A movie to never be forgotten. Instant Classic of Cinema. (by kspaziani)
Excellence is too easy a term to describe the brilliant film Mr. Chan has put together. As a life long fan I have followed his progression and regression in the states aside from a few good films such as the Shanghai Noon and Knights movies, along with Karate Kid, Around the World in 80 days gets a big nod for having Sammo Hung along with Andy Lau Donnie Yen was in a movie along with an actor that is tied with Jackie Chan as my favorite... Tony Leung Ka-Fai. - It was called Assasians and Bodyguards. That movie pretty much sets up the scene for 1911 pocket watches and all you'll see <more>
plenty of pocket watches in this film, thats for sure. I suggest watching it for more background on who Dr. Sun is and why he is so important to the revolution as A&B takes place in 1906.Lets skip ahead 5 years to 1911, The country is in Chaos, the rebels good guys! are being slaughtered but taking out the enemy for the cause to gain Nationalism and end the evil Qing Dynasty. - No propaganda is used in the film which surprised me, I sat in a theater in Hong Kong to loud "AHHH" "Ohhh" "OH MY GOD" "WOW" even some women crying. by the end a standing ovation occurred and I was floored by what I had experienced.Jackie Chan's labor of love, and wallet as he spent 30 Million American Dollars of his own money to fund this movie, pays off in the biggest way possible, by making an instant classic. by the FIRST 2 minutes you know the movie is going to be brutally epic and heart tearingly painful, in a gorgeous way. The movie moves into action very quickly, and Jackie Chan's role as the 8 fingered general is so very well suited, a very important historical figure but not as important as Winston Chao's Dr. Sun, the leader and idealist / strategist of the rebellion, Thus they share screen time 50/50, although the most shining moments in action and drama are with Jackie - Soaked in blood unloading endless hail of bullets to a nice kung-fu realism scene. This movie has something for everyone that has an interest in War, Drama, even Romance.This is an instant classic, an easy 10 out of 10. I'd probably give it a 99%/100% if I had to rate it, only a point off due to wishing the movie added an extra 20-25 minutes 5 more of the amazing action that engulfs the film already, and another 20 minutes of more character development during the warfare; but don't get me wrong at 2 hours everything you need to know and will need to know is given.. and the performances are to die for. Hong Kong Film Assoc. will most certainly give Jackie the Movie of the year, I hope they give him Actor of the year as he deserves it along with Director split award . Perhaps Bing BIng Lee as best supporting actress and Winston Chao as best supporting actor.Go see this. Now.
10/10 from Promotional Screening. Jackie is at his acting best, directing best, and the most violent and dramatic film of his career. (by windkun)
I've been excited for Jackie Chan's 100th movie for quite some time, initially I thought it would be the currently being filmed Armour of God 3: Zodiac His Final "Kung Fu Super Stunt" Film , was depressed when I saw it was not. Then I began to see photos of 1911 and read up on the pre-production notes, and to me any Jackie Chan film is an amazing film - His track record in HK lately has been A-A+.--100th Jackie Chan Movie: Check --100th Anniversary of the Chinese Revolution: Check--Star Studded Cast of Jackie Chan, His son; Jaycee Chan, Lee Bing Bing, Winston Chao, and 70 <more>
famous HK actors even in small soldier roles that don't even get a speaking line?: Check--30 Million USD Budget: Check 30 Million just for filming, no CGI all real explosions . --War scenes that stand next to Saving Private Ryan: Check--Kung Fu / Fight Scenes: Check One scene of which Jackie faces 6 men realistically --Incredible Directing and Cinematography: Check --Incredible Performances by all Actors: CheckI shall not ruin anything, but the first 20 minutes of this 2 hour long movie are filled with about 15 minutes of non-stop action, explosions, Gatling gun mowing down Dr. Sun and Jackie's Rebellions Soldiers, until Jackie is given suppressing