1911 (film)

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1911
1911 filmposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Traditional 辛亥革命
Simplified 辛亥革命
Mandarin Xīnhài Gémìng
Cantonese San1 Hoi6 Gaap3 Ming6
Directed by Jackie Chan
Zhang Li
Produced by Wang Zhebin
Wang Tinyun
Bi Shulin
Written by Wang Xingdong
Chen Baoguang
Starring Jackie Chan
Winston Chao
Li Bingbing
Music by Ding Wei
Cinematography Zhang Li
Huang Wei
Edited by Yang Hongyu
Production
  company
JCE Movies Limited
Chang Ying Film Group Corporation
Shanghai Film Group Corporation
Shanghai Film Studio
Beijing Alnair Culture & Media
Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation
Jackie Chan International Cinema Culture Holdings
Xiaoxiang Film Studio
China City Construction Holding Group
Hebei Film Studio
Tainjin North Film Group
Media Asia Films
Huaxia Film Distribution
Distributed by Media Asia Distributions (Hong Kong)
Huaxia Film Distribution
East Film & TV Distribution (China)
Release date(s)
  • 23 September 2011 (2011-09-23) (China[1])
  • 29 September 2011 (2011-09-29) (Hong Kong[2])
Running time 125 minutes
Country China
Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
English
Budget US$30 million[3]

1911, also known as Xinhai Revolution and The 1911 Revolution, is a 2011 Chinese historical drama film.[4] The film is a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution. It is also Jackie Chan's 100th film in his career.[5] Besides starring in it, Chan is also the executive producer and co-director of the film. Co-stars include Chan's son Jaycee Chan, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Joan Chen and Hu Ge. This film was selected to open the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival.[6]

Plot[edit]

The story closely follows key events of the Xinhai Revolution, with focus on Huang Xing and Sun Yat-sen, beginning with the Wuchang Uprising of 1911, from the Second Guangzhou Uprising (on 27 April 1911) through military engagements between revolutionary and Qing Dynasty forces, the deaths of the 72 martyrs, and scenes of political-economic manoeuvring, to the election of Sun Yat-sen as provisional president of the new Provisional Republic of China, followed by news of the abdication of the last Qing emperor Puyi (signed on his behalf by Empress Dowager Longyu) on 12 February 1912, when Sun Yat-sen stepped down and Yuan Shikai became the new provisional president in Beijing on 10 March 1912.

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Production[edit]

Production started on 29 September 2010 in Fuxin, Liaoning, where a camera rolling ceremony was held.[5] After half a year of intense production, it wrapped on 20 March 2011 in Sanya, Hainan.[7]

Release[edit]

The film was released on 23 September 2011 in China[1] and on 29 September 2011 in Hong Kong.[2] It opened the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival on 22 October 2011.[6] It was released in its original version to theaters across the United States and Canada on 7 October 2011.

Reception[edit]

1911 received generally negative reviews; it currently holds a 9% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[8] On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, it holds 37/100, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews,[9] e.g. on the Opionator.[10]

The Economist noted that while the film was endorsed by the Chinese government officials, ticket sales have been poor. It also noted that the film avoided sensitive topics, such as on the reforms which led to the 1911 revolution.[11]

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