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Rated R · 125 minutes · 2011
Another side of Jackie Chan. The veteran Hong Kong megastar plays a straight dramatic role, as a supporting character, in the true-ish story of one of China's most tumultuous and violent eras, the creation of the Chinese Republic by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (well played by Winston Chao). Forward-thinking politician Sun and his ally, soldier Huang Xing (Chan), have their hands full. The crumbling, effete Qing Dynasty, led by the Dowager Empress Longyu (Joan Chen, also good) and her seven-year-old son — this film dovetails with Bertolucci's The Last Emperor — opposes the future with a battalion of corrupt imperial lords, turncoats, and spies as well as an army. Jackie fights them all, mostly with a rifle — the aging martial arts hero allows himself only one quick kung-fu punch-out scene. Events pile up on each other quickly, and there's a rougher edge to Chan and co-director Zhang Li's (Red Cliff) film than in most Chinese historical epics. That is, it more resembles Samuel Fuller than David Lean — a definite plus, but at two full hours the pace drags in the final quarter. 1911 not only celebrates the centenary of Dr. Sun's democratic revolution, it's the 57-year-old Chan's 100th film. Costars include Li Bingbing and Wang Ziwen. (125 min.)
Official Site: www.1911movie.com
Director: Jackie Chan and Li Zhang
Producer: Jackie Chan
Cast: Jackie Chan, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Joan Chen, Jaycee Chan, Yu-Hang To, Wu Jiang, Wenli Jiang, Jing Ning, Shaoqun Yu, Chun Sun, Ge Hu, Ya'nan Wang and Ming Hu

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