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LITTLE BIG SOLDIER [Blu-ray + DVD]

Jackie Chan , Leehom Wang    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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While action legend Jackie Chan's career continues to wane in the United States, he has in recent years enjoyed a revival in his native Hong Kong, and the period-action comedy Little Big Soldier is perhaps the best of those efforts. Set during China's Era of Warring States (roughly 475-221 BC), the story centers on Chan as a farmer-turned-soldier who survives a bloody battle with a valuable prize--a wounded general (Wang Leehom) from the opposing army. The personality clash between the savvy, scrappy Chan and Wang's initially aloof warrior makes for some amusing comic moments before the pair are forced to bond in order to save each other's lives; what follows is a traditional buddy/road comedy, enlivened by the chemistry between the leads and a handful of fight sequences that show Chan still nimble and physically adept after three decades of martial arts movies, most notably in a sequence where Chan brawls while using only one leg. Director Ding Sheng's eye for period detail and grime is also a plus, but the key appeal to Little Big Soldier is seeing an invigorated Chan in his classic underdog role and clearly enjoying the opportunity to bring this long-gestating personal project to life. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes the film's domestic and international trailers, as well as a standard-issue behind-the-scenes featurette and a music video featuring Chan in a recording studio. --Paul Gaita

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Set during China s war period, Little Big Soldier is the story of a soldier (Jackie Chan) and a general (Wang Leehom) who come from opposing states and also have very much opposing views on the war and the world. Jackie Chan in one of his finest performances plays a soldier from Liang, who ultimately survives the war by playing dead. Lee Hom Wang plays a general from Wei, who is wounded fighting for his country. A painful yet comical journey commences when the soldier decides to kidnap the general and bring him back to his state in the high hopes of collecting a reward. When the unlikely duo is confronted by danger, they quickly learn that they must join forces in order to survive!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Soldier Little General Nov. 8 2011
By Big Al TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
*Spoiler Alert* This review may contain spoilers.

Written and produced by Jackie Chan, this comic-action film is based on the story of a soldier (Jackie Chan) and a general (Leehom Wang), who were the two sole survivors of a battle between two warring states, during the dark Warring State Period of ancient China between 475-221BC, when warlords fought among themselves for territories and millions perished. The soldier held the wounded general captive and attempted to take him back to his land to claim his reward. The soldier was a humble farmer forcibly conscripted into the army; the general, on the other hand, turned out to be the crown prince of the enemy state. During the long journey, the two developed a reluctant bond, as they encountered wild animals, bandits, and other dangers, while being pursued by the brother of the crown prince and his men, who was determined to kill them in order to ascend to the throne. Leehom Wang plays the condescending general with wit and humor, but the one to watch is Jackie Chan. He surely knows how to act. I used to think that he was mostly an action actor, but his comic acting ability shines through in this film. Don't miss out on this excellent Little Big Soldier DVD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Chan's fantastic historical epic Sept. 15 2011
By Cheryl TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This entertaining epic and period war tale stars Chan as a peasant determined to collect a reward by delivering a captured General. The story constantly moves with action and humour, but there is also good character development, a reflection of the well suited performances. There is some wonderful scenery that's put to good use - and as a fan, I should have sought out the blu-ray first (but compulsively bought the dvd instead). Extras on the dvd include a couple of trailers, a Jackie Chan music video and making of featurette. Highly recommended for fans. (4 1/2 stars)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Big Man....... June 9 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
There are spoilers that's already ahead of me,so i will keep this brief,not a bad
little movie i must say,how could you not love [Jackie Chan],the guy is a legend in his
own right,i've seen countless of his movies and loved them all,like i said nice movie,
if you need information on the movie read above or below..
could you imagine if you could only do that to our own politicians,one only wonders.Ha.Ha.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film! June 9 2010
By Lomonster - Published on Amazon.com
I caught this film just last night at a local film festival and had to go online to see when the blu-ray would be available. Alas, it isn't available yet, but I will be the first in line to buy it when it is available. This was a fantastic movie overall and, in my opinion, one of Jackie Chan's best. I'd rate this up there with Drunken Master and for a recent Hong Kong film I'd say it was better than Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, but not quite as good as Hero. Jackie Chan's physical comedy is perhaps the best in the business and is definitely showcased here, but there are so many more layers to this film. The story line is fantastic and the cinematography is top notch. My two cents is that this is a must-see.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Jackie Gem! Aug. 22 2011
By Dee J. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
After watching a portion of an earlier version of this film with NO subtitles and no dubbing, I ordered this new DVD version which DOES have the English dub audio, but will probably listen to the Chinese with the English subtitles, admittedly.

