Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
The whole idea of a modern China governed according to modern political principles and embodying the best Western standards of science and culture was exemplified and given power by the life and example of Dr. Sun Yatsen (1866-1925). Born to a Christian family in Canton, he gained a medical diploma but devoted himself to the overthrow of the Manchu (Ching/Qing) dynasty and was elected the first president of the Chinese Republic in 1911. Curiously, his work and Christian faith also made him very popular among Americans interested in "the China situation," especially such influential figures as media mogul Henry Luce. His political teachings and life work are still revered by both mainland and Taiwan Chinese. This laudatory documentary of this exemplary national hero was lavishly produced and does not explore any of the problematic areas of his life.