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Set in the year 1911, as the Chinese public begins to revolt against the Qing Dynasty that has ruled the country for 250 years. As the child emperor takes the throne and his mother, Empress Dowager Longyu (Joan Chen), clings to power, famine sweeps the land and warring factions clash in battle. Meanwhile, the "New Army" beings targeting rebels and the desperate leaders of the Qing Dynasty begin putting the country's future at risk through rampant trading with foreign countries. When Huang Xing (Jackie Chan) returns home from studying modern warfare in Japan, he finds his homeland consumed by strife. Realizing that the only hope for the future is for China to take up arms and topple the Qing Dynasty, Huang enters into an epic battle that threatens devastating consequences for the common people.
Dexterous martial arts legend Jackie Chan reaches his 100th film milestone with this historical drama set in the year 1911. As Jackie Chan begins to age his action movies also being to fade away as well but he will always be able to have success due to his great acting ability and screen presence. Chan is of course billed as the film's star and by name I suppose he is plus the fact that he is Co-Director of the film as well but he is really only playing a supporting actor in a film that's full of very important characters.
"1911" is an historical piece so the film can be a bit confusing to some who know little to nothing about Chinese history but as complex as the story is it is told in a way that makes it very easy to follow which makes for not only an entertaining time but a bit of a history lesson as well. Heavy on drama and gun battles the film is a well-told epic that keeps you glued to the screen and engaged till the credits begin to roll.
If you're a fan of war or history related films I suggest you pick this one up or if you're just a fan of Legendary action star, Jackie Chan. Chan even has a small fight scene in the film that shows off his skills that made him famous.
The production values are what's expected from Asian cinema today, the battle scenes are realistic and intense and the cinematography is breath-taking. A fun, intense and dramatic film that is filled with wonderful performances and epic battle scenes, Chan does no disappoint and I look forward to to whatever he has coming next.
"1911" is available in multiple versions including including Single DVD, Collector's Edition Blu-ray, Collector's Edition DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Special Features are:
Languages: Mandarin, English
* Collector's Edition contains additional Bonus Material.
Released by Well Go USA
**** Out Of *****