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Little Big Soldier (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Jackie Chan (Action Director, Actor) | Leehom Wang (Actor) | Steve Yoo (Actor) | Ding Sheng (Director)
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Action superstar Jackie Chan returns to form in his latest Lunar New Year blockbuster Little Big Soldier! After his bold attempt taking a strictly dramatic role in the acclaimed gang thriller Shinjuku Incident, Jackie seems to have found the right balance between his trademark action comedy and a newfound taste for more acting. So he crosses swords with Mando-pop king Leehom Wang (Lust, Caution) in the anti-war historical fable by Mainland writer-director Ding Sheng (The Underdog Knight) based on a story idea Jackie has had on his mind for over 20 years. The audience obviously liked their effort, giving the film a remarkable RMB150 million gross in China alone after four weeks in release. Besides the familiar faces of Yu Rongguang, Ken Lo, and Wang Baoqiang, Little Big Soldier also introduces a number of fresher talents like Korean singer Yoo Seung Jun, Beijing Olympics singer Lin Peng, and Jackie's disciples - the New Seven Little Fortunes - in their silver screen debut.

Set during the final years of the Warring States period of ancient China, the costume crowd-pleaser stars Jackie as a cowardly soldier of Liang, who has captured a heavily wounded young general (Leehom Wang) of rival kingdom Wei through sheer luck. Hoping that he will be rewarded and possibly discharged from the army, the soldier, who longs for peace and freedom, takes the captive along on his way back home. Their initial animosity gradually turns into friendship as the odd couple encounters danger in the shape of refugees, nomads, and the Wei armies on their eventful journey.

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Product Title: Little Big Soldier (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 大兵小將 (VCD) (香港版) 大兵小将 (VCD) (香港版) 大兵小将 (香港版) Little Big Soldier (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Leehom Wang (Actor) | Steve Yoo (Actor) | Jin Song (Actor) | Luck 7 | Yu Rong Guang (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Lin Peng (Actor) | Du Yu Ming (Actor) | Wang Bao Qiang (Actor) | Ben Niu (Actor) | Wu Yue (Actor) 成龍 (Actor) | 王力宏 (Actor) | 劉 承俊 (Actor) | 晉松 (Actor) | 新七小褔 | 于榮光 (Actor) | 盧惠光 (Actor) | 林鵬 (Actor) | 杜玉明 (Actor) | 王寶強 (Actor) | 牛犇 (Actor) | 吳樾 (Actor) 成龙 (Actor) | 王力宏 力宏 (Actor) | 刘 承俊 (Actor) | 晋松 (Actor) | 新七小褔 | 于荣光 (Actor) | 卢惠光 (Actor) | 林鹏 (Actor) | 杜玉明 (Actor) | 王宝强 (Actor) | 牛犇 (Actor) | 吴樾 (Actor) 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | 王力宏(ワン・リーホン) (Actor) | ユ・スンジュン (Actor) | Jin Song (Actor) | 新七小褔 (Luck 7) | 于榮光 (ユー・ロングァン) (Actor) | 慮恵光(ロー・ワイコン) (Actor) | リン・ポン (Actor) | Du Yu Ming (Actor) | 王宝強 (ワン・バオチャン) (Actor) | Ben Niu (Actor) | Wu Yue (Actor) 성룡 (Actor) | Leehom Wang (Actor) | 유승준 (Actor) | Jin Song (Actor) | Luck 7 | Yu Rong Guang (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Lin Peng (Actor) | Du Yu Ming (Actor) | 왕보강 (Actor) | Ben Niu (Actor) | Wu Yue (Actor)
Director: Ding Sheng 丁晟 丁晟 ディン・シェン Ding Sheng
Action Director: Jackie Chan 成龍 成龙 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) 성룡
Release Date: 2010-04-10
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: IIB
Duration: 96 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022413875

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Director: Ding Cheng

It was the darkest times in China. The battalions of warring states Liang and Wei collided in bloodbath that lasted from dawn till dusk. Only two men were left standing - a Foot Soldier from Laing and the rival General from Wei.

The Soldier captured the wounded General, hoping to use his enemy as his ticket to freedom by handing him over to the Liang warlord. Along the long and winding journey back to Liang, the two men at loggerheads meet with amazing encounters...
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Professional Review of "Little Big Soldier (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 25, 2010

This professional review refers to Little Big Soldier (2010) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Hey, Little Big Soldier is a good Jackie Chan movie! Apologies for the backhanded compliment, but Chan has had difficulty recapturing his earlier glory since making a play for Hollywood in the late nineties. The reasons why are open to debate - shifting audience taste and image problems are two potential issues - but there is one undeniable fact: Jackie Chan is not young anymore. Chan can no longer pull off the Police Story or Project A antics, and it's been tough for him to find a proper showcase for his aging persona and dwindling athleticism. Little Big Soldier fills that need quite nicely, providing a character and a story in which Jackie Chan can shine.

