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By now, you should, in theory, already know quite a bit about Jackie Chan’s 100th film, the sprawling epic “1911”. With the film’s release date just around the corner — the picture opens in Hong Kong on September 29th, 2011 — even more stills have made their way online. After spending oh-so many years watching Chan beat the absolute crap out of people in his movies, it’s kind of nice to see him tackle meatier roles. Despite being a political film, “1911” looks great, and I’m anxious for its release here in the States. Well Go USA is planning a day-and-date release in North America, so expect it to bow around the same time. Joy!
Need a synopsis? Well, you’re getting one, anyway:
The events take place in 1911. Huang Xin (Jackie Chan) and Sun Yat Sun (Winston Chao) are the leaders of the revolution, fighting for a better life for the people. They gathered together and formed an association (Tung Meng Hui) for the purpose of fighting against the deteriorated Qing Dynasty. There were 2 uprisings to fight against the royal troops. The first one was held in Quangzhou in April 1911. The revolutionists attacked the Governor’s Office but totally failed due to an inadequate supply of ammunition. A huge number of revolutionaries were sacrified. There are 72 corpses found and buried in the place of Huang Fa Gong.
In October of the same year, another uprising in Wu Cheong took place. The royal army rebelled, led by Zhang Zhen Wu (Jaycee Chan). They successfully occupied three towns in Hu Han, and seized control of Hu Bei province. At that time, the Empress appointed Yuan Shi Kai and his soldiers to fight back. Huang then commanded the Defending troops, resisted for one month then followed with success. 14 Provinces declared independence. Sun was back and appointed as the temporary President who alleged to give away the position to the one who convinced the Qing Royalty to surrender. Yuan has succeeded to do so and got the authority.
268 years of the Reign of the Qing Dynasty and 2000 years of monarchy had come to an end. The Republic was then founded.
When you’re ready, feast your eyes on the goodies below.
Source: Film Smash