Jackie Chan, consummate martial arts expert and global superstar, is taking on perhaps his biggest role yet. In 1911, Chan will portray Huang Xing, the first commander-in-chief of the army of the Republic of China, the right hand man of Sun Yat-Sen (played by Winston Chao). The story of 1911 is being marketed as a historically accurate portrayal of the early 20th century rebellion of the Chinese people against the Qing Dynasty and interfering Western influences. That last part is particularly interesting as it seems that 1911 will have the same day-and-date release both in the US and in China.
While this may not actually be Jackie Chan’s 100th film, the revolutionary war epic is being billed as such. 1911 also stars Li Bingbing as Xuzong Han, Xing’s wife. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and movie poster.
Jackie Chan’s next film, the historical epic 1911, is billed as his 100th feature. This appears to be mostly marketing math to capitalize on the centennial of the subject matter, “the founding of the Republic of China when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen (Winston Chao) overthrew the Qing Dynasty.” The first trailer is online, and looks suitably heroic.
Chan co-directed the movie with cinematographer Zhang Li (Red Cliff). 1911 is set for a day-and-date release in the United States and China on October 11. Watch the trailer after the break.
Jackie Chan is 57 years old. Jackie Chan’s first credit was 1964′s Big and Little Wong Tin Bar. Jackie Chan has filmed 100 movies. Let that sink in… Actually, 1911 will be billed as Chan’s hundredth project to coincide with the centennial of the film’s subject matter: “the founding of the Republic of China when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen (Winston Chao) overthrew the Qing Dynasty.” IMDB has Chan at 109 acting credits, including a few uncredited appearances and his voice gig for Kung Fu Panda. But still, nothing to sneeze at no matter the margin of error around 100.
In what THR suggests may be a first for an Asian film, international distributor Well Go USA plans to mark the occasion with a day-and-date release in China and the United States. The posters (featured after the jump) suggest October 2011 — the Wuchang Uprising launched the revolution on October 10, 1911. Chan co-directed 1911 with Red Cliff cinematographer Zhang Li.