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Da bing xiao jiang (2010)

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An old soldier kidnaps a young general of an enemy state and takes him on a long journey to collect the reward.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Soldier
... the General
Sung-jun Yoo ... Prince Wen (as Steve Yoo)
... Songster
Yuming Du ... Guard Wu (as Du Yu Ming)
Song Jin ... Lou Fan Wei
Xiao Dong Mei ... Lou Fan Yan (as Xu Dong Mei)
Ken Lo ... Guard Yong (as Low Houl Kang)
... Captain Yu (as Yu Rong Guang)
... Beggar Head
... Messenger (as Wang Beo Qiang)
Ben Niu ... the Scholar
Alan Ng ... Guard Zhuo
Jack Tu ... Imperial Bodyguard
Haixiang Wang ... Imperial Bodyguard (as Wang Hai Xiang)
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Two armies clash in ancient war-torn China; none survive but a young general from a royal house and a farmer foot soldier who binds the fallen leader to take him home and claim a reward. Many stand in their way: an abandoned songstress, the noble's own murderous younger brother, desperate beggars, rough slavers, and the pair's own differing agendas. Through it all, a bond forms between the two, and what will happen at journey's end becomes anyone's guess. Written by statmanjeff

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Rated PG-13 for violence and action | See all certifications »

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14 February 2010 (China)  »

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Little Big Soldier  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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CNY 15,000,000 (China), 14 February 2010
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Trivia

Director Ding Sheng and Jackie Chan's first collaboration. See more »

Goofs

Approximately 55 minutes into film you can see cacti on the tops of & growing alongside the ruined town walls. Cacti are not native to China and were only introduced in the 1800's AD. The story line would coincide with approximately 300BC. A difference of almost 2000 years. See more »

Quotes

the General: So tell me, what's your type? Slutty or learned?
The Soldier: I prefer someone honest. A learned one is fine. She can teach me to read.
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Little soldier with a big heart...
30 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

Another goal by Jackie Chan. Not only does this movie deliver the usual martial arts extravaganza that is trademark of his movies, but it also delivers a really interesting story that is not just slack-stick humor. And that is a really great trait to the movie, and a great step towards the right approach for a movie of this type.

The story is about a peasant soldier in the Liang army (played by Jackie Chan) who saves himself from slaughter in a massive battle by feigning his death. As luck would have it, he manages to find a surviving general of the Wei army (played by Leehom Wang), the soldier seems to have it made, as he can hand in his captive for land and profit. But the road back to Liang is long and treacherous - the king's men are out searching for the missing general and the land is not at all a friendly place in itself.

A great story that Jackie Chan came up with here and it has been masterfully put to the screen. The story offers great action and just the right amount of comedy without it becoming too much in the usual genre that Jackie Chan operates.

What really makes "Little Big Soldier" work out is the chemistry and dialogue between the soldier and the general on their hard and long trek back towards Liang. And the spectacular landscape and scenery really adds a lot of flavor to the movie, and it is like you are right there back in time in ancient China.

This is one of the better Jackie Chan movies in the recent years, and it is great to see him take on other roles this late in his career. "Little Big Soldier" is well worthy of a place in the DVD collection of any fans of Jackie Chan or of Asian ancient war history movies in general.


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