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Jackie Chan's 100th Film to come to US Shores!

Published at: Feb. 15, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

 

Nordling here.
 
100 films.  Wow.
 
I might be in the minority on this, but I thought Jackie Chan did a great job in THE KARATE KID, showing sensitivity and a layered performance that was surprising, considering his output in recent years in his English-language films.  In many of them, he didn't seem very engaged, and some of them (THE SPY NEXT DOOR) were just awful.  We all remember the heyday of DRUNKEN MASTER II and SUPERCOP, and although he probably doesn't have the physical capabilities of those days, he can still entertain with the best in the world.
 
Now it looks like his 100th film, 1911, will be released in the United States, according to Hollywood Reporter.  The film is a period piece telling the story of the founding of the Republic of China, and Chan co-directed the film with Zhang Li.  The film is considered a more mature work for Chan, with him playing a high-ranking officer in Sun Yat-Sen's (Winston Chao) army as they overthrow the Ming Dynasty.
 
The film will be released in both China and the United States on the same day by Well Go Studios, who also released IP MAN 2 here in January.
 
Nordling, out.

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  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Post -1

    by ATARI

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Post 0

    by pushthebuttonmax

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Nordling, you are not in the minority on that one.

    by pushthebuttonmax

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Tight.

    by NLemonz

    Badass. Yeah alot of hit shit sucks balls but the dude puts some work in. Sounds like it may not suck ass either.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    His*

    by NLemonz

    Edit feature guys, c'mon. Lol and maybe me too for not spell checking and shit but still, it's 2011 people.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    He was great in the Karate Kid

    by zb.brox

    Easily the best part of the film, and that film surprisingly did not suck.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Not in the minority

    by Bass Ackwards

    Chan was fine in the role, I don't think there's anyone who complains about that film because they think Chan did a bad job? Mostly it was just a forgettable, pointless film.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Oh, and does this mean

    by Bass Ackwards

    Armor of God 3 isn't happening?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    I kind of miss Jackie Chan.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    He never really left, but I miss LOVING Jackie Chan. He was such an integral part of my love of Hong Kong Cinema in the 1990s when I discovered the back catalogue of his great films. I was having a great time when some of his previous films like "Rumble in the Bronx" and "Supercop" started appearing as New Releases in American multiplexes. I read his autobiography and he was in my Top Ten People I Wanted to Meet Before I Die. Then he came to America and his films started out like Jackie-lite and quickly moved to terrible and then to plain old unwatchable. And he stayed there. For a long, long time. I basically wrote him off, but I did really enjoy "New Police Story" and thought it was somewhat of a comeback. I enjoyed him very much in "The Karate Kid" as well. I hope to actually look forward to his films again. That would be nice.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    can't wait to see..

    by nolan bautista

    ..the blooper reel on this one!

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Jackie is slowing down (sadly)

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    His fight scenes in Rush Hour 3 were ANEMIC and sad to watch. Then again, he seemed more like his nimble old self again in The Forbidden Kingdom, so maybe he still has a few years of action roles left in him.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    RUMBLE IN THE BRONX 2

    by _Venkman

    And there better be mountains the background again

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    unicorn

    by Scottadkinsfist

    The only movie that was done with was Fearless Hyena 1 and 2. Everything else, yes, he's made about 100 films. That may not even be counting some of the Sammo Hung films. www.kiaikick.com

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    qing dynasty

    by evnvnv

    unless the film is about time travel. the ming ended in 1644.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Mr. Han

    by blackwood

    He was great. austinite pretty much summed it up.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Minority?

    by tomandshell

    He did a great job in Karate Kid and showed far more restraint than I expected. I would hope that the majority would agree.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST

    letput 100 movies into perspective

    by BadMrWonka

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST

    let's put 100 movies into perspective

    by BadMrWonka

    he was in a couple movies in the 60's as an extra, but really his first real role was in 1971. That was 40 years ago (feel old now, people in your 40's)...100 movies in 40 years is CRAZY. Clint Eastwood is 145 years old and has been fairly prolific as an actor, and he's only been in 66 movies. The only western actor in the same category as Chan is Samuel L. Jackson, who has made 132 movies in almost exactly the same timeframe as Chan. But that is nuts.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Jackie was not drunk on this one

    by rguerr2

    As with everyone else here, you are not in the minority. When I first saw the film I automatically said it was his best performance. He has made some duds in the past but I have enjoyed him since I first saw him in The Cannon Ball run back in 1981. He was the new Bruce Lee with a little comedy on the side.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Shinjuku Incident

    by HelveticaConspiracy

    Excellent Chan film from a couple years ago. Barely seen in the States. Worth hunting down. One of his most layered performances.

