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First trailer for Jackie Chan's historical drama 1911

09.21.2011

Usually when you hear the phrase "Jackie Chan movie," you either think of an action film, or an action/comedy film. The "historical drama" genre doesn't really come to mind.

But Chan is getting older now, and a bit more serious. He's co-directed a new film with Li Zhang, and the first trailer for it is below. 1911 tells the story of a historical rebellion in Chan's native China, and though there is definitely action involved, it's not Chan's usual fare in any sense.

Check out the minute long spot for the film below, and under that there's the official full length plot synopsis if you want to know more.

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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 (Jackie 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.

Extra Tidbit: Favorite Chan film? That's tough. I really loved DRUNKEN MASTER.
Source: JoBlo.com

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12:20AM on 09/22/2011
meals on wheels.
meals on wheels.
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11:54PM on 09/21/2011

Tidbit..

1) Police story and Police story part 2
2) Project A
3) Armor of God part 2.....
1) Police story and Police story part 2
2) Project A
3) Armor of God part 2.....
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8:38PM on 09/21/2011

Jackie Chan Who am I?

first Strike, Drunken Master and a host of others... but only if he's doing his own stunts.
first Strike, Drunken Master and a host of others... but only if he's doing his own stunts.
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5:24PM on 09/21/2011
Drunken Master
Drunken Master
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4:21PM on 09/21/2011

Favorite Jackie Chan movie

Well, have to make it movies. Their likes Lays potato chips, you can't have just one. Top of list would be Police Staory. Love Rumble In The Bronx and always have a spot in my heart for First Strike.
Well, have to make it movies. Their likes Lays potato chips, you can't have just one. Top of list would be Police Staory. Love Rumble In The Bronx and always have a spot in my heart for First Strike.
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8:36PM on 09/21/2011
First Strike kicked ass all over the place
First Strike kicked ass all over the place
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4:14PM on 09/21/2011
This looks pretty interesting. I like Rumble in the Bronx, but I always had a soft spot for Meals on Wheels.
This looks pretty interesting. I like Rumble in the Bronx, but I always had a soft spot for Meals on Wheels.
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4:02PM on 09/21/2011
Looks good. It's always good to see Chan step into something besides martial arts roles. Favorite Chan film? That's pretty tough. Probably Police Story, Drunken Master 2, New Police Story, and Robin B Hood.
Looks good. It's always good to see Chan step into something besides martial arts roles. Favorite Chan film? That's pretty tough. Probably Police Story, Drunken Master 2, New Police Story, and Robin B Hood.
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4:02PM on 09/21/2011
Correction, Rob-B-Hood.
Correction, Rob-B-Hood.
3:40PM on 09/21/2011
looks good, Jackie looks as bad ass as ever. tidbit: would have to say Rumble in the Bronx is pretty up there for me
looks good, Jackie looks as bad ass as ever. tidbit: would have to say Rumble in the Bronx is pretty up there for me
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3:15PM on 09/21/2011
My favorite Jackie Chan movie is the one where he does his own stunts.
My favorite Jackie Chan movie is the one where he does his own stunts.
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1:55PM on 09/21/2011
I'll always be a Jackie Chan fan. My favs are Drunken Master 2, Police Story 1 and 2, Dragons Forever. I hope he starts directing more. 100 films and counting. Impressive.
I'll always be a Jackie Chan fan. My favs are Drunken Master 2, Police Story 1 and 2, Dragons Forever. I hope he starts directing more. 100 films and counting. Impressive.
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1:32PM on 09/21/2011

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Having seen a ton (but not all) of Jackie Chan's movies, I'm going to go with 'The Drunken Master' (classic), 'The Fearless Hyena' (probably his best overall movie), and my personal favorite; 'Half A Loaf Of Kung-Fu'!!
Having seen a ton (but not all) of Jackie Chan's movies, I'm going to go with 'The Drunken Master' (classic), 'The Fearless Hyena' (probably his best overall movie), and my personal favorite; 'Half A Loaf Of Kung-Fu'!!
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11:55PM on 09/21/2011
Half a Loaf of kung fu is his funniest movie till date.... :)
Half a Loaf of kung fu is his funniest movie till date.... :)
1:01PM on 09/21/2011
I am very intrigued by this. I'm really hoping this can be the film to the early Chinese revolutions as "Reds" was to the Russian Revolution. Plus it will be great to see Chan in such a dramatic and important role.
I am very intrigued by this. I'm really hoping this can be the film to the early Chinese revolutions as "Reds" was to the Russian Revolution. Plus it will be great to see Chan in such a dramatic and important role.
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12:43PM on 09/21/2011
Extra tidbit: Always love "Rumble in the Bronx".
Extra tidbit: Always love "Rumble in the Bronx".
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12:36PM on 09/21/2011

As much as I love Jackie...

He should stay in China to make movies where he is truly passionate about them. Forget about America. We'll just waste his talents like every other successful Asian actor. I'd much rather prefer this over a sequel to The Spy Next Door.
He should stay in China to make movies where he is truly passionate about them. Forget about America. We'll just waste his talents like every other successful Asian actor. I'd much rather prefer this over a sequel to The Spy Next Door.
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