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This review is from: 1911 (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (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. Joan Chen shines as Qing Empress Dowager (Longyu), who finally abdicated on February 12, 1912, ending 2,000 years of monarchy. And don't expect funny and martial arts scenes from Jackie Chan - well, there is one fighting scene, which I suspect was placed just for the hell of it. This is a serious role for Chan, who does it well. In addition, it is my understanding that this might be Chan's 100th film. The two-disc Blu-ray edition of the movie also includes deleted scenes, making-of feature, interview with actress Li Bing Bing, and more. (China, 2011, color, 99 min plus additional materials).
Reviewed on January 10, 2012 exclusively by Eric Gonzalez for Well Go USA Blu-ray.
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Initial post: Jan 17, 2012 4:34:39 PM PST
Adam Fletcher says:
Certainly everyone is entitled to an opinion, but there is a clear conflict of interest here. You've written a review full of glittering generalities, and it also happens that you work for the company distributing the product.
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Carlos E. Velasquez says:
In regards to the comment posted by Adam Fletcher (http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A31
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012 4:09:55 PM PST
Adam Fletcher says:
So why are you, Carlos Velasquez, posting a review by Eric Gonzalez. And if it says at the end of Eric's review "Reviewed on January 10, 2012 exclusively by Eric Gonzalez for Well Go USA Blu-ray," then how is it that Eric was not working for Well Go USA? Maybe I'm missing something, but this review reads like it's written by someone whose job it is to publish favorable reviews.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 29, 2012 11:13:39 AM PST
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Carlos E. Velasquez says:
Thank you for your comments. Some people are good at reviewing movies (Eric), and others at computer related tasks (me). And lastly, contributing positive reviews on movies one has enjoyed is ideal.
In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2013 6:40:12 AM PDT
Jim Tarleton says:
The movie is listed at 118 Minutes, but at the end of your review you say China, 2011, 99 minutes. Do you mean that 19 minutes were cut from the original movie?
Posted on May 17, 2013 6:27:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2013 9:55:01 PM PDT
The description for the movie is 121 minutes on IMDB.COM. If you go to the YESASIA.COM website, there are multiple releases for sale. Only the ones listed as the HK version are listed with 121 minutes. All USA (region 1) and UK (region 2) releases are 99 minutes. Apparently, the USA distributor cut out over 20 minutes of footage for some reason. The HK version is only sold as a region 3 DVD or Zone A Blu-ray.
Update - I came across a review of the movie on the fareastfilms.com website and the reviewer says that for the first hour and a half, the movie is fast paced and people appear and disappear pretty quickly. The reviewer also says that the last 20 minutes of the film resorts to propaganda pushing and ends the movie on a disappointing tone. Perhaps, the US version decided to cut out those portions?
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