fire and throws two grenades but his arm strength doesn't reach the Gatling gun, so he drops a grenade and kicks it like a football, moments that like scream out "AWESOME" even when its drenched in this depressing dramatic splurge of violence and realization of the lost lives that each battle taking place has, and that each person is 100% willing to die for the change of China. This does not ease the pain and impact from one persons death, the look on Jackie's face as one character sacrifices himself to save others as he is being dragged unwillingly by soldiers getting him to safety is one that sticks in the viewers memory.I cannot sum up in words how this movie feels, it just feels perfect. It is substantial. It makes you cry, it gives a smile a few short times through-out the film, it keeps you on the edge of your seat, it churns your stomach at the body count, it dazzles you with the beauty in how the chaos was filmed. It equally dazzles you in the character development and the emotional bond the film creates.As Jackie Chan's 100th movie; I could not see any other film standing at that career mile-stone. This is Jackie at his acting best, and directing best. He rides off of the Exceptional performance of Karate Kid 2010 and more notably the brilliant performances of Shinjuku Incident 2009 and Little Big Soldier 2010 - Jackie is perfect in the movie, and the movie itself is non-bias and perfect.It feels human as a war film, unlike a Hollywood war epic such as "Pearl Harbor". Congratulations Jackie, I salute you; I hope you win Best Actor, Best Picture, Best Director and that the academy recognizes this film.
I watched this movie while flying to China in 2011 when it was first released, after studying, reviewing, reading, absorbing everything I could about China. Historically it was very well done, the acting was outstanding, and the artistic license was held to a minimum. Do not expect the schlock of American films, do not expect to be spoon-fed everything, this movie expects you to think. Expect and explore the nuances of subtly presented ideas, bring the historical context to the forefront, and contemplate the meaning behind each scene to one of the greatest periods of change in China. Read <more>
about the revolution, the dynasty that ended, and the China that emerged. Research Sun Yat Sen. Quite a bit about him was left out from movie, researching him will add to your appreciation.
Long live the Republic of China! Down with the communist party of china! (by Hunky Stud)
This film could be so much more emotional and touching if the Chinese communist party is not still ruling the mainland China. The ccp's censors ruined the film. After watching this film, the audiences especially the young mainland students will hardly be motivated to pursue for the Three Principles of the People for a better China.For one thing, this is about the founding of Republic of China, the first democratic republic in the entire Asia , however, the name of "Republic of China" or the Three Principles of the People were hardly ever mentioned, they were probably <more>
mentioned for less than ten times throughout the film.In one scene, the subtitle in Chinese and English was "Republic of China", but the dialogue was talking about "revolution". So did the censor ask the filmmakers to change the name of ROC to revolution? No one will know until after the ccp is to be destroyed for good in the future.Jackie chan's voice was dubbed by someone else. That was a good choice, because it made his character more believable. Even though his face looks familiar, but the character he portrayed looked brand new. He wasn't a bad actor in this film even though it is not his regular comedy, action film role.overall, i enjoyed watching it. It could be a much bigger epic film if they didn't have to worry about the CCP's censors. Just like the rest of the mainland Chinese films, they can't make great films, because everything they make must first be approved by the evil CCP censors! Until the day when CCP is overthrown by its people, mainland Chinese filmmakers can never make a great touching film at all. They have all the money, human power, they just don't have the creation freedom.
