See Jackie Chan Be All Serious in ‘1911’ Trailer

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a Jackie Chan flick. Maybe all those Medallion/The Forbidden Kingdom movies has made me less enthusiastic about him as an action superstar. It’s good to see him back in a Hong Kong flick, only this time, it’s going to be a different side of Jackie Chan that we’re not used to seeing, his serious side. Sure he’s done some serious roles, but they all have a slight touch of comedy to them. This one looks to be “all” serious.

In the movie 1911, Jackie Chan plays Chinese revolutionary leader Huang Xing, who helps in leading the Chinese Revolutionary Alliance to victory against the Qing Dynasty and its Imperial army.


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’s future in the process. Huang Xing (Chan) has recently returned from Japan, where he has studied the art of modern warfare. When he finds his country falling apart, he feels he has no choice but to pick up the sword, leading an increasingly desperate series of violent rebellions against the powerful Qing Dynasty and the New Army- several with tragic consequences. From the walls of the Forbidden City to the battlefields of China, with no expense spared in production and no detail ignored in its quest for historical accuracy, 1911 is a true epic in every sense of the word.

1911 will be released in North America on October 7, 2011. This movie will be Jackie Chan’s 100th movie (Now that’s a lot of movies). Jackie Chan also co-directed and and is executive producer for the film.

You can also check out Jackie Chan in another Hong Kong epic called Shaolin, starring himself and Andy Lau. It’s set to be a limited release this year.


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