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One spark can start a fire that changes everything. For modern China, that spark was the Xinhai Revolution. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of this important turning point in contemporary Chinese history, and Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan is commemorating the milestone by making 1911 the 100th film of his career. In addition to starring in the film as Huang Xing, the man who led forces on the battlefield during the revolution, Chan also acts as the chief director of this big-budget historical epic. Covering the events of 1911 - including the Huanghuagang Uprising, Sun Yat-sen's attempts to raise support for the revolution, and the political chaos following the revolution - 1911 is one of Chan's biggest and most important films.

In addition to the action superstar in a rare dramatic role, 1911 also co-stars Winston Chao (Road to Dawn) as Sun Yat-sen, Li Bing Bing (Detective Dee), Jiang Wu (Let the Bullets Fly), Joan Chen, Hu Ge, and Jaycee Chan. One of the most anticipated films of 2011, 1911 was one of the opening films at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival.

In late 1910, Sun Yat-sen and his Tongmenghui brethren - including Huang Xing (Jackie Chan) - meet in Malaysia to prepare for the Huanghuagang Uprising in Guangzhou. Even though the uprising, which involves an attack on the governor's office, ends in failure, other uprisings begin to follow, troubling the Empress Dowager (Joan Chen). To prevent the Qing court from stopping the revolution, Sun Yat-sen travels to Europe to stop banks from lending money to the Qing government. Meanwhile, Huang Xing continues to fight on the battlefields, facing death everyday...

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Product Title: 1911 (2011) (DVD) (Japan Version) 辛亥革命 (2011) (DVD) (日本版) 辛亥革命 (2011) (DVD) (日本版) 1911 1911 (2011) (DVD) (Japan Version)
Also known as: 1911 Revolution 1911 Revolution 1911 Revolution 1911 Revolution 1911 Revolution
Artist Name(s): Winston Chao | Joan Chen | Li Bing Bing | Jiang Wu | Sun Chun | Jaycee Chan | Yu Shao Qun | Jackie Chan 趙文瑄 | 陳沖 | 李冰冰 | 姜武 | 孫淳 | 房祖名 | 余 少群 | 成龍 赵文瑄 | 陈冲 | 李冰冰 | 姜武 | 孙淳 | 房祖名 | 余 少群 | 成龙 趙文[王宣](ウィンストン・チャオ) | 陳沖(ジョアン・チェン) | 李冰冰(リー・ビンビン) | 姜武(ジァン・ウー) | 孫淳(スン・チュン) | 房祖名 (ジェイシー・チェン) | 余少群 (ユー・シャオチュン) | 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) Winston Chao | Joan Chen | Li Bing Bing | Jiang Wu | Sun Chun | Jaycee Chan | Yu Shao Qun | 성룡
Release Date: 2012-06-08
Publisher Product Code: ASBY-5341
Language: Original Soundtrack
Subtitles: Japanese
Place of Origin: China, Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030396588

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20世紀初頭の中国。わずか2 歳で皇帝に即位した溥儀(ふぎ)を戴く清王朝は、衰退の一途をたどっていた。侵食されてゆく国を憂う若者たちの危機感も高まっており、孫文(そんぶん)率いる<中国同盟会> をはじめとする多くの革命組織が各地で結成されていた。1911年3月。清王朝に対して幾度となく反旗を翻してきた孫文は国外逃亡せざるを得なくなる。孫文は中国での革命活動の指揮を、彼が最も信頼する同志である黄興(こうこう)に託す。4月、孫文の意志を引き継いだ黄興は海外から帰国した<中国同盟会> のメンバーとともに、広州にある総督府(官庁)に攻め込むことを計画する。だが事前に情報を入手していた清朝軍に厳戒態勢を敷かれ、激しい市街戦となってしまう。この戦いで多くの同志を失い、撤退せざるを得なかった黄興は悲しみに打ちひしがれ、自らを責め、苦しむことに。歴史上、≪黄花崗七十二烈士≫と呼ばれたこの悲劇は、中国全土にこれまでにない反清運動の高まりをもたらすことになった。そして、1911年10月10日、湖北省の武昌区で新たに響いた革命の銃声は時代を動かした。黄興は、仲間たちの元へと駆けつける。崩壊寸前の祖国と愛する人を救うため、同志たちと語り合った理想を勝ち取るため、そして、盟友・孫文との約束を果たすため。ついに<革命=辛亥革命> の火蓋は切って落とされた。




