- Format: NTSC
- Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
- Subtitles: Mandarin Chinese, English
- Dubbed: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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The movie was littered with patriotic slogans and noble causes to the point it interfered with the smoothness of the production as a historical piece into a modern Chinese patriot production. The message of the revolution is of self sacrifice for the good of the nation and don't forget to keep sending those dollars back home. I felt lost a few times during the film and that the producers of the movie had less historical integrity than an Oliver Stone film. The attempt to make heroes out of everyone who participated in the revolution was over done. I kept waiting for them to cut off the emperor's head and parade it through the streets and then I got really disappointed. Seems the Chinese are not French. I could never relate to the characters.
That is the historical basis for the film and the makers did try to get as much of their version of history across as possible. A lot of the reasons for the revolt were an accumulation of grievances and the out moded feudal system that still persisted by the Manchu minority ruling over the Han majority; this is not really touched upon in the film. What we do have is the work of revolutionary fund raiser Sun Yat Sen played by Winston Chao, and his efforts to thwart more foreign aid going to the Qing's coffers. There is also the internal politics and screaming self interest that goes on at the Imperial court.
All of this is balanced fairly well with lots of fighting that is done in that colour filter way to add realism and on the whole is very good. The problem here is speed and editing. Every time a new character or location appears we have small print sub titles coming up in both Mandarin and English. Not only are they nigh on impossible to read on even a large TV, they also appear for a few seconds whilst at the same time the other subs for the dialogue appear too. Even using the pause button it was still a bit of a chore.
Then we have the foreigners who are all cardboard cut outs and played by some D list drama school drop outs, they even all appear to be dubbed; which is woeful.Read more ›
The film has been made from a Chinese perspective. The people portrayed are well known figures to educated Chinese viewers, and the events recalled by almost all from school history books. For the western viewer who might be less well versed in Chinese revolutionary history the film will seem to move too quickly and with insufficient explanation. I recommend that you familiarize yourself with this period of history before watching.
But at the end of the day, it is really only one for history buffs who already have some interest in the period.
However, I didn't really enjoy this movie to be honest.
Jackie himself was not to blame for this I just felt the movie itself was very hard to follow. It felt as though we had a battle scene, followed by some political argument over money & funding, then back to another battle, more talking political debates, etc etc.
Maybe it was just me but I felt that someone going into this movie with no knowledge of the event in history would, as did I, find it very hard to keep track of what was going on.
Worth a watch but NOT a must watch for fan's of Jackie.
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A good understanding of Chinese history by watching this film one of my favourite films to datePublished 4 months ago by Colin britt
Nice to see Jackie Chan in a serious role rather than a martial arts film. He ought to do more of these type of films to show his potential as a serious actor. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Julian Wright
GOOD POTENTIAL BUT NOT TOO CLEAR FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT ALREADY KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE REVOLUTIONPublished 23 months ago by Rebekah