Having endured both “The Shinjuku Incident” and the embarrassingly foul American comedy “The Spy Next Door”, I’m ready for Chan to get back to what he does best. Harald Zwart’s forthcoming remake of John G. Avildsen’s 80’s classic “The Karate Kid” certainly looks promising, but for those of us who prefer the man’s Chinese output, “Little Big Soldier” is the one sparks genuine excitement. The film has apparently been rattling around Jackie Chan’s imaginative little mind for close to twenty years, which could mean that a) it’s a great idea that has been patiently waiting for a fantastic director or b) nobody wanted to touch the damned thing until just recently. Whatever the case may be, I’m looking forward to getting my grubby hands on a copy.
Here’s a synopsis for those who are tardy to the party:
Set during the final years of the Warring States period of ancient China, the costume crowd-pleaser stars Jackie as a cowardly soldier of Liang, who has captured a heavily wounded young general (Wang Leehom) of rival kingdom Wei through sheer luck. Hoping that he will be rewarded and possibly discharged from the army, the soldier, who longs for peace and freedom, takes the captive along on his way back home. Their initial animosity gradually turns into friendship as the odd couple encounters danger in the shape of refugees, nomads, and the Wei armies on their eventful journey.
Thankfully, CN Entertainment is set to release Ding Sheng’s “Little Big Solider” on Hong Kong DVD and Blu-ray on April 10th, which really isn’t that far away. The film’s trailer, as well as some promotional art, have been included to help kick start loads of international excitement. So what are you waiting for? Get excited, already!