Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announced today that "1911," starring and directed by the international superstar, Jackie Chan ("Drunken Master", "Rush Hour" and "Shanghai Noon"), has been selected as the special opening film for the 24th TIFF. Also, Jackie Chan will be making an appearance at the festival. A powerful epic tale about the founding of the Republic of China, "1911" took ten years to plan and cost nearly 30 million dollars to make.
As previously announced, "The Three Musketeers" will be the official opening film for this year's TIFF. "1911" will be the special opening film. This is the first time since the 10th TIFF in 1997 that two films have been selected as opening films. The two blockbuster films from Europe/US and Asia are sure to cheer up Japan.
General Director: Jackie Chan
Director: Zhang Li
Cast: Jackie Chan, Lee Bing Bing, Winston Chao, Joan Chan, Jaycee Chan
The film will be released by Toei (Japan) on November 5, 2011.
During the time of the last Emperor and lamenting the Qing dynasty's continual course of decline, Sun Yat-sen stood up to create a new nation and became the Father of the Chinese Revolution. Huang Xing (Jackie Chan), the commander of the Revolutionary Army, committed himself to every battle as the right hand of Sun Yat-sen, who had links to Japan. The stories of genuine heroes, who have never been recognized in Japan, and the youth who sacrificed themselves for the Revolution have finally been told. Jackie Chan, in his 100th film, is the general director and Zhang Li, the cinematographer for "Red Cliff", is directing the film.
Message from Jackie Chan
I am privileged to have my 100th film selected as the special opening film for this significant year in which Japan has taken its first steps toward recovery. When a major disaster strikes, heroes arise who are willing to sacrifice themselves. So I hope I will never know any heroes. At this time, as Japan faces the aftermath of disaster, I truly hope my film can be of help to the people of Japan. I look forward to meeting you in Japan.