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on 8 November 2010
Jackie chans return to asia singnals one of his best film in a while, Jackie chan shines as a cowardice character he delivers his usaul comic facials of the past and this as close as you would get to something similar to his past films. Though less hard hitting and featuring less stunts it none the less entertains with Chans brillant choreography. Chan ducks and weaves through obstacles to evade attacks rather than handling them head on and the athletic movements are a joy to watch. Wang Lee hom is in top form and he is given the opportunity shine in some well executed sword fights. fight scenes are top quality but occur less often than one would expect from jackie chan films, but this is a case of quality rather than quantity.

part comedy part tradegy it succeeds on both levels, Chan demonstrates great comic timing and his likable persona shines through in his perfromance. the film may seem like an epic but it is rather confined to the two leads which as you progress through the film you grow attached to each one, in fact it is similar to road movie.

by no means is the film perfect, during a small segment the introduction of a female character adds nothing to the proceedings and in fact hinders progression but this is minor gripe.

Chan fans will love this but none fans will also get a kick out of it, the fights are tight and well choreographed, acting is in fine form, direction is good and visually it is stunning. you will laugh and cry through moments of the film, highly recommened.
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on 5 January 2011
Jackie Chan came up with the idea of 'Little,Big Soldier about 20 years ago.He stars as a peasent soldier,who dosn't want to be in a war and would like to become a farmer.He seizes the chance of just that when he comes across the injured general of the enemy and tries to return home with the general for his reward. What transpires is type of road trip with heart and a shock/emotional ending.Expect all the great trade mark J.C. stunts,action and awsome staged 'swordplay'
It is a very welcome return for Jackie to Hong Kong Cinema and has elements of 'Gladiator' but with sprinklings of comedy.So If you Liked J.C.'s early classic stuff,I am sure that you will enjoy this movie.
As for The Blu-ray,stunning picture & sound and the brilliant special features including a fasinating full length behind the scenes and interviews. It can be watched with English dubbing (Jackie seems to has a younger man's voice over!!) The Subtitles are easy to follow too. Watch out also for the Music video showing Jackie singing the catchy title song.Yes J.C sings!!and by the way, he has sung a lot of the themes for his movies too.
Highly Recommended Movie & Blu-ray
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While it doesn't have much in the way of the kind of groundbreaking stunts that made his reputation and doesn't always work as well as it could, taken as a whole Little Big Soldier is the best thing Jackie Chan has done in years. Like Shanghai Noon, it was a pet project that was kicking around for decades before it all came together: so long, in fact, that Chan ended up playing a different part to the one he originally intended, ending up as the pragmatic old soldier pulling every trick and scam he knows to survive the vicious civil wars that would finally see China bloodily united. The last of his family line, his dreams of getting out of the army, buying a small farm, finding a wife and starting a family suddenly look like a real possibility when, after faking his death in a battle that sees both sides annihilated, he stumbles across an enemy general and tries to take him back to his own lines for his reward - pursued by bears, bandits, tribesmen and the ruthless traitors who set up the general's defeat to usurp his position and want to finish off the job. Naturally along the way the two men learn from each other - Leehom Wang's young general that for those who fight and die for him an honorable death is less important than a good life, Chan that there is some value in honor - without ever quite losing their determination to outwit the other.

It's well-worn territory and certainly sentimental, but it's honest sentiment made all the more affecting by being set in a convincingly war-ravaged country sparsely populated by shell-shocked people out to survive any way they can. Despite the odd nod to Kurosawa (albeit the rarely unleashed knockabout comedy Kurosawa), it's really a Western in disguise, with tribes of nomads standing in for the Indians, but it's also a timeless anti-war fable that could just as easily be set in the American Civil War, the Wars of the Roses or the fall of Carthage. There's enough action along the way to keep things entertaining, and if Chan isn't as fast as he used to be there's still some ingenuity in the choreography of a fight for a sword neither man can get hold of long enough to wield or an escape from some slave-trading natives while they're distracted with a skirmish of their own, though unfortunately there are also some particularly nasty horse falls that clearly aren't faked even after two seconds were cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty (Asian films don't put much of a premium on animal welfare). Director Sheng Ding is great at action and emotion, but poor at visual comedy, with the various gizmos Chan uses to fake death - retractable arrows, fake blood - never quite presented to the best effect, but he gets enough right to redeem his failings, with the ending - surprisingly bleak for a Chan film - packing quite an emotional punch.