1911 is billed as Jackie Chan's Centential movie or in other words his 100th on screen movie credit which is quite an accomplishment for anyone.The story is of an epic nature in both scale and story a really well made movie with political intrigue based on historical characters. The story involved the Xinhai Revolution to take over the Qing Chinese Dynasty.While Jackie Chan might be the top billed actor in the movie in reality he's probably only the 2nd or 3rd lead role with the character of Yat Sen the leader of the Revolution being the main character and Jackie's character <more>
This is a very intense historical drama of the 1911 revolution in China. I'm pretty sure that the reference to this being Jackie Chan's 'centennial film' refers to this being released in the year of the centennial anniversary of the revolution, and not that it's the 100th film that he's been in. By many accounts Jackie Chan has made considerably more than 100 films - I've seen counts at 150 and 200 on some websites.This was really my first exposure to the 1911 revolution at all, so now I'm inspired to read more about it. This movie definitely proves that Jackie <more>
Chan can certainly act without physical action - though he does get in one quick hand to hand rumble. He's confirmed that he'll no longer do the level of stunts that risk his life and health anymore, but that he will still do action and also wants to do more drama. This film displays his acting talent very well.The film is beautifully shot and is very moving. My only complaint is that the scenes jump with so much frequency. I felt as if I was just about absorbing one scene when it went on to another. I felt like I wanted to spend more time in certain places but it felt as if every scene lasted barely 2 or 3 minutes long. For me that was a little unsettling. Nevertheless, I was able to keep up with the thread of the story.Definitely one not to miss.
"1911" is NOT a movie about the Colt .45 semi-automatic Pistol. (by Scott-2071)
"1911" is NOT a movie about the Colt .45 semi-automatic Pistol."1911" was the year of a people's revolution in China. Like many modern revolutions Iran , this one did not end well Mao - though that was much later .1911 the movie is an historical drama based on the fall of the Qing Dynasty and China's first attempts at becoming a Republic. Jackie Chan co-directed and stars in a supporting role. There is one "Jackie-Chan-class" martial-arts scene, to placate his fans, having little to do with the plot. It involves little screen time, and is barely worth <more>
mentioning as fight scene or plot distraction. The camera loves Chan and he the camera. He nicely under-plays his character but has scenes where his familiar face and real acting chops anchor the movie for western audiences."1911" overlaps the time and events of the movie "Last Emperor of China" and spends considerable screen time in the Imperial Court. In "Emperor," we meet PuYi at age 2-3 when he becomes Emperor, then follow him into adulthood and old age. PuYi was a child of 5 in 1911.1911 was a genuine revolution a couple of decades prior to the battles that begat the time of Chairman Mao. If like me, you are barely aware of this period in Chinese History, this movie may give resolve to learn more. I have visited the rather large memorial to Dr Sun Yat-sen in Guangzhou. The Chinese Garden in Vancouver BC is an even larger memorial to him. In addition to political manoeuvrings, the movie is about the mud and the blood and the guts of a revolution. Beautiful young men and women thrown into the meat grinder for the cause of "freedom" - or so they had all hoped. The movie introduces many such young people, then returns to mourn them - brilliantly, I thought.The Qing Dynasty's end involved a couple of women serving as empresses / regents for about 50-60 years. I do not mean to say that it was a cause, only that it was an unusual fact. "1911" showed Empress Dowager Longyu Xiao Ding Jing / Xizi as more focused on comfort and fashion that affairs of state. Hard to know how real that was from 100 years later. She would have been 42-43 in 1911 yet the movie shows her as a much younger very beautiful woman played by Joan Chen . Her beauty is borne out by other reports from earlier in her life, however she passed away in 1913 at 44, and later pictures suggest significant dental problems.PuYi, the "Last Emperor" was elevated to office at age 2 with affairs of state handled by a female Regent. From that day forward, PuYi was considered a living god with grown and powerful men kowtowing to his every whim. Probably bad for the psychological development of a 2 year old to say the least. I thought that 1911 showed this adequately.An Emperor / Empress had total control to manage the affairs of state, and it would be the same for a Regent acting in his or her name. Like root/administrator access on a Linux/Windows Server that can work very well indeed if the administrator knows what s/he is doing. However that level of control can also destroy the system almost as easily through ignorance - or simple bad luck.The political insulation and bureaucratic "plaque" built up for Chinese emperors is difficult to imagine. With occasional changes of dynasty through warfare, the concept of divine royalty had governed China for 2,000 years. Behind high walls and gates, The Forbidden City/palace is nearly 8 million square feet 180 acres . The Vatican is about 3/5th as large, the Kremlin 1/3. It contains nearly 1,000 buildings and nearly 10,000 rooms. 