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The true story behind a memorable day in Chinese history is brought to the screen in this historical drama from director Ye Daying. It's 1949, in the wake of the Chinese Revolution, and Chairman Mao Tse-Tung has decided the founding ceremonies for the new People's Republic of China will be held on October 1, in the square facing the historic Tian An Men gate. Capt. Tian Zhenying (Pan Yueming) is the leader of a theater design group affiliated with the People's Liberation Army, and he and his charges are given the assignment of designing and executing the staging for the event. However, they have only a month to complete the work, and after seeing the gate and the square first hand, Zhenying and his company realize how difficult the project will be -- the gate, over three centuries old, is in need of restoration, the square is overgrown with weeds, and the river nearby is filthy. For Zhenying and his team, the project is a tremendous challenge and a comedy of errors; when they decide on red banners for the ceremony, they discover red dye is all but impossible to find, and after coming up with an idea using Chinese lanterns, they track down a man who can make the lanterns but doesn't seem to understand the size or importance of his assignment. Created to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Tian An Men received its North American premiere at the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi