Jackie Chan Starts a Revolution in First 1911 Trailer
09.22.11 by Ryan
The Rush Hour movies helped to popularize Jackie Chan in the United States, and though Chan has continued to work steadily in Hollywood, he has also continued to make movies in his native Hong Kong, such as the period, Martial arts movie Shaolin, which opened in limited release earlier this year.
Chan's latest movie, 1911, is a more personal movie, however, as it celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the Chinese Revolution. Chan plays Chinese revolutionary leader Huang Xing, who helped lead the Chinese Revolutionary Alliance to victory over the Imperial forces of the Qing Dynasty. Chan not only stars in the movie, he also directs and produces 1911, which also happens to be the 100th movie of his career.
The first trailer released for 1911 certainly has a more epic feel to it, as it slowly sweeps through exploding battlefields, and shows a more pensive and focused Chan than in his (sometimes humorous) martial arts movies.
Before watching the trailer, read the synopsis below.
At the beginning of the 20th century, China is in a state of crisis. The country is split into warring factions, the citizens are starving, and recent political reforms have made matters worse, not better. The ruling Qing Dynasty, led by a seven-year-old emperor and his ruthless mother, Empress Dowager Longyu (Joan Chen), is completely out of touch after 250 years of unquestioned power.
With ordinary citizens beginning to revolt openly, the Qing Dynasty has created a powerful, modern army (the "New Army") to quash any rebellion. But weapons are expensive, and desperate for cash, the Qing leaders are trading anything they can get their hands on with foreign countries... and selling China's future in the process. Huang Xing (Chan) has recently returned from Japan, where he has studied the art of modern warfare. When he finds his country falling apart, he feels he has no choice but to pick up the sword, leading an increasingly desperate series of violent rebellions against the powerful Qing Dynasty and the New Army- several with tragic consequences. From the walls of the Forbidden City to the battlefields of China, with no expense spared in production and no detail ignored in its quest for historical accuracy, 1911 is a true epic in every sense of the word.
1911 opens in the U.S. on October 7th, and co-stars Winstin Chao, Li BingBing and Chan's son, Jaycee Chan.