Based on a script from Chan and director Ding Sheng (The Underdog Knight), Little Big Soldier picks up during the Warring States Period when numerous states in China were angling to conquer each other. Chan plays the Old Soldier, a farmer conscripted into the Liang Army to do battle against the Wei, the Qin and whoever else may be knocking on Liang's doors. The Old Soldier is a pragmatic coward; during battles he usually plays dead, choosing to expend energy when scampering away from danger. The Old Soldier's frequent escapes provide opportunities for Jackie Chan to nimbly avoid harm - something he's been an ace at since he started his unique brand of creative, Buster Keaton-inspired action comedy back in the 1970s.

Potential fortune arrives for Old Soldier when he captures a wounded Wei Prince (Leehom Wang). The Old Soldier hopes to give the Prince to his Liang leaders in exchange for some acres of land, but the situation isn't as easy as simply carting the Prince to his home territory. The two have a great distance to cover, and the Prince isn't cooperative, sometimes getting violent in his attempts to escape. Nature and predictable circumstance get in the way; local bandits threaten the duo, and the two even meet up with a bear. The biggest problem: the Prince's brother (Korean actor Steve Yoo) is after the Prince in order to kill him and usurp the Wei throne. With so many obstacles against him, can the Old Soldier bring the Prince to Liang and get his retirement package? Or can the Prince somehow convince the Old Soldier to let him go and do the Kingdom of Wei a favor?

Narratively, Little Big Soldier is largely conventional, but Ding Sheng manages to make even the most predictable moments surprising. Conflicts arise over kingdom and country, brotherhood and family, as well as simple circumstantial need, and the way in which the story unfolds is entertaining and involving. The script is smartly commercial, with exposition rendered through recurring bits that tie the disparate characters together. Ding makes even his most minor characters seem unique, and also shows a consistent sense of humor, forcing few of the film's funny moments. Probably the most obvious gag involves a parody of Confucius, and even that comes off as rather subtle. Ding humanizes everyone, even the bad guys, leading to emotions and resolutions that feel satisfying and even complex. Conclusions aren't provided for all the characters, but the story never creates that necessity.

As the could-be buddies, Jackie Chan and Leehom Wang make fine screen partners. Wang hasn't turned in standout performances before, but his role as the honorable prince makes good use of his handsome looks and youthful righteousness. However, the film belongs to Jackie Chan. The Old Soldier is not a typical Chan good guy; the character makes use of the actor's age while giving him a cynical, pragmatic edge that departs from Chan’s usual pronounced decency. However, the character is still decent, and when he makes unselfish choices, it feels rewarding for the audience. Unlike the usual Chan roles, the Old Soldier is actually a character, and not some outline for Chan to inhabit with his own personality. Maybe it's because Chan's role here is just a gentle tweaking of his established screen persona and not an against-type reversal like in Shinjuku, but the Old Soldier feels like a breakthrough for Chan.

However, those looking for spectacle may be disappointed. There's plenty of smaller, tightly-choreographed action, but no large set pieces that make use of the widescreen frame. The film takes place entirely in the wilderness with few crowds, and the dirty costumes and art direction only make the production seem smaller. Chan's character is not a fighter, so there's little chance to see Chan in any one-versus-many fisticuffs. Most of the time his fighting involves bluffing, but the moments still allow Chan to show off his creative way with action. Also, the Old Soldier may not be a good fighter, but he's really good at throwing rocks, providing yet another unexpected opportunity for creative Jackie Chan action. The rest of the cast also gets some action opportunities, with Leehom Wang doing decently in his few chances at swordplay. If Chan fans are here only for action, then Little Big Soldier is probably not going to satiate them.

But Jackie Chan has never been just an action actor - he's really an action entertainer, and that creativity and showmanship shine through brightly in Little Big Soldier. Ding Sheng handles all his elements sharply, delivering a much wider range of emotions than one might expect. That surprise also applies to the film's end, which adds effective and - some might argue - unnecessary pathos. Despite the larger themes offered, Little Big Soldier never claims that it's so meaningful that a somber ending would be required. The ending could be seen as pandering to China, as it's possible to read some nationalism into the film's "someone unified China" ending. At the same time, the mystifying close may possess some silent criticism of The Powers That Be. Regardless, the shifting tones and subsequent blooper reel only add to Little Big Soldier's success. This is an entertainment that crosses multiple genres and doesn't confine itself to a single tone or emotion. In stretching what Little Big Soldier might have been, Ding Sheng and Jackie Chan have done more than deliver. They've achieved.

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