This film represents the 100th milestone of movies for Jackie Chan. It is a historical drama set in 1911 as the Chinese people begin to revolt against the Qing dynasty. As a child emperor takes the throne, they have ruled the country for 250 years. The real ruler of the country is Empress Dowager Longyu. Famine is sweeping the land and warring factions fight in battle. The army of the throne begins to target the rebels and the waning dynasty begins rampant trading with foreign countries. Huang Xing returns from studies of modern warfare in Japan. He realizes the only hope for his country is to topple the Qing dynasty but this action will be devastating for the common people.
I found it very difficult to pay attention to this film. It goes back and forth between intense battle scenes and discussions. Seems like too little payoff for reading the subtitles and I don’t know much more about the revolution. 2* (I didn’t like this movie)
99 min, Action directed by Jackie Chan, Li Zhang with Jackie Chan, Lee Bing Bing, Winston Chao, Joan Chen, Jaycee Chan, Dennis Tao, Wu Jiang, Ning Jing.
Note: Blockbuster 2 ½*, imdb 5.8 out of 10, 9% critic 32% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.