"For the Communist Party, the film may be delivering an unanticipated message. The film lauds a popular uprising, even as contemporary party leaders systematically censor pro-democracy messages. Many online commentators said they were inspired by the movie's depiction of the overthrow of the Guomindang's one-party regime--drawing a parallel with the current leaders, according to Global Voices Online.
Ironically, in one of "Revival's" most stirring moments, actor Liu Ye in the role of Communist leader Mao Zedong passionately protests the 1919 shutdown of a Hunan newspaper. The closure was intended to obstruct reporting of Hunan warlord Zhang Jingyao's atrocities against people in Mao's hometown, according to historian Edward McCord. Through its own propaganda, the party is unwittingly highlighting its oppressive media restrictions."China censors reaction to star-studded propaganda film - Blog - Committee to Protect Journalists
The desperate efforts of the Chinese Government to manipulation the free expression of its citizens is becoming increasingly pathetic. The Chinese people aren't happy and trying to suppress this discontent is like like trying to pump water out of the Titanic.