Little Big Soldier (Da bing xiao jiang) (2011)

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It was the darkest of times in China, when ruthless warlords waged battles to satiate their endless aggression. Millions of lives perished, and those who survived had only two choices - kill or be killed. The battalions of warring states Liang and Wei collided in a bloodbath that lasted from dawn until dusk. Only two men were left standing - a foot soldier from Liang and the rival General from Wei. The Soldier survived because he is an expert in playing dead, with a device strapped on his body … More

Rating: PG-13 (for violence and action)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jackie Chan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 8, 2010
Runtime:
Bona Entertainment - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Little Big Soldier (Da bing xiao jiang)

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

Genre-benders who like their Leone-esque historical slapstick buddy-action epics with a side order of political tragedy will find much to enjoy here.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Chan puts his heart and soul into the part of Big Soldier, and it's a reminder that there is more to the actor than Hollywood cinemagoers may have witnessed.

Full Review… | August 30, 2011
The National

Amusing but, never amazing. There's no ladder twirling, conveyor belt sticking or cashier slot jumping through.

Full Review… | April 13, 2011

There is epic action and adventure in this film, to be sure, and some humour too - but it is all directed towards a conclusion whose devastating impact is not even undone by the touches of mawkishness that get us there.

Full Review… | November 2, 2010
Little White Lies

It does not, perhaps, try to do very much, but all the things it does try, it achieves with glowing perfection.

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
Antagony & Ecstasy

A better screenplay, tougher editing and less commercial direction might have made the tale more substantial and even funnier -- as it is, Chan keeps it all going.

Full Review… | October 6, 2010
This is London

Audience Reviews for Little Big Soldier (Da bing xiao jiang)

½

A cowardly conscript kidnaps the general of an opposing army and attempts the long journey back to his homeland to claim a reward and leave the life soldiering behind. Little Big Soldier is one of those "two characters from each end of the social spectrum learn life lessons from one another" type films and is essentially a martial arts road movie containing Jackie Chan's usual blend of high kicking Kung Fu and slapstick comedy. It's a little more serious than most and spends a little too long in places staring at its own navel although some quality fight sequences embellished by attractive photography and production design stave off boredom for the most part. Unfortunately its meandering script is both contrived and uneven and the dialogue (at least the English translation anyway) is stilted and clumsy. Chan is always watchable but the anti-war message the film seems so desperate to convey is unfocussed and the comic relief just doesn't work. As a whole Little Big Soldier is very nice to look at but ultimately feels sloppy and lacking in the kind of narrative momentum required to maintain the interest.

garyX
xGary Xx

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Comedic, fun, entertaining, and sad all at the same time. Very well done!!

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

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Jackie Chan has become what Steven Sequll and Val Kilmer are one role actors and this film is no different. Jackie role in all his films are the same a fast acting stunt man with a few comic lines. 3 stars

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Bruce Bruce

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