It's the best thing Chan has done for years.

The extras package on the UK DVD and BluRay release does unfortunately somewhat flatter to deceive. Whereas the Asian releases were light on extras - a couple of featurettes totalling 20 minutes, music video and stills gallery - CineAsia's UK release seems to be much more substantial but unfortunately suffers from a severe case of soundbiteitis. Aside from the Bey Logan audio commentary the extras are simply elements from the EPK (Electronic Press Kit) provided to TV channels - 7 x two-minute featurettes, 20 x 30-second featurettes (neither, frustratingly, with a play all option and with subtitles that aren't overly widescreen TV friendly), 69 minutes of raw behind the scenes b-roll footage and 11 soundbite cast and crew interviews, plus teaser trailer, full trailer, 2 TV spots and a music video. There's not much substance there, as if nobody could be bothered to assemble them once the film was finished. Just to add to the disappointment, the BluRay also suffers from that most inexplicable of recent phenomenons, tiny subtitles. They're not as absurdly unreadably small as the ones on the Red Cliff UK BluRay but they're still much smaller than they need to be - and presented partially over the picture area rather than on the black border below. (The bonus digital copy from their DVD release is not present on the BluRay, but since digital copies may well be the most pointless DVD extra ever that's no great loss.)
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on 7 January 2011
Jackie Chan stars as a Liang peasant soldier who along with a Wei General (Leehom Wang) is the solve suvivor of a bloody battle. He then comes up with the idea of taking the General back to his home town to get a cash reward so he can have enough money to buy a 5 acre farm. As they progress on their journey they slowly become friends but things are made worse as they are pursed by enermy soldiers who want the General dead!

This isn't the typical Jackie Chan film, although it does have its jokey moments (the usual Chan style fight sequences) but it also has it's dark and grim aswell, which makes this film all the more entertaining.

I did laugh a couple of times out loud at some of the incidents featuring Chan as he trys to avoid been killed. Their are no big battle sequences but the action is still very well made and enjoyable throughout.

The music score didnt really stand out to me but I did like the catchy theme song which was sung by Chan himself. This is a highly entertaining film that i'd recommend any Jackie Chan fan get their hands on.
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on 18 May 2013
This is a Fantastic Movie!!! I am not just saying this because i'm a massive, Jackie & Hong Kong Action Fan, but i'm saying it because of the Plot. As iv already said i'm a huge Fan of Hong Kong Action, especially the early Shaw Brothers productions, and also the early Golden Harvest Productions. When you have seen as many Asian Action Movies, from way back to present day as i have, then you have pretty much seen all the Stunts & Kung Fu Styles of the Movie World! So nothing is new anymore. I am not trying to say that the Genre is Dead, far from it!!! But no matter how entertaining the Movie may be, it has been done before, regarding Action, Stunts and Fighting. This Movie however has so much Depth and Meaning in it! If you can look past the Basic Plot and Action, to look a little deeper, there is so much Philosophy in this Movie i.e Meaning of ones Life, Choices we make, How paths cross, What is real Status or Achievement, Morals, the Worth of things and the path we Tread in this Life! I could go on and on with this. The Movie has a definite Beauty and Depth, so anyone who takes a interest in Eastern Philosophy such as Zen Buddhism, Buddhism or Taoism will see a lot here, below the surface of this Movie. This alone sets it out as a special Movie to me, and a definite one of a kind for a Jackie Movie!!! It is easily my favorite of his Post 80's Movies to date. This Movie for the Plot and Depth alone, was a real Joy to Watch! And trowing Jackie with his Action and Humor in to boot, was a stroke of Genius. This is one of the finest Asian Action Movies ever, yet surprisingly not at all for the Action, even though it was Jackie at his Best at points!!!! Fantastic work Mr Chan, i Love it!!!
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on 11 November 2011
I was introduced to Jackie Chan movies long before he made it big in Hollywood and will always love those classics of his from the 70s and 80s, like Drunken Master and Police Story. That's not to say that he wasn't good in his recent Hollywood outings - he still shames all of his co-stars with his impeccable comic timing - but the films just felt empty some how.

