A Chinese propaganda film without the heavy dogma and dour treatment that would have been expected a generation ago, Beginning of the Great Revival is a slick and lavish historical epic charting the 1921 formation of the Chinese Communist Party.
Beginning of the Great Revival is muddled, all right, but it's the helter-skelter speed at which it ticks off names and incidents, both in hopelessly confused action and on-screen text, that seems nearly unprecedented.
There hasn't been such an egregiously self-congratulating piece of Communist propaganda since, arguably, the peak of '60s Soviet musicals, but Revival is so repetitive and po-faced that there's no kitsch value to be had.
Anhui Film Group,
Beijing Hualu Baina Film & TV,
Beijing Municipal Bureau of Radio, Film and Television,
Beijing Municipal Committees of the CPPCC,
Beijing Poly-bona Film Distribution Company,
Beijing Xinbaoyuan Movie & TV Investment,
China Film Group Corporation (CFGC),
China Movie Channel,
Emperor Classic Films,
Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation,
Liaoning North Media Group,
Media Asia Films,
Shanghai Film Studios,
Shanghai Joy Pictures,
Xi'an Qujiang Dreamgarden Pictures,
Zoke Culture Group