I’m still quite excited about the arrival of Jackie Chan’s 100th film, the epic period piece “1911”. With the picture’s release date looming on the horizon — the film opens in Hong Kong on September 29th, 2011 — the good folks at MediaAsia have bestowed a small collection of new images upon the huddled masses. Fear not, American Chan fans: Well Go USA is planning a day-and-date release of the flick, so expect it to arrive in the States around the same time. If it happens to open in a theater near you, strongly consider giving it a go.
What’s it about, you ask? Here’s a synopsis:
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.
The aforementioned visual goodies reside below.