1911 (film)

1911, also known as Xinhai Revolution and The 1911 Revolution, is a 2011 Chinese historical drama film.[4] The film is a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution. It is also Jackie Chan's 100th film in his career.[5] As well as starring in it, Chan is also the executive producer and co-director of the film. Co-stars include Chan's son Jaycee Chan, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Joan Chen and Hu Ge. This film was selected to open the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival.[6]

Theatrical release poster
MandarinXīnhài Gémìng
CantoneseSan1 Hoi6 Gaap3 Ming6
Directed byJackie Chan
Zhang Li
Produced byWang Zhebin
Wang Tinyun
Bi Shulin
Written byWang Xingdong
Chen Baoguang
StarringJackie Chan
Winston Chao
Li Bingbing
Music byDing Wei
CinematographyZhang Li
Huang Wei
Edited byYang Hongyu
JCE Movies Limited
Chang Ying Film Group Corporation
Shanghai Film Group Corporation
Shanghai Film Studio
Beijing Alnair Culture & Media
Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation
Jackie Chan International Cinema Culture Holdings
Xiaoxiang Film Studio
China City Construction Holding Group
Hebei Film Studio
Tainjin North Film Group
Media Asia Films
Huaxia Film Distribution
Jackie and JJ Productions
Distributed byMedia Asia Distributions (Hong Kong)
Huaxia Film Distribution
East Film & TV Distribution (China)
Release date
  • 23 September 2011 (2011-09-23) (China[1])
  • 29 September 2011 (2011-09-29) (Hong Kong[2])
Running time
125 minutes
Hong Kong
BudgetUS$30 million[3]


The story closely follows key events of the Xinhai Revolution, with focus on Huang Xing and Sun Yat-sen. It begins with the Wuchang Uprising of 1911 and follows through historical events such as the Second Guangzhou Uprising on 27 April 1911, the deaths of the 72 martyrs, the election of Sun Yat-sen as the provisional president of the new Provisional Republic of China, the abdication of the last Qing dynasty emperor Puyi on 12 February 1912, and Yuan Shikai becoming the new provisional president in Beijing on 10 March 1912.



Production started on 29 September 2010 in Fuxin, Liaoning, where a camera rolling ceremony was held.[5] After half a year of intense production, it wrapped up on 20 March 2011 in Sanya, Hainan.[7]


The film was released on 23 September 2011 in China[1] and on 29 September 2011 in Hong Kong.[2] It opened the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival on 22 October 2011.[6] It was released in its original version in North American theatres on 7 October 2011.


1911 received generally negative reviews; it currently holds a 9% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[8] On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, it holds 37/100, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews,[9] e.g. on the Opionator.[10]

The Economist noted that while the film was endorsed by the Chinese government officials, ticket sales have been poor. It also noted that the film avoided sensitive topics, such as the reforms which led to the revolution.[11]

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