Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
As befits the telling of the story of perhaps the most universally beloved hero of modern-day Chinese history Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (1866-1925), this lavishly produced biographical film uses techniques culled from Chinese Opera to dramatize the great man's political history. Concentrating on the period following his rise to political prominence in 1894 until his death in 1925, the movie is couched in terms of heroes who look heroic and villains who look villainous. Huge numbers of extras and vast battle scenes dot this production, and well-known Hong Kong and Taiwan-based movie stars appear in many cameos. The title character is played so as to resemble a heroic sculpture by first-time screen actor Lam Wei-sung. Earlier the same year that this Taiwan and Hong Kong co-production was released, a mainland Chinese company released a similarly laudatory but far more naturalistic biography, entitled Dr. Sun Yatsen.