20 March 2011
Jackie Chan: 100 Movies Later: ‘1911’ Celebrates 100 Years Since The Chinese Revolution
Few movie stars have the ability to keep a career alive as has the 56 year old Jackie Chan. September 26, 2011 will be the premier of his latest movie ‘1911’, opening in his home country of China.
Chan has delivered to the screen, time after time, movies that thrill an audience, both young and old. His charm is being able to use his enormous skills in martial arts, combined with a down to earth nature that keep audiences both laughing and sitting on the edge of their chairs – terrified.
Chan’s career began as a stunt man, aged 17, for acting legion, Bruce Lee, in movies such as ‘Enter The Dragon’. His big break came in China in 1976 when he won the lead role in Lo Wei.
From China Chan managed to break into the American market in the movie ‘Drunken Master’.
This year Chan’s 100th movie that takes him home to recall a time of turbulance in China’s long, complicated history.
In 1911, just 100 years ago, the Xinhai Revolution overthrew the last Chinese Emperor.
China at the time was under the control of the Qing Dynasty who had ruled the nation with an iron fist since 1644.
The dynasty had opened with a period of great prosperity and social harmony.
Yet as time moved into the middle of the 19th century corruption had tarnished the reputation of the court, the opium wars had erupted, followed by insurgencies throughout the nation.
It was 1886 as the Qing Dynasty struggled to sustain a dying economy that a young boy, Sun Yat-sen, was born into family of peasants.
As he reached his 13th birthday a passage was opened for him to study in Hawaii, after which he transferred to Hong Kong to study medicine.
Have seen the poverty experienced by his own family and those farmers throughout China Sun began a revolutionary career. His first major battle against the government was a failed revolution in Guangzhou.
Consequently he was expelled from China only to begin organizing a political platform to unite opposition parties against the ruling monarchs.
With a platform of returning land to farmers a political movement began to take shape, and by 1911 the final Chinese dynasty was overthrown, a system that had ruled China for over 2000 years.
By the end of the year Jackie Chan will spring onto our screens once again, having directed and acted in ‘1911’ a movie to celebrate 100 years since the revolution.
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