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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.
A revolutionary role for Jackie Chan. --Wall Street Journal
A Patriotic Epic! --New York Times
Jacke Chan kicks some serious butt in this Historical Drama! --New York Magazine
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This film is made more for two audiences: a Chinese audience in order to connect them to a cultural history that many of them may not be very familiar with; and an audience who enjoys historical epics/ war dramas. It’s not for the typical Jackie fan. For what it is (not for what I wanted it to be) it should probably earn 4 stars. My actual enjoyment of it would place it at 2 stars (and my wife, who loves some Chantastic magic too, wouldn’t finish watching it).
The only Con:
I was surprised to see that certain key events and people were NOT included in this film by Jackie Chan. But then after reading about his pro-China (pro-Communist China, that is) sentiments, a country infamous for its deep censorship of things that counter its political opinions or other self-interests, then I could understand why certain pertinent things were creatively omitted. NOTE: My comments are not at all an attack on Jackie Chan, nor to mainland China. However, in the interest of the film's critique, these matters should be pointed out.
I give it four stars for the omissions, but that is just my opinion.
was created by the first leader his struggle and accounts are shown
in this movie . Actor Jackie Chan is dynamic in his role as he always is
but this time he has an educators role in this and is a really good teacher
as he is in this movie the supporting role of the leader. First class history leason.
If you want to know about what china is about you first need to see this movie.
The out come is amazingly good. Five Stars *****
Frankly, I am surprised by the quality of this film. It is a thrilling historical adventure that is both good entertainment and a good history lesson for an increasingly important part of the world.