Jackie may be getting older, but shows no slowing down in his directing, acting and comic relief! I highly recommend "Little Big Soldier" to everyone!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching March 30 2012
By Hashima Shata - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Far from playing the clown and other trade mark antic , this Jackie Chan film is acually touching , and ends on a melancholic existentialist human condition sequence not unlike Kurosawa's endings
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie. March 28 2012
By T. Florio - Published on Amazon.com
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Others will review this deeper so I'll keep mine short. Some people used to nonstop Chan action and comedy throughout and up to the end credits may be a little taken aback by this film (which is why I gave it four instead of five stars) but if you look at the ending bringing a resolution to the early charge of disgrace regarding Chan's character, the ending makes sense. The two leads work fantastic against and with one another. As I am only acquainted with Chan's previous work, I will write this is the best acting I've seen from him. There's none of Crime Story's solemness and none of the (for a better word) mugging of Chan's early comedies (though I also love that Chan as well). Add to that an excellent script, fantastic cinematography and music and this movie is a winner. Comparing this with Chan's last American movie "The Spy Next Door" is like night and day. I wish THIS movie would have gotten a wide theatrical release in the States. It surely deserves it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chan shines in this light, warm action-comedy period piece. March 22 2012
By THowerton - Published on Amazon.com
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I've seen most of Chan's ouvre and, as I was watching this enjoyable little film, I kept thinking to myself, "Wow, a JC film that feels modern." Of course Chan has other films that "feel modern", like some of his recent American fare, but even those play for wide audiences and are conventional. "Little Big Soldier" feels more like a major Hong Kong release that appeals to regular joes and an artier crowd; think "Hero" or "The House of Flying Daggers" only far less dramatic and with far less fanfare. The story, while fairly conventional, employs some storytelling touches that are more prevalent in modern films (the surprise situations that come about only because the main character is dreaming; the red-herrings that set you up to believe the story is about to go one way or will head one way only to go the other; the seemingly upside-down ending). The shooting locales and the visuals (while rarely expansive) are all stunning and expertly filmed. All of these things elevate "Little Big Soldier" and make it more than it probably ought to be. The movie is about Jackie Chan's seemingly deserting soldier who is not about being a soldier at all but about being a survivor. This is actually quite deceptive because Chan's soldier, while unorthodox, is a man of his army through-and-through but he is imbued with a mind of his own and a trickster spirit. The movie focuses heavily on Chan's character who ends up catching the general from the opposing army and he takes him, despite much trial and tribulation, back to his city. This movie is supposedly set at a time in China's history when there were several ruling (and warring) dynasties. It is about one man's take on life and how he passes this along to another, but both soldiers have some things to learn from each other.

There is a lot to like in the movie. It goes down easy and is non-abrasive. Chan, still capable of putting on some fun action scenes, plays someone closer to his age and who is a bit weary so the action suits his character; he is not the Chan of old who is fighting Benny Urquidez or a slew of diamond-obsessed mobsters and thug-punk street gangs at a breakneck, frenetic pace. Chan also does what he has talked about doing for a long time: he acts. There are a couple of scenes that showcase Chan's acting chops and his character's warm pathos. I think that this is my favorite Chan film of the last 5 years (not counting "The Forbidden Kingdom" but having the dream of Chan and Li together after so many years...that just isn't fair to compare by). Chan fans and non-fans alike can easily enjoy this movie. The younger audience probably will too.
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