1911 (2011)



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At the beginning of the 20th century, China is in a state of crisis. The country is split into warring factions, the citizens are starving, and recent political reforms have made matters worse, not better. The ruling Qing Dynasty, led by a seven-year-old emperor, and his ruthless mother, Empress Dowager Longyu (Joan Chen) is completely out of touch after 250 years of unquestioned power. Huang Xing (Jackie Chan) has recently returned from Japan, where he has studied the art of modern warfare. When he finds his country falling apart, he feels he has no choice but to pick up the sword, leading an increasingly desperate series of violent rebellions against the powerful Qing Dynasty and the New Army- several with tragic consequences. -- (C) Official Site
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Jackie Chan
as Huang Xing
Bingbing Li
as Xu Zonghan
Lee Bing Bing
as Xu Zonghan
Winston Chao
as Sun Yat-Sen, aka Sun Wen
Joan Chen
as Empress Dowager Longyu
Jaycee Chan
as Zhang Zhenwu
Dennis Tao
as Xiong Bingkun
Jiang Wu
as Li Yuanhong
Jing Ning
as Qui Jin
Shaoqun Yu
as Wang Jingwei
Ge Hu
as Lin Juemin
Winli Jang
as Soon Ching-ling
Sun Chun
as Yuan Shikai
Li Ming Hu
as Liao Zhongkai
Wang Yanan
as Yuan Keding
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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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Globe and Mail
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Earnest and studious to a fault. Rarely has a film about upheaval felt more like a textbook.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
New York Daily News
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May be slow going for anyone not well-versed in this chapter of Chinese history.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
New York Post
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Packed with so many characters and subtitled history lessons it barely allows its excellent main cast room to maneuver.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
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What should be rousing stuff - a republic is born! the chains of feudalism thrown off! - remains a kind of lavishly illustrated history lesson.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
New York Times
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With "1911,'' art direction speaks louder than words.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
Boston Globe
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May be slow going for anyone not well-versed in this chapter of Chinese history. good but slo period pic

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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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.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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