  • ..... because he's given the world so many classics including drunken master 1 & 2, project A 1&2, and the police story trilogy just to name a few. Even his mediocre to bad movies have at least one amazing fight, stunt or bit of physical comedy to offer and thats something that cant be said about the output of most action stars. I think that he could star in an uwe boll adaptation of plan 9 from outer space written by tommy wiseau with the assylum on producing duties and it still wouldnt to a thing to damage his legacy.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:52 a.m. CST

    bad mr wonka

    by MotherPussBucket

    Check out Christopher Lee's resumé then. His IMDB acting credits count is currently at 269 including those in production.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    *edit

    by MotherPussBucket

    BMW, only 195 of those 269 are movies.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    creepythinmanlives, didn't you see?...

    by MamboMan

    New Police Story? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386005/ Not really a continuation but more of a side story. Pretty good movie though.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    There are people who didn't rate him in..

    by u.k. star

    Karate Kid? I mean people not blinded by their nostalgic, rose tinted view of the old version? He was brilliant and on a physical level the 2010 Kid is streets ahead of the old version (which I was never ovely fond of). I also found the 2010 version better on every other level too; but it helps that I'm not a fanatic about the 1st film, and its dreadful Karate, and poor acting (daniel & Miyagi's relationship apart. Oh and I don't have a sad desire to "hate" on everything Jaden Smith does because of his dad, who I have nothing against either.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    ... Uh oh.......

    by u.k. star

    .just realised I need to clarify. The Day The Earth Stood Still remake was a terrible film. Jaden came out of it with a teeny bit more dignity than most of the others in it simply because his poorly written, one dimensional character was slightly less awful and nonsensical than the others and he played the part, bad as it was, as well as could be expected. The movie itself was a disaster. Pursuit was a great film and he was good in it and Karate kid was a very good, very entertaining film, with great choreography and very good all round performances. It also had a stronger message, better delivered than the 80's version: More than that though my daughters, who I have been "teaching" various forms of Kung Fu to for 18 months, had a similar problem with the 80s KK that I did. Poor acting apart, having had experience of both real martial arts and as many genuine martial arts movies as their ages (my age) had allowed they simply couldn't take any of the stunt work seriously; so with no "action" to distract from the generally poor acting and dialogue (again Miyagi and Daniel apart) it just isn't an easy movie to get into and neither of them (at the time 5 & 10) could be bothered to finish watching. These are kids that will sit through the paced B&W movies from the 30s and 40s as well as films with subtitles (not so much Eve who is just 5 after all) so it's nothing to do with poor taste or a lack of attention span for anyone getting ready to trot out that cliché. Now I know a lot of people love Karate Kid, that's fine, I don't think it's terrible just not that great, but please accept that many people, as many at least who loved the 80s version when it came out, love this one too. It's a far better martial arts movie at the least and a better message drama as well, I believe.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Shaolin?

    by SapGoblin

    What happened to this one???

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Great in Karate Kid

    by Hipshot

    One of my favorites of the year, better in almost every respect than the first (Macchio has better vocal inflection than Jaden, but other than that...forget it). The hate spewed pre-release was just disgusting.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Holy crap

    by nostairway

    A Jackie Chan movie I might actually watch. It's been a long time since that happened.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    SHANGHAI DAWN

    by slone13

    C'mon, you know you want it.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Jackie Chan should be an "Expendable"!

    by Beezbo

    Didn't Sly have something to do with him coming over to the States?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    I want the good old Jackie stuff to return

    by CrusherBuddyRevell

    So many cool movies the dude made. But his American stuff. Apart from the first 2 Rush Hours it just sucked. Give me Hong Kong Jackie any time as long as he doesn't do those time pieces.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Crusher

    by Scottadkinsfist

    I wrote something I'd like you guys to read and comment on last year concerning Jackie, Jet, and all those who have come over. You can read it here: http://kiaikick.com/2010/04/27/the-great-disaster-of-east-meets-west/ I'd like to know what you all think. Agree? Disagree?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Good call, evnvnv

    by Keats

    Ch’ing dynasty was after Ming. Maybe whoever put that information out was confused since the Ming dynasty was the last Chinese dynasty. China was controlled by Manchuria under the Ch’ing.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Chan was pretty good in SHAOLIN, but...

    by Monkey_King

    he nearly ruined it for me with the goofy wire work and the fight with the guards who slice his back whilst fighting him. If not for the editing and back-and-forth camera shots of two onlooking youngster monks Chan would've wrecked this great film.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Monkey, you're not making any sense...

    by Scottadkinsfist

    You say Chan was pretty good in Shaolin, but then you say in the same breath he almost ruined it. It's one or the other, not both. Bear in mind Corey Yuen did the fight choreography, so Chan did what he was asked to do by both Corey And Benny. And Chan is only a supporting character who wasn't on screen that much. Not enough to ruin it even if he WAS bad. (he wasn't).

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Sounds like....

    by catlettuce4

    ....something that will not make much money in the USA.