Those intrepid boys and girls at WellGo USA and Variance Films have gotten their hands on Jackie Chan’s epic period war flick “1911” (or “1911: Revolution” as it’s being called for domestic consumption), and have it scheduled to open in Stateside theaters October 12th, 2011. My guess is that will be a limited theatrical release followed by a major push on VOD and DVD, which is usually par for the course with Asian films in the States nowadays. Anyways, take a look at the first U.S. trailer for “1911”. It’s certainly action-packed and battle scenes galore, and Chan looks to be in fine dramatic form. And here’s something I didn’t realize before, but Chan has co-director credits with Zhang Li, who is making his feature film debut after working on a number of epics in the past, including John Woo’s “Red Cliff” two-parter.
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.
Starring Jackie Chan, Joan Chen, Lee Bing Bing, Jaycee Chan, Winston Chao and directed by Zhang Li and Jackie Chan.