Jackie Chan's 100th film, 1911, premieres in North America this Friday
1911 will be released in the US and Canada on October 14.
by Liuyi (Luisa) Chen
Date Published: 10/13/2011
Jackie Chan and Fan Bingbing in 1911. Photo courtesy of 1911movie.com.
Jackie Chan, actor and well-known representative of Chinese martial arts in Hollywood, is coming back to the North American big screens this Friday, October 14, with his latest project, 1911 (辛亥革命). The big budget film depicts the Chinese Revolution, also known as the Xinhai Revolution. Jackie Chan plays the infamous Chinese revolutionary leader Huang Xing, Fan Bingbing plays his wife, Winston Chao plays Sun Yat-sen, Joan Chen plays Empress Dowager Longyu, and Chan's son Jaycee Chan plays Zhang Zhenwu. Jackie Chan is not only the lead actor in the film, but he is also the co-director (alongside Zhang Li, the cinematographer for John Woo's Red Cliff) and executive producer.
Jackie Chan appeared in his first film Big and Little Wong Tin Bar when he was only 8 years old. In the last half a century, he has earned him a name and reputation that is well-known internationally -- from his work starring in Hong Kong kung fu classics (Drunken Master, the Police Story series) to Hollywood crossover works (Rumble in the Bronx and the Rush Hour series). Most recently, he has earned fans in a new generation with the The Karate Kid remake, co-starring Jaden Smith.
While Chan has directed over ten films over his career, this is his first directorial work in over ten years, since Jackie Chan's Who Am I? in 1998.
1911 was released in China on September 23 and Hong Kong on September 29. It will be released in the US and Canada on October 13. For more information, go to the film's official website.