9,000 people lived there to serve the imperial family. Only a select handful were allowed to even see the face of the emperor. If you weren't on that very short list the penalty for viewing his face was... death. Thus in modern dramas, you see high officials putting their faces to the floor when the emperor enters. That is by all accounts, quite real.We know how isolated some of US Presidents have been, especially the bunker mentality of Mr. Nixon or Mr. Johnson late in their time in office; however the isolation from the " wo man in the street" of these Presidents is probably less than 1/100th that of the Chinese Imperial Court, due to scale, tradition and technologies.Most of "1911" is in Mandarin with subtitles but you'll hear English where a scene is set in America's Chinatown or an aristocrat's gardens in England. At these garden parties, as European bankers would drink and dine and decide the fates of nations, Dr Sun Yat Sen lobbied them to stop loaning money to the Qing Dynasty. He succeeds, inhibiting their ability to buy weapons and pay soldiers. We also follow Dr. Sun as he travels to raise funds from the Overseas Chinese of America.Dr. Sun declared that he would serve as interim President of China after sufficient battle victories allowed formation of a legislative body, but that he would resign as soon as the Qing Emperor abdicated. This he did. The political reasons and consequences of that decision are a major part of the movie.Worth your time and money in theaters, but if that can't be worked into your schedule, be sure to rent it.Scott-Bob
Some propaganda tendencies but overall epic, detailed and entertaining (by kluseba)
"1911" is an epic Chinese historical drama that honours the centennial anniversary of the revolution against the Qing dynasty. The movie convinces with great special effects in the battle scenes, beautiful and authentic locations, bombastic costumes, many intellectual words and impressive images and a bunch of great and internationally recognized actors such as the very unusual and surprisingly convincing Jackie Chan, the once again very diversified Joan Chan or the charming shooting star Bingbing Li. This movies teaches us a lot about Chinese culture and history and captures the <more>
essential of a complex story in a short and intense running time. Even for someone who doesn't know a lot about China, the introduction and the subtitles reveal and explain enough to understand and get into a beautiful movie even though the ending could have been a little bit more expanded. I think the movie could have focused a little bit more on the situation and the authentic everyday life of the Chinese population instead of focusing only on the fate of the famous historic characters.Normally, this movie would have got one point more but I cut off one point because this feature has some elements that remind me of a propaganda cinema. Good and evil are too opposite and well defined and I'm sure that this movie is not always faithful towards the true history behind it. The good guys are wise, selfless and honest while the camp of the bad guys are one dimensional, egoistic and helpless. The movie tries to create a lot of sympathy for the main characters such as Sun Yat-Sen. In one scene, he convinces with his wise words only a bunch of ignorant, selfish and capitalist politics representing a very negative image of the Western civilization. That's a very romantic and epic scene but it's simply to pathetic to be true. This kind of falsification spoils the enjoyment of this otherwise technically perfect movie a lot. At least, after many American, Russian and German propaganda movies that I saw, this is a rather intriguing and also moderate movie with propagandistic tendencies from an Asian country.Apart of this little but though important flaw, this movie is a definite must see and yet another great history flick from China that easily beats the boring patriotic American war movies that have flooded the cinemas of the world a decade ago. It's time for a change and from a qualitative and cultural point of view, I happen to find these detailed, epic and entertaining Chinese history flicks very addicting.
1911This is Jackie Chan's 100th movie and the anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution. For those history buffs and fans of warfare you may like this movie.A Revolutionary Group wants to overthrow the Qing Monarchy and make big changes to China.The Pluses: The action scenes, the scenery of china, many notable scenes such as Sun Yet Sen's meeting with the Four Nation Bank and his arrival to China. The story moves on fast. The scenes with the Empress.The Minuses: Despite the poster boasting Jackie Chan's name, his screen presence is minimal, the scene with the kid in the palace is <more>
slow.Overall, 1911 is a great Movie. Watch it and you will know the meaning of the word "Revolution."