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Rating: 4.5 stars

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Seen on: 12/16/2020

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1911 (2011)

Directed by Jackie Chan, Zhang Li

Action | History | War

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Overview

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 is completely out of touch after 250 years of unquestioned power. Huang Xing 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.

Rated R | Length 121 minutes

Actors

Joan Chen | Wu Jiang | Jackie Chan | Winston Chao | Jaycee Chan | Li Bingbing | Dennis To Yue-Hong | Mei Ting | Sun Chun | Ning Jing | Wang Ziwen | Yu Shaoqun | Li Dongxue | Hu Ge | Wei Zongwan | Tao Zeru | Simon Dutton | Wang Lu-Yao | Huang Zhizhong | James Lee Guy | Xie Gang | Xing Jiadong

Viewing Notes

It made me want to read up on the China’s history, specifically the transition to nationalism from imperialism but the movie itself is pretty flat. Everything felt rushed and not enough time given to really dig into what’s going on and why. Part of that may be my general lack of knowledge of the era but still.

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