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1911 -- A historical drama based on the founding of the Republic of China when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty.

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Directors:
Writers:
Xingdong Wang (screenplay) &
Baoguang Chen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 September 2011 (China) See more »
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Tagline:
Fall of the Last Empire
Plot:
A historical drama based on the founding of the Republic of China when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Nutshell Review: 2011 See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jackie Chan ... Huang Xing
Winston Chao ... Sun Yat-sen

Bingbing Li ... Xu Zonghan (as Bingbing Lee)
Chun Sun ... Yuan Shikai

Joan Chen ... Empress Longyu
Wu Jiang ... Li Yuanhong

Jaycee Chan ... Zhang Zhenwu
Ge Hu ... Lin Juemin
Jing Ning ... Qiu Jin
Shaoqun Yu ... Wang Jingwei
Yu-Hang To ... Xiong Bingkun (as Dennis To)
Zhi-zhong Huang ... Situ Meitang (as Zhizhong Huang)
Ting Mei ... Chen Yiying
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Duobujie ... Feng Guozhang (as Duobuji)
Simon Dutton ... John Newell Jordan
Ming Hu ... Liao Zhongkai
Wenli Jiang ... Soong Ching-ling
Dong-xue Li ... Zai Feng
Liang Qi ... Wu Zhaolin
Zeru Tao ... Tang Weiyong
Luyao Wang ... Yuan's Concubine
Ya'nan Wang ... Yuan Keding
Ziwen Wang ... Tang Manrou
Zongwan Wei ... Yi Xin
Gang Xie ... Tang Shaoyi
Jiadong Xing ... Song Jiaoren
Daying Ye ... Wu Tingfang
Arthur Bergman ... Soldier (uncredited)
Sherman 'Big Train' Bergman ... Soldier (uncredited)
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Directed by
Li Zhang 
Jackie Chan (general director)
 
Writing credits
Xingdong Wang (screenplay) &
Baoguang Chen (screenplay)

Produced by
Guoqing Gu .... producer
Bin Guo .... producer
Peter Lam .... producer
Li-Juan Liu .... producer (as Lijuan Liu)
Jianhong Qi .... producer
Zhong-lun Ren .... producer (as Zhonglun Ren)
Xiaoyi Shen .... producer
Dafang Wang .... producer
Lian Yu .... producer
Li Zhou .... producer
Pixue Zhou .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Wei Huang  (as Wai Huang)
 
Art Direction by
Hai Zhao 
 
Sound Department
Wen Chang .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Rohit Agarwal .... roto animation artist: The Moving Picture Company
Sanjay Baliga .... rotoanim artist: The Moving Picture Company
Jeremy Bazin .... digital artist
Kanishk Deb Biswas .... roto/animation artist: The Moving Picture Company
Nicolas Chavigny .... matte painter
Yann Doray .... compositing supervisor
Fathima Feminò .... compositor
Raffaele Grande .... senior modeler
Alexander Jacquet .... digital compositor: Technicolor
Yanming Jiang .... visual effects supervisor
Ranajoy Kar .... lead roto/animation artist: Moving Picture Company
Randy Little .... senior compositor: Technicolor Beijing
Jambunatha Mn .... matchmove artist: The Moving Picture Company
Giuseppe Motta .... cg supervisor
Shaan Nelson .... rotoanim artist: The Moving Picture Company
Garth O'Bryan .... compositor
Kukal Prasanth .... roto animator: Moving Pictures Company
Ambrish Rangan .... lead matchmove artist: MPC
Paulina Rodriguez Lemus .... digital artist
Swati Shamsundar Malu .... matchmove artist: The Moving Picture Company
Joseph Thomas M. .... matchmove artist: The Moving Picture Company
Mike Wallner .... visual effects
Fan Zhang .... compositor
 
Stunts
Jackie Chan .... stunt actor
Jackie Chan .... stunt coordinator
Gang Wu .... action choreographer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Xin hai ge ming" - China (original title)
"1911 Revolution" - International (English title) (literal English title)
"Xinhai Revolution" - International (English title) (literal title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for war violence
Runtime:
121 min (DVD)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jackie Chan's 100th movie.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When a man shoots another with a bolt action rifle, the sound of the empty cartridge hitting the floor can be heard. The bolt had not been cycled, so the empty cartridge can not have been ejected from the rifle.See more »
Quotes:
Sun Yat-Sen:The goal of revolution isn't death, but to change fate. Young people are sacrificing themselves for the revolution, so that the living can lead better lives.See more »

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29 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: 2011, 28 September 2011
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Being billed as Jackie Chan's centennial film - well it depends on who's counting since IMDb.com listed it as the number 109, but seriously, who's counting? - it was a shrewd career choice to have made it an epic in both scale and story, an extremely well made piece of historical drama filled with political intrigue and a fine cast fleshing out their period roles, and to coincide it with the centennial year of the historical milestone it is based on as well, being the 1911 Xinhai Revolution that ultimately overthrew the Chinese Qing dynasty and ended more than 2000 years of Imperial rule in China. It could have been Rush Hour 4 or Police Story 6, but Jackie Chan had got grander ideas, so good for him.

