Jackie Chan’s “1911″ has shown that the Kung Fu legend is still capable of growing as an artist. The film is less of a traditional Kung Fu actioner and more of a serious historical drama with, of course, a healthy dose of action featuring Chan as Huang Xing, a scholar studying the art of warfare who is forced to take up the sword and lead the charge in a violent rebellion against the out of touch seven year old emperor of the Qing Dynasty.
The movie is a far cry from “Drunken Master,” or “Armour of God.” Much less a goofy slapstick adventure, “1911″ shows a very serious and somber side of the star in a film that is violent, angry, epic and most terrifyingly, quite true. The film serves as both entertaining spectacle and a frightening commentary on governments that seem to grow less and less concerned with the well being of the people over the decades.
Co-directed by Chan himself, Chan’s 100th film “1911″ has finally been released on DVD and showcases a new side to the legendary performer as well as a piece of Chinese history that deserves some real discussion.