Little Big Soldier, though, is simultaneously a hark back to his roots whilst being a standing proof of Jackie's evolution as an actor (yes, he's actually acting now, instead of gurning inbetween the stunts and fight scenes). The other reviews will give you a competent enough synopsis of the plot, but I want to say that this movie both exceeded and defied my expectations. Jackie may have slowed down a bit and isn't doing those massive set-piece stunts that we know and love, but he still retains that unbeatable imagination for choreography and physical comedy and has learned to temper it with some genuine pathos.

The film pulls you from laughing to crying and back to laughing again so quickly that you feel like you're being tossed and turned about in one of the fights yourself. You may even end up crying by the end, but nevertheless recommend it to your friends and family as still being a comedy. Truth be told, it's both a comedy and a tradegy - but your opinion on which it is entirely depends on your outlook on life, movies and Jackie Chan. Buy it, watch it, love it!
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on 8 November 2011
*Spoiler Alert* This review may contain spoilers.

Written and produced by Jackie Chan, this comic-action film is based on the story of a soldier (Jackie Chan) and a general (Leehom Wang), who were the two sole survivors of a battle between two warring states, during the dark Warring State Period of ancient China between 475-221BC, when warlords fought among themselves for territories and millions perished. The soldier held the wounded general captive and attempted to take him back to his land to claim his reward. The soldier was a humble farmer forcibly conscripted into the army; the general, on the other hand, turned out to be the crown prince of the enemy state. During the long journey, the two developed a reluctant bond, as they encountered wild animals, bandits, and other dangers, while being pursued by the brother of the crown prince and his men, who was determined to kill them in order to ascend to the throne. Leehom Wang plays the condescending general with wit and humor, but the one to watch is Jackie Chan. He surely knows how to act. I used to think that he was mostly an action actor, but his comic acting ability shines through in this film. Don't miss out on this excellent Little Big Soldier DVD.
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on 12 March 2017
Best comedy martial art technique shown along with a lovely emotional relationship relating to blood or country love shown by Jackie Chan in this DVD. All junior actors are so amazing, best performance by them the first time
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on 15 August 2013
Based on an idea from Jackie Chan himself and relating to the formation of China as a nation in 221BC this is a really good film about a hapless soldier and a formidable warrior that form an unlikely alliance following a massacre of soldiers from opposing armies. The film is let down slightly by confusing dream sequences and the introduction of a weird dancing girl into the storyline for no apparent reason, Jackie plays the ignorant foot soldier to a tee though and although it is unusual to see Jackie so useless in many of the fight scenes i would recommend this film to martial arts fans.
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on 6 November 2011
How many people get the message after watching the film? Yeah the film is funny enough but has its meaningful side.

China,in ancient time was a country always had wars-wars between warlords and ethnics.

There have been approximately about 56 ethnics in China and there have been conflicts between different ethnics along history...

Chan, quite obvious, is telling us at the end that ordinary people just want to live a normal life that, not everyone wants to be hero.

After Qi conquered Liang and Wei and other states,the country united eventually.

Indeed individual glory should not be placed before national pride.Together the country stands.
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