Kaiguo dadian (The Birth of New China) (1989)





Director:     Qiankuan Li, Guiyun Xiao. 

Starring:      Guo Fazeng, Yue Gu (Mao Zedong), Kai Huang, Huaizheng Liu, Xingli Niu, Feihu Sun (Jiang Jieshi / Chiang kai-shek).

April 1949, People's Liberation Army under Mao Zedong and Zhu De take Nanjing & the KMT regime falls; Chiang Kai-Shek flees to Taiwan October 1949



Spoiler Warning:  below is a summary of just a piece of the entire film. 

Frankly, the film is too propagandistic to be a true film.  And the style is like a documentary.  Since it is a film celebrating the communist triumphs, it lists name after name, as if to insure the satisfaction of many of those who made major commitments to the triumphs.  There is nothing personal revealed as in the family dealings of the protagonist with his or her family.  In fact, there is no real protagonist in the film.  Frankly, I would rather watch a true documentary than this pseudo-documentary.  At least in a documentary, they would have maps to help describe such things as battles.  The beauty of a film as opposed to a documentary is that it allows you to get to know some of the characters so that you come to care about them and what happens to them.  So I quit watching the film and write no more about it.   

Here is some of the opening of the film to give you an idea. 


"For the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the People's Republic of China."  The introduction says that none of the feats of the various dynasties can not hope to match what Mao Zedong and his followers accomplished in 1949. 

President Chiang Kai-Shek, president of the Kuomintang, leaves the Presidential Palace, Nanking.  Vice-president Li Zongren sees him off. 

Xibaipo Village, Pinshan County, Hebei Province.  Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Mao Zedong sits at a bonfire.  With him is:

Commander-in-Chief of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, Zhu De;

Secretary-in-chief of the Central Committee of the CPC, Ren Bishi; 

Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the CPC, Chow Enlai;

Chairman of the Central Committee of the CPC, Liu Shaoqi; 

General Director of the Office of the Central Committee of the CPC, Yang Shangkun;

Mao Anying, a little girl.

At the present, the non-communist forces occupy Shijingshan Mountain, but the neighborhoods around it have been occupied by the Red Army.  The leaders have asked Chiang Kai-shek's general in the area to retreat to the south. 

Mao receives news that the Zhongyuan Field Army has occupied Suwu County and wiped out the 12th army corps of Kuomintang in Shuangduiji.   


Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.


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