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as Huang Xing
as Xu Zonghan
as Xu Zonghan
as Sun Yat-Sen, aka Sun Wen
as Empress Dowager Longyu
as Zhang Zhenwu
as Xiong Bingkun
as Li Yuanhong
as Qui Jin
as Wang Jingwei
as Lin Juemin
as Soon Ching-ling
as Yuan Shikai
as Liao Zhongkai
as Yuan Keding
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Critic Reviews for 1911
The Revolution will not be televised, Gil Scott-Heron once sang. Nor should it be filmed, we might add -- at least not as a costume drama with stirring speeches, an inspirational love story and gloriously heroic military charges.
Earnest and studious to a fault. Rarely has a film about upheaval felt more like a textbook.
May be slow going for anyone not well-versed in this chapter of Chinese history.
Packed with so many characters and subtitled history lessons it barely allows its excellent main cast room to maneuver.
What should be rousing stuff - a republic is born! the chains of feudalism thrown off! - remains a kind of lavishly illustrated history lesson.
Audience Reviews for 1911
May be slow going for anyone not well-versed in this chapter of Chinese history. good but slo period pic
Co-directed by and featuring Jackie Chan (in what was apparently his 100th film), this is a sweeping historical epic about the 1911 Revolution, released during the event's centennial anniversary. In the early 20th Century, China was in a state of turmoil. There's all kinds of poverty, social unrest, and recent reforms that were designed to help, have instead made matter worse. The ruling Qing Dynasty, at that time led by a 7 year-old emperor and his ruthless mother, are greatly out of touch. The power of this dynasty had been unquestioned for about 250 years, but right around the end of the first decade of the 20th Century, the tide began to turn, and a revolution to overthrow the old regime began to rise. And this is the story of that revolution. The basic leader of the revolution is Huang Xing (Jackie Chan). He returns to China after spending time in Japan studying modern warfare. And, after seeing the sorry state his country is in, he feels no choice but to revolt, using his newly acquired skills and knowledge. I really wanted to like this. It looked immense and epic and thrilling, and I'm almost always down for a historical drama. The film is supposed to have a run time of 125 minutes. For whatever reason, the version I saw was only 99 minutes. There's some deleted scenes on the DVD that would help beef up the run time, but even then, I feel like there's a lot missing. And for what is supposed to be an epic, it feels like anything but. It feels rushed, and that's not good for a film about a complex and important event. Some context is given for the big players, major events, and all that, but all of the title cards are written in extremely tiny font, and flash by the screen all too quickly. Another bad sign. The film is apparently relatively faithful to the actual events in terms of portraying how it all went down, and the period details are quite nice. The film was given support by the Chinese government, but at the same time, the film cuts out some of the more sensitive and less flattering material that led to the revolution. What I'm trying to say is that this is a condensed, neutered, half-assed film that is worse than it should be. Like I said though, the period details, sets, costumes, etc. look great, and there are some decently done action scenes with good effects. It just makes me mad that you need a lot of prior knowledge (and/or excellent vision) to really figure out and appreciate what is going on here. Chan downplays his usual shtick, and the results are pretty strong. Joan Chen is also decent as the Empress Dowager. Everyone else though just kinda exists and does only as much as they're required. It also doesn't help that I struggled to care or get invested. All in all, I'm unfortunately not impressed. This was a real let down. It has it's moments, but they're too few and far between for me to give this a higher rating.
Jackie Chan presents 1911, a gripping historical drama that explores an interesting chapter in world history. At the turn of the century China stands on the brink of revolution, as nationalist rebels work to overthrow the Qing Dynasty and establish a Republic. Jackie Chan, Winston Chao, and Lee Bing Bing all give good performances and create compelling characters. However, there are a few problems with the storytelling and with the transitions between the various character stories. But overall, 1911 is a solid, gritty war drama with a riveting story.
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