The Founding of an Army

Synopsis: The foundation of CCP army in 1927, Nanchang, Jiangxi Province.
Genre: History
Director(s): Wai-Keung Lau
  2 nominations.
133 min


For thousands of years China was

a first class world power.

Why has China declined

to such a degree?

Because we, the Chinese people, have been asleep.

Down with the military government!

No disarming! No surrender!

Protect the Shanghai worker's movement!

Down with the warlords!

Down with the military government!

No disarming! No surrender!

Protect the Shanghai worker's movement!

Down with the warlords!

Down with the military government!

No disarming! No surrender!

Protect the Shanghai worker's movement!

Down with the warlords!

Down with the military government!

No disarming! No surrender!

Move! This is a peaceful demonstration!

What are you doing?

Why would you shoot at us?

This is a peaceful demonstration!



Director Zhou!

Si Li!

Am I, Zhou Enlai, being the target?

No way.

The situation is not safe.

My brother said your safety must be guaranteed.

This way.

Where is Mr. Du?

He has been waiting a long time for you inside.

I'm three minutes early.

The worker's militia was sent by the trade association.

Today the workers have guns.

Tomorrow the peasants will want guns too.

What good is the army?

The worker's uprising overthrew

the Beiyang government in Shanghai

and should be credited for the revolution!

I am a soldier

and it is my duty to obey commands.

Was the command from Wang Jingwei?


Then from whom?

I will say it one more time.

Apologize to us

and return the worker's militia's guns.

These are our two basic conditions.

This speech,

I'm afraid, shouldn't come from me.

Then who on earth should it come from?

Some things must be stated clearly!

You can't become president

of the Shangai Labor Union anymore.

Come and work for me

and I'll give you a few bars of gold every month

to feed your family.

You should know well

what kind of man I am.

I do. I do know.

You got rid of the Beiyang government in Shanghai

with just a few battered rifles.

Your whole life is ahead of you

and your potential is limitless.

Please wait.

This is what you get

for harboring the worker's militia!

Wang Shouhua,

I have the utmost respect for you.

So please, you must take this cup of wine.

First, a toast to your good self.

Second, a toast to your faith.

Third, a toast to your perseverance.

Chop them up!

You commie! Write something now!

I asked you to write something!

I, Zhou Enlai, am never leery of my friends.

Si Lie...

You can stop now; it's not too late.

I have no authority or influence here.

Back when you sent your brother

to the Huangpu Military Academy,

we recited Dr. Sun Yat-sen's admonition together.

Do you remember?

The Three Principles of the People.

"Our aim shall be:

To found a free land,

World peace, be our stand.

Lead on, comrades,

Vanguards ye are.

Hold fast your aim,

By sun and star."

You wept then.

But less than 3 years later

you've turned your back on your beliefs.

Toppling the foreign powers in China,

uniting the entire country,

and rebuilding the republic.

These are the lifelong ideals of Dr. Sun.

But you've turned your gun on your brother

before the Northern Expedition has even finished.

That was not my intention at all.

I've told you. I am a soldier

and I follow orders.

Orders from whom?

The Nationalist Government in Wuhan,

the Beiyang Government in Beiping

or the Nanjing Military Government

Chiang Kai-shek wants to found?

Three governments in one country

and you say the country's not splitting?

You still say it's not a betrayal to Dr. Sun?

Chairman Wang Jingwei

and General Secretary Chen Duxiu

issued a joint statement calling for strength,

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