Li, Chan star in 'Founding' film

China Film Group head produces, directs anniversary project

BEIJING -- Top Chinese and Hong Kong actors will appear in a film depicting the founding of the People's Republic of China, China Film Group head Han Sanping said at a press conference this week.

"The Great Cause of the Country's Founding" ("Jian Guo Da Ye"), also directed by Han, will star Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Tang Guoqiang and Zhang Guoli.

The film focuses on the Chinese Civil War from 1945 to 1949, and is set for release in China on Sept. 17, and Hong Kong around Sept. 20. It may also get a screening in Taiwan, thanks to the recent warming in ties between the two sides.

China celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, under the Chinese Communist Party, on October 1 this year.