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1911 (Collector's Edition) (2011)

Jackie Chan , Bingbing Li , Jackie Chan , Li Zhang  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Bingbing Li, Joan Chen, Winston Chao
  • Directors: Jackie Chan, Li Zhang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: Mandarin Chinese, English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ZMBEYE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,420 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A revolutionary role for Jackie Chan. --Wall Street Journal

A Patriotic Epic! --New York Times

Jackie Chan kicks some serious butt in this historical drama! --New York Magazine

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Dexterous martial arts legend Jackie Chan reaches his 100th film milestone with this historical drama set in the year 1911, as the Chinese public begins to revolt against the Qing Dynasty that has ruled the country for 250 years. As the child emperor takes the throne and his mother, Empress Dowager Longyu (Joan Chen), clings to power, famine sweeps the land and warring factions clash in battle. Meanwhile, the "New Army" beings targeting rebels and the desperate leaders of the Qing Dynasty begin putting the country's future at risk through rampant trading with foreign countries. When Huang Xing (Jackie Chan) returns home from studying modern warfare in Japan, he finds his homeland consumed by strife. Realizing that the only hope for the future is for China to take up arms and topple the Qing Dynasty, Huang enters into an epic battle that threatens devastating consequences for the common people. Bing Bing Lee, Jaycee Chan, and Winston Chao co-star.

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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1911 Revolution January 11, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Dynamic actor Jackie Chan is working hard in trying to leave a firm and strong legacy in Chinese cinema and cinema in general. Perhaps he wants to demonstrate that his talents are not exclusively in martial arts films and comedies, but also in dramatic roles. And I'm happy to say that he successfully does that in "1911 Revolution," a formidable and epic film about one of China's defining moments in its tortured history. Historical movies just don't get better than this.

The film opens with the execution of Qiu Jin, in Shaoxing. She was a member of the Tongmenghui, a revolutionary council that wanted to end the imperial government. We are then taken to San Francisco, on April 26, 1911, when Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (Winston Chao) is speaking at a fundraiser to the Chinese community in that city, in order that money could be collected for the revolutionary army that was fighting the Qing Dynasty. It was thought, we learn, that "overseas Chinese people were the mothers of the revolution." Next, we see Huang Xing (Jackie Chan) commanding an attack on the governor's mansion, in the so-called Guangzhou uprising. Sadly, the uprising fails, but Huang Xing survives and continues the insurrection. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen remains in foreign countries trying to provide funds for the revolution and stop the support of the Qing Dynasty by foreign powers. From then on, we witness, step by step, the history of the revolution that ended feudalism in China and brought down the Qing, the final dynasty in the history of the republic.

"1911 Revolution" is magnificently full of historic information, which directors Jackie Chan and Li Zhang were able to condense in the film's 99 minutes. It is a true epic, with overpowering cinematography, astonishing production design and dramatic battle scenes.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it, but not because it's a great movie June 24, 2012
Format:DVD
I'm a world history teacher, and I am going to China later this summer for a three-week vacation/adventure. I spent a lot of time in my class covering Chinese history, so it was only natural that I would watch this. I enjoyed it a lot - but mostly because I was familiar with the basics of the material it covered. Otherwise, I would have been totally lost. The plot concerns how Sun Yat Sen and his followers fight a lot of battles to defeat the corrupt Qing dynasty and establish a Chinese republic. There's a little more to it, but not much. This is not really a martial arts movie, nor a real drama, but a curious mix of those things and a documentary.

What you get is a lot of hagiography about Sun Yat-Sen, and a lot of battles. The film is most certainly propaganda for the current regime in China, even it is somewhat veiled. Many historical figures are introduced and then. . . they disappear from view. I suspect a Chinese viewer would probably get a lot more out of it than a western viewer. The whole thing is rushed. Very, very little back story is given about either Sun OR the decline of the Qing dynasty. A better screenplay would have given us 20-30 minutes of crucial backstory, and the remainder would have had a much greater impact.

Fun to watch, but not great cinema.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That's not the real run time January 10, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
The run time for this movie is actually about 118 minutes, but the US Blu-Ray version is only 99 minutes. Why the heck is that? I was looking forward to this (especially for it's incredible run time, making it a true epic), but was let down by you guys at Amazon. Other than that, the movie was still good, but should have been 240 minutes, extending all the battle sequences in the movie
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34 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really a Jackie Chan movie December 31, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I live in Albuquerque, and I drove to Denver to catch a screening of this movie. The trailers and promotions bill it as a Jackie Chan movie, but he really only has a supporting role. There's one brief fight scene, but otherwise it's heavy drama and lots of guns. And as I said, Jackie Chan is not the main, or even main supporting, actor in the movie. Several commenters said that it's only natural that there's less action since Jackie is older, and maybe that's true, but that's not my point. My point is that JC is on the screen less than half the time, but the movie has been promoted as though JC is the star. The film itself was well-produced, though many of the details were confusing because it's supposed to be a historical piece and I know very little about Chinese history. It also moves rapidly, making it difficult for a casual watcher to keep track of names, dates, places, etc.

One other item to note is that the film showed in Mandarin, and Jackie Chan did not dub his own voice. Well Go USA, the distributor, also included Mandarin as the only audio track when it released Shaolin, another recent Jackie Chan movie. I believe that this blu ray release will feature only Mandarin and not Cantonese. Well Go USA also edited out nearly a half hour from this version. Some commenters suggested that the Chinese government is responsible, but I don't really know. All I can say for sure is that this version is quite a bit shorter than the version I saw in the theater a few months ago.

Among JC's recent releases--Karate Kid, Little Big Solider, Shaolin, Shinjuku Incident--this is my least favorite, mostly because of how little JC it features. Armour of God 3 should be fun once it arrives later this year/early next year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent I strongly recommended
Published 16 days ago by Cristobal R. Garcia
3.0 out of 5 stars 300 years and countless Fujianese Imperial eunuchs and the Qing was...
Mm, the point is that inappropriate sacrifices have been made and now we are indebted and must be forced to sacrifice as well but no way does a culture that forces obedience on... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Dwight
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fairly entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Hung Quoc NGUYEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie - Exciting and inspirational (Great Quality)
Fantastic movie. I think for those of you who have not seen the Bodyguard and Assassin, you should see that movie first. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Blue Ray Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Historic era, beautiful film, terrific costumes, action packed
This film tells the story of China at the beginning of the 20th century, of all the young (and not so young), courageous idealists who brought down the corrupt imperial dynasty. Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Walking Woman
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit chopped up
I think this film would have been better as a two part film or something. It felt chopped up and was a bit hard to follow at times. Well done other than that.
Published 6 months ago by Jesse Beitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
If you are a history buff and understand what was happening in China during 1911 and understand the current Chinese government will influence the plot to work for their benefit... Read more
Published 7 months ago by George
4.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Chan
His character is normal play for him. movie has many historical politics' displayed and les GUNG FU if you know what I mean and is worth seeing
Published 7 months ago by Leland Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the complete history of events
The film features very authentic props, costumes, and settings. The visuals are spectacular and the story holds the audience's attention. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Adventure Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
Been a professional historian, I'm a big fan of movies based on historical events. But this picture was really dissapointing; it seems mere propaganda and not a work of art.
Published 11 months ago by Pedro L. San Miguel
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