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It’s being touted as his 100th starring role, but Jackie Chan’s heroics take a backseat to Winston Chao’s endless speech-making in this commemorative retelling of the birth of the Republic of China. Be they major figures or bit players in the revolution, branding each character's name onscreen no more adds documentary realism than it does make the proceedings any easier to follow. The only reminder of a great epic on display is when Bertolucci-star Joan Chen and The Last Emperor, Pu-Yi, put in appearances. Unless you have more than a working knowledge of the subject, this could conceivably be the longest two hours you’ll spend in a movie theater all year. Chan staged the battles, leaving codirector Zhang Li in charge of the babble.

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1911 Revolution is currently playing at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15.

Reader Rating: One Star MPAA Rating: R Running Time: 118

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