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A Patriotic Epic! --New York Times
Jackie Chan kicks some serious butt in this historical drama. --New York Magazine
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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.
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.Read more ›
For anyone familiar with European history: French Revolution, Russian Revolution, etc. these events are recipe for disaster. Intellectuals and peasants alike ask for change and that entails getting rid of the feudal system and autocracy that lasted in China for over 2,000 years. Many young people rebel and start fighting on the streets in order to make a change. Their leader is Sun-Yat Sen, young medical doctor, living in exile (San Francisco) who is devoting his time to raising money and recruiting fighters to change China. It is important film because it reflects on the real events that happended in China nearly 100 years ago. What happened then made a foundation of China we know today.
There are too many characters in the film and peopl unfamiliar withthe names of Chinese provinces, may find movie confusing. Some of the subtitles explaining characters and events are in such samll print, it is next to impossible to read them without pausing a movie. In any case it is a spectacle and rematicised way of looking at one of the most important events in Chinese history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jackie Chan gives a great portrayal of Huang Xing in this movie. The movie is kinda boring but the actors play their parts well to bring to life a part of chinese history.Published 4 days ago by Jacob s
Very slow at times. Hard to read sub titles because they flash by so fast. Good story line.Published 3 months ago by asales
A well made movie. Some plots are fictional and not in accordance with history though. But the reason is easy to figure out. Read morePublished 9 months ago by SHLC
It was a decent movie if you don't mind reading subtitles throughout.Published 10 months ago by Jack W. Beeman
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