Jackie Chan's 100th film gets release
Well Go USA brings 1911 into the North American Market
by Lei Jin
Date Published: 02/18/2011
Jackie Chan at 2010's Berlinale. Photo courtesy of Jackiechan.com
Actor Jackie Chan has another milestone in his future: his latest film, 1911, is being promoted as his 100th film. Premiering in October 2011, Chan has taken on two major roles: as the co-director (alongside Zhang Li) behind the camera and the star in front of the camera. The film follows the story of Sun Yat-sen, a leader of the national force who plays an important role in the founding of the Republic of China. Sun will be played by look-alike Winston Chao. Other members of the cast include Zhao Wen Xuan, Li Bingbing and Joan Chen.
With production beginning in September of last year, the movie was acquired by Well Go (North America) and Showbox (UK) at Berlinale. The distribution companies had also acquired Chan's last Chinese film, Little Big Soldier. Well Go USA hopes to tap more into the Asian community with Chan's strong market appeal.
According to Yahoo News, Well Go president Doris Pfardrescher stated, "We are honored to be part of 1911 on many levels, not only because of it's historical significance, but also because it's Jackie's 100th film. Jackie Chan is an icon, it's just thrilling for us to be able to bring this film to his Northern American fans on the same day and date as Asia's theatrical release."