Little Big Soldier (Da bing xiao jiang)

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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 which protruded like an arrowhead for added realism. The Soldier captured the wounded General, hoping to use the enemy as his ticket to freedom - by handing the General to the Liang warlord, the Soldier could be honorably discharged and return home to his peaceful life. The young General, though taken captive, was condescending towards the Soldier. The two men were often at loggerheads during the long and winding journey.

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

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

  • 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.

    Nov 2, 2010
  • 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.

    Oct 6, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Sep 30, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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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.

    Sep 29, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 30, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Amusing but, never amazing. There's no ladder twirling, conveyor belt sticking or cashier slot jumping through.

    Apr 13, 2011 | Full Review…

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

  • Sep 02, 2017
    Excellent. This is Chan's best work. Epic adventure, spectacular fights, some humor that seems natural, an unexpected ending. I loved it.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2013
    A typical Jackie Chan film, but set in ancient China. Little Big Soldier is a buddy martial arts comedy that is interesting and well written.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2012
    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.
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2012
    Comedic, fun, entertaining, and sad all at the same time. Very well done!!
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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