THE GREAT REVIVAL details the historic events surrounding what is referred to as the Chinese Revolution, the period from 1911 to 1921, when Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty and planted the roots of what has become today’s Chinese Communist government.


BEGINNING OF THE GREAT REVIVAL, co-directed by Jianxin Huang and Sanping Han, charts the beginnings of the country’s most influential first-generation leaders, including ambitious warlord Yuan Shikai (Chow Yun-Fat, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), who undertakes an attempt to revive the Chinese monarchy, Tsai Ao, the pro-Republic governor of Yunnan (Andy Lau, Infernal Affairs), and Mao Zedong (Liu Ye, Curse of the Golden

Flower).  The film also stars Daoming Chen (Hero, Aftershock), Angela Yeung Wing (Love in Space), Daniel Wu (Protégé), John Woo (Director, Mission: Impossible II).

Releasing on Cable VOD, digital platforms and DVD for the first time in North America day-and-date on January 24, BEGINNING OF THE GREAT REVIVAL opened in more than 23 theaters in the U.S. and Canada in June 2011, timed to the 90th anniversary of the birth of the Communist Party of China.

SRP: $26.95 US; $29.95 CAN
Runtime: 124 minutes
Rating: NR
Catalog #: NNVG254520

Language: Mandarin, with Chinese and English subtitles
Color: Color
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Genre: World Cinema

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About China Lion
China Lion Film Distribution specialize in the distribution of Chinese language films and entertainment outside Asia. Its shareholders include founding partners Jiang Yanming (President),  Milt Barlow (CEO) and leading Chinese film studios Huayi Brothers Media Corporation and  Bona Film Group Ltd . China Lion has an exclusive exhibition agreement with AMC in the U.S. and Toronto.  China Lion aims to release the best of pan-Asian language films and wherever possible, seek to release day-and-date with mainland China and Asia. China Lion has offices in Los Angeles, Toronto, Beijing, Sydney and Auckland.

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