A fascinating Chinese propaganda film. Not as interesting as its later prequel, Beginning of the Great Revival, but it has an intriguing depiction of the history regardless despite a similar Cliffnotes quality to the narrative. Like its counterpart, it juggles history and politics with hagiography and a parade of what seems to be every popular actor alive in China. Even Jackie Chan and Jet Li show up for awhile. I'd see it for the actors alone but the history is equally of interest.
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A major disappointment. I was a huge Edgar Wright fan. I loved all his prior work. But I can't abide this film. It feels like Disney tried to make a Michael Mann movie with all the problematic-ness that that entails. It feels like a film made by people who drive on the right side of the road when they play GTA. Everything is so pompous and phony and safe with the story being completely divorced from any kind of reality.…