Little Big Soldier

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Little Big Soldier
LittleBigSoldierPoster.jpg
International poster
Directed by Ding Sheng
Produced by Jackie Chan
Written by Jackie Chan
Starring
Distributed by
Release date(s)
  • February 14, 2010 (2010-02-14) (China)
  • February 25, 2010 (2010-02-25) (Hong Kong)
Running time 96 minutes
Country
  • China
  • Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
Budget US$25 million

Little Big Soldier (simplified Chinese: 大兵小将; traditional Chinese: 大兵小將; pinyin: Dà Bīng Xiǎo Jiàng; Jyutping: Daai6 Bing1 Siu2 Zeong1) is a 2010 action comedy film directed by Ding Sheng and produced and written by Jackie Chan, also starring Chan and Leehom Wang. The film was produced with a budget of US$25 million[1] and filmed between January 2009 and April 2009 in filming spots of Yunnan, China. According to Chan, the film has been stuck in development hell for over 20 years.[2]

Little Big Soldier takes place during the Warring States period of China, and tells the story of three men and a horse.[1] An old foot soldier (Chan) and a young high-ranking general from a rival state (Wang) become the only survivors of a ruthless battle. The soldier decides to capture the general and bring him back to his own state in hopes for a reward in return.[3]

Plot[edit]

On December 1, 2009, a press conference was held for the film, along with Chan's announcement of a new teaser trailer posted on the film's official Sina website. Twitch also released a plot synopsis of the film:[4]

Cast[edit]

Newcomer Lin Peng was chosen as the film's lead actress.

Production[edit]

Little Big Soldier was a joint production of China's Polybona Films and Hong Kong's JCE Movies Limited, a company set up by Jackie Chan in 2003. The film is notable to have been in production for over 20 years. Chan had wanted to perform in and write a comedic film that took place in a historical background since the 1980s, when Hong Kong action cinema was rising in prominence.

Casting[edit]

Chan originally had Daniel Wu in mind to play the part of the young general, but Chan disregarded that thought after realising that he had already filmed two movies earlier with Wu. Joan Lin, Chan's wife, suggested their son Jaycee Chan, but Chan was highly against it. Lin later suggested Leehom Wang, whom Chan agreed to immediately.[5]

Video Game[edit]

At a conference in Beijing on November 20, 2009, Jackie Chan announced, along with Universal Culture Limited and EURO WEBSOFT, that an MMO is being released to promote the film. Chan and Wang's characters in the game were also shown at the conference.[6] On January 26, 2010, the MMO went online under the name FLASH Little Big Soldier (Chinese: FLASH大兵小將).[7] It is free to play under an account subscription. However, the game is available only in Chinese.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Al Young (2009-04-09). "Jackie Chan + Three Guys + Horse = Big Soldier". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  2. ^ "Jackie Chan and Leehom Wang appear for Little Big Soldier". HDZXQ (in Chinese). 2009-05-16. 
  3. ^ Mark Pllard. "First look at Jackie Chan's Little Big Soldier". Kungfu cinema. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  4. ^ Al Young (2009-12-01). "Second teaser for Jackie Chan's LITTLE BIG SOLDIER". Twitch. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Jackie Chan refuses to work with his son in new film". Sina (in Chinese). 2009-04-07. 
  6. ^ http://www.jackiechan.com/news/832963--Jackie-Promotes-Little-Big-Soldier-Video-Game
  7. ^ http://dbxj.mmo9.com/

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