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1911 Revolution (2011) (DVD) (UK Version) DVD Region 2

Jackie Chan (Actor, Director) | Li Bing Bing (Actor) | Winston Chao (Actor) | Jaycee Chan (Actor)
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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 Revolution (2011) (DVD) (UK Version) 辛亥革命1911 (2011) (DVD) (英國版) 辛亥革命1911 (2011) (DVD) (英国版) 1911 (辛亥革命) (2011) (DVD) (UK版) 1911 Revolution (2011) (DVD) (UK Version)
Also known as: China 1911 China 1911 China 1911 China 1911 China 1911
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Li Bing Bing (Actor) | Winston Chao (Actor) | Jaycee Chan (Actor) | Hu Ge (Actor) | Dennis To (Actor) | Joan Chen (Actor) | Ning Jing (Actor) | Jiang Wu (Actor) | Wang Ya Nam (Actor) | Tao Ze Ru (Actor) | Mei Ting (Actor) | Sun Chun (Actor) | Wei Zong Wan (Actor) | Xie Gang (Actor) | Huang Zhi Zhong (Actor) | Louise Wong (Actor) | Xie Da Ying (Actor) | Chen Yi Heng (Actor) | Li Dong Xue (Actor) | Qi Dao (Actor) | Huo Qing (Actor) | Zhang Zhi Jian (Actor) | Duo Cu Jie (Actor) | Hu Ming (Actor) | Xu Wen Guang (Actor) | Olivia Wang (Actor) | Yu Shao Qun (Actor) 成龍 (Actor) | 李冰冰 (Actor) | 趙文瑄 (Actor) | 房祖名 (Actor) | 胡歌 (Actor) | 杜 宇航 (Actor) | 陳沖 (Actor) | 寧靜 (Actor) | 姜武 (Actor) | 王亞楠 (Actor) | 陶澤如 (Actor) | 梅婷 (Actor) | 孫淳 (Actor) | 魏宗萬 (Actor) | 謝鋼 (Actor) | 黃 志忠 (Actor) | 王 璐瑤 (Actor) | 葉大鷹 (Actor) | 陳逸恆 (Actor) | 李東學 (Actor) | 奇道 (Actor) | 霍青 (Actor) | 張志堅 (Actor) | 多布傑 (Actor) | 胡明 (Actor) | 許文廣 (Actor) | 王子文 (Actor) | 余 少群 (Actor) 成龙 (Actor) | 李冰冰 (Actor) | 赵文瑄 (Actor) | 房祖名 (Actor) | 胡歌 (Actor) | 杜 宇航 (Actor) | 陈冲 (Actor) | 宁静 (Actor) | 姜武 (Actor) | 王亚楠 (Actor) | 陶泽如 (Actor) | 梅婷 (Actor) | 孙淳 (Actor) | 魏宗万 (Actor) | 谢钢 (Actor) | 黄 志忠 (Actor) | 王 璐瑶 (Actor) | Xie Da Ying (Actor) | 陈逸恒 (Actor) | 李东学 (Actor) | 奇道 (Actor) | 霍青 (Actor) | 张志坚 (Actor) | 多布杰 (Actor) | 胡明 (Actor) | 许文广 (Actor) | 王子文 (Actor) | 余 少群 (Actor) 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | 李冰冰(リー・ビンビン) (Actor) | 趙文[王宣](ウィンストン・チャオ) (Actor) | 房祖名 (ジェイシー・チェン) (Actor) | 胡歌(フー・ゴー) (Actor) | 杜宇航 (デニス・トー) (Actor) | 陳沖(ジョアン・チェン) (Actor) | 寧静 (ニン・チン) (Actor) | 姜武(ジァン・ウー) (Actor) | 王亞楠(ワン・ヤーナム) (Actor) | 陶澤如(タオ・ザール) (Actor) | 梅婷 (メイ・ティン) (Actor) | 孫淳(スン・チュン) (Actor) | Wei Zong Wan (Actor) | Xie Gang (Actor) | Huang Zhi Zhong (Actor) | 王璐瑤(ルイーズ・ウォン) (Actor) | 葉大鷹(イエ・ダーイン) (Actor) | Chen Yi Heng (Actor) | リー・トンシュエ (Actor) | Qi Dao (Actor) | Huo Qing (Actor) | Zhang Zhi Jian (Actor) | 多布傑(デュオ・ブジエ) (Actor) | Hu Ming (Actor) | Xu Wen Guang (Actor) | 王子文(ワン・ズーウェン) (Actor) | 余少群 (ユー・シャオチュン) (Actor) 성룡 (Actor) | Li Bing Bing (Actor) | Winston Chao (Actor) | Jaycee Chan (Actor) | Hu Ge (Actor) | Dennis To (Actor) | Joan Chen (Actor) | Ning Jing (Actor) | Jiang Wu (Actor) | Wang Ya Nam (Actor) | Tao Ze Ru (Actor) | Mei Ting (Actor) | Sun Chun (Actor) | Wei Zong Wan (Actor) | Xie Gang (Actor) | Huang Zhi Zhong (Actor) | Louise Wong (Actor) | Xie Da Ying (Actor) | Chen Yi Heng (Actor) | Li Dong Xue (Actor) | Qi Dao (Actor) | Huo Qing (Actor) | Zhang Zhi Jian (Actor) | Duo Cu Jie (Actor) | Hu Ming (Actor) | Xu Wen Guang (Actor) | Olivia Wang (Actor) | Yu Shao Qun (Actor)
Director: Jackie Chan | Zhang Li 成龍 | 張黎 成龙 | 张黎 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) | Zhang Li 성룡 | Zhang Li
Release Date: 2012-05-14
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: China
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Duration: 99 (mins)
Publisher: Cine-Asia (UK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030906284

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Professional Review of "1911 Revolution (2011) (DVD) (UK Version)"

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 - BeyondHollywood.com

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