The degeneration of socialism and the policies for the republic as set by the founder of the republic Sun yet Sen was at an all-time low (Wu, 2014). The problems in this time were that KMT was increasingly gaining opposition from the people. In many ways KMT was leading to its own degeneration and this aspect is captured in the movie. The movie shows this in simple dialogue delivery. However, this is a carefully observed truth if one was to read the history of the Chinese Civil war. The leaders as portrayed in the character representation have been chosen for the likeness that they share. The actor portraying Mao is one that shows an intellectual appearance and similarly Chiang is also presented as a powerful person, who is also intelligent. He is intelligent enough to appreciate that he is slowly losing the game to Mao Zedong. The movie attempts to humanize the characters. What a reader might appreciate when reading a book or literature on the leaders is that of the concept. The readers can understand political ideologies and more. In fact, they are moved to construct the individual from these ideologies. However, in the movie, one is able to appreciate the person or the human behind the leader.
This is apparent in the ways the bombing of the hideout of Mao is shown. The ruthlessness of individuals such as the son of the leader of the KMT, the KMT officers and more are presented in their time. Only when watching the movie, one is able to appreciate the authority that goes with these officers.The movie is also supported with some elements from contemporary history. In Asian studies, we learn history and understand the impacts and its relevance to the contemporary times. This is an interesting perspective that has been taken in the movie. The credits portray contemporary China and incidents of contemporary China. In addition, the movie also makes use of primary sources. The nature of any historical writing is that it must be rooted in the facts of the times. In this movie, the documentary footage method has been used to present some primary evidence. The rally in Tiananmen Square (Oct. 1, 1949) is presented. This was when the PRC was declared as having been found by the Communist party leader Mao. However, overuse of documentary has been avoided as this would make the movie more documentary style. They have been used sparingly only to support some of the main event captures made in the movie.