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December 19, 2011

This professional review refers to 1911 (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
1911 is a milestone film in two very important ways, marking the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution and the 100th outing for the legendary Jackie Chan, his first as director since Who Am I? back in 1998. Charting one of the major turning points in the development of modern China, the film is another in the recent line of big budget patriotic epics, following in the footsteps of the hits Founding of the Republic and Beginning of the Great Revival showing the same kind of celebratory air and attention to historical detail. With Chan headlining in a dramatic role, the film also packs in an impressive cast of popular Chinese stars, including Winston Chao (here playing Sun Yat Sen for the fourth time), Li Bing Bing (Detective Dee), Jiang Wu (Let the Bullets Fly), Joan Chen (Lust, Caution), Hu Ge (Butterfly Lovers), and his son Jaycee Chan (Break Up Club).

In charting the 1911 Xinhai Revolution, film splits its focus between Sun Yat Sen raising funds in Europe and acting as the political figurehead for the uprising, and Chan as his friend Huang Xing, who actually led the troops on the battlefield as they took on the Qing Dynasty and the Empress Dowager (Joan Chen). Kicking off in 1910, the plot begins with the Huanghuagang Uprising in Guangzhou by Huang Xing and the Tongmenghui, which though unsuccessful sowed the seeds for further battles, and moves on to follow the spread of the revolution, the various factions and machinations involved in the overthrow of the government, and Sun Yat Sen's rise to leadership.

1911 is unsurprisingly pretty far removed from what might be expected of the average Jackie Chan film, and is every bit the serious Chinese epic, with a huge cast of historical figures, many of whom are fleetingly introduced via on screen text. This may make the film somewhat daunting for anyone unfamiliar with the period covered, though it does give it an air of authenticity, especially with judicious use of the pause button. On this score, the film also benefits from having a lower number of famous faces and bit part cameos than Founding of the Republic and Beginning of the Great Revival which though fun were somewhat distracting - though some of the comically dreadful western actors who seem to have been dragged in off the street do undermine some of the more dramatic scenes involving Sun Yat Sen in Europe. Thankfully, the main cast members, Chan included, are all on good form, and despite the presence of the megastar the film never comes across as a vehicle or vanity piece, with some well chosen storytelling techniques and a shifting focus between Sun and Huang Xin that holds the interest throughout and prevents things from ever feeling too much like a flag waving history lesson.

Chan also does a good job as director, with a co-credit for TV helmer Zhang Li, managing to keep things moving along efficiently and combining some weighty dramatic material with large scale battle scenes. The latter are frequently spectacular, though Chan wisely goes for a gritty look rather than too much slow motion or anything too over-choreographed, and some bloody bullet wounds and severed limbs add a welcome tough edge and underline the theme of sacrifice. These are rather at odds with a few pointless flashes of martial arts action which Chan felt the need to throw in, though these are kind of fun and never quite wacky enough to truly grate. Production values are top notch throughout, and the film is a handsome affair with good use of sets, Chan using this to successfully recreate the period in convincing fashion, making for a prestige blockbuster feel.

1911 is certainly up to the same standard of Founding of the Republic and Beginning of the Great Revival and should be enjoyed by viewers interested in fiercely patriotic takes on modern Chinese history and looking for more of the same. Offering something a little different than might have been expected from Jackie Chan as actor and director, it shows the star taking another solid step in his continuing maturation, and as being capable of far more than crazy kung fu stunts and face pulling.

by James Mudge -

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