Upcoming Chinese historical epic ‘1911’ marks the hundredth film project from industry idol Jackie Chan.
Not only that, the release of ‘1911’ will mark the centennial of the Wuchang uprising which led to the establishment of the Republic of China. The rights to the film have been purchased by Well Go USA and plans have been made to release the film theatrically in the USA on the same date as the release in China. Plans to release the film in the UK haven’t been finalised.
The Wuchang Uprising is the name given to the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty by Sun Yat-sen’s forces one hundred years ago. ‘1911’ co-directed by Jackie Chan and Red Cliff cinematographer Zhang Li and also known as ‘Xinhai Revolution’ retells this historical event . The film stars Jackie Chan as Huang Xing and Chinese actor Zhao Wen Xuan as Sun Yat-sen. Taiwanese actress Feng-Jiao Lin, and Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee Chan also feature.
President of Well Go distribution company Doris Pfardrescher told The Hollywood Reporter, “Jackie Chan is an icon and it’s just thrilling for us to be able to bring this film to his North American fans on the same day and date as Asia’s theatrical release.”
Previously, Armor of God 3 was scheduled to be Jackie Chan’s 100th film but was conveniently pushed back to a 2012 release allowing Chan to mark his career centennial with this nationally significant and dramatic role.
Sources: The Independent, Twitch Films, The Hollywood Reporter, via Asian Movie Pulse