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.
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Here’s the official synopsis:
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