With the aforementioned centennial celebrations of sorts, there are countless of films being released based on historical characters and incidents in the run up, with big budgeted, and undoubtedly easily labelled as propaganda films like The Founding of a Republic and its sequel The Founding of a Party boasting big name stars in its line up to draw record audiences. The latest yet to hit the big screen here, but soon enough unless the incessant playing of the trailers start to put people off, would be the story of Qiu Jin who was an anti- Qing revolutionary, in a film titled The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake directed by Herman Yau, and it is Qiu Jin who interesting enough, actually opens this film, which may make those unfamiliar with her character scratch their heads for a little while.

In a gist 1911 chronicles the fight by the Tong Meng Hui led by Sun Yat-Sen (Winston Chao) and his band of brothers to start a revolution against the corrupt Qing government who have so far been making plenty of concessions to foreign powers since the Opium War, with the country decaying morally and economically, the poor leading really miserable lives. If you're been watching Chinese cinema set around the era, you'd be fairly familiar with the strife and struggles of the Chinese people in and around that period, and this film centers itself around the failed attempts, and successful forays in leading an armed and bloody revolution to eject the corrupt leaders from their throne of power in Beijing.

Sharing director duties with Zhang Li, Jackie Chan despite being his 100th film which you may think the limelight should fall on him, somehow successfully dissolves into his General Huang Xing role, and didn't mind playing second fiddle to both Winston Chao's Sun Yat-sen and the life-changing events that unfolded in 1911. In many scenes you'll forget about Chan being Chan in his charismatic presence, even toning down his usual repertoire of stunts and moves that he's so well known for in his films, to ground himself very much in reality given it's an historical epic, providing only a glimpse of his old self in just a single scene no doubt to trademark this as a Jackie Chan flick. It's an admirable effort of restraint here, and once again allows Chan to showcase his serious side and acting chops since his successful Little Big Soldier.

The narrative also unfolded fairly evenly, with the first third of it unfolding in an interesting use of time and space rather than what you would think would be the usual chronological unravelling of events. I guess it goes to show the coming of age and maturing of contemporary Chinese mainstream cinema in adopting more creative techniques to their art and craft, and this dedication to accuracy and details show. With classy visual effects and beautiful art direction, the entire film became like a walk through time and history, with stuff you read about in the history books being brought alive. The film tried to cover as much ground as possible, and realistically read like a fast-forwarded synopsis of given key milestones being played out on screen, and the rest breezed through in the use of many inter-titles to fill in the gaps between scenes, which you may need a magnifying glass to read.

And where would the fun be if not for its ensemble cast, some inevitably only get limited air time, such as Ye Shao Qun, Jaycee Chan and Dennis To in very blink and you miss moments. Sun Chun playing Yuan Shikai almost steals the show with his portrayal as the power-hungry general who is biding his time with his allegiance, holding the Qing court ransom with his demands, and stalling his actions for the rebels, providing that level of political intrigue as a shaky alliance based on promises and the integrity of men come into play. Joan Chen also excelled in her role as the Empress Dowager (to think that many years back she was the Queen in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor) and was a delight to watch how ineffective the entire dynasty rule had become behind the closed doors of the Forbidden City, while the other female actress in Li Bingbing as the wife of Huang Xing came off as far too lightweight in her nursing role. Winson Chao continues in his typecast role as Sun Yat-sen, portraying him in umpteenth film projects, though at no point you'll doubt his charismatic air and gravitas brought into the role.

1911 challenges Chinese filmmakers to dig deep into their history to tell stories based on its own contemporary, formative years. Even Singapore is finally getting into the act with its own 1965 film project, and I suppose any film industry worth its grain in salt would have these films lined up under its filmography that allows for a critical and artistic look at troubled times before, the ideals held then, and the struggles many took to bring us to where we are today. It may not be Jackie Chan's flashiest role or film, but definitely one of his classiest and dignified one yet. Highly recommended!

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