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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

Nov 8, 2010

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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.

September 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

August 30, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

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

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Screen Junkies | Comments (2)

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.

November 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

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

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comment (1)
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.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Jackie Chan came up with this story of a peasant capturing a highranking general some 20 years ago, but it's taken all this time for the project to be realised. Boy was it worth the wait.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It lacks the visual oomph of Hero, but sure knocks Chan's recent Spy Next Door on its sorry arse.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Jackie Chan has made plenty of cracking films in his native tongue, but Little Big Soldier, a rambunctiously tragicomic martial epic set during China's Warring States period, is regrettably not one of them.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Now 56, having broken pretty much every bone in his body, [Chan] sits out some of the rough stuff, and there is a noticeable twilight mood in the air.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

[A] breezy romp that offers Jackie Chan one of his more memorable recent roles.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's the action sequences, including a splendid scene when Chan mounts an ox to rescue his reluctant partner, that will keep audiences thrilled.

September 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Watchable Chinese action drama with a likeable performance from Jackie Chan and some energetic fight scenes, though it's let down by a rather simplistic plot and doesn't quite land the emotional punch it's aiming for.

September 29, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

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

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.
October 30, 2012
xGary Xx

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Comedic, fun, entertaining, and sad all at the same time. Very well done!!
June 19, 2012

Super Reviewer

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
April 4, 2012
Bruce Bruce

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i loved this movie. chan is funny and charming, his character is likable and believable, and the storyline is original and satisfying. a total surprise, i will watch this film many times i know. a heartbreaking film that still leaves you feeling good in the end.
September 13, 2011
danny d

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