I’ll be honest, I was one of the those people wondering why Jackie moved Chinese Zodiac from his 100th film spot. We now have an explanation.
At a recent press conference for 1911, Jackie took the time to answer some questions that revolved around 1911 and his role in them. One of biggest questions on my mind was why Jackie moved his own movie out of the 100th film spot and decided to work in 1911 instead. His explanation was this:
“I originally had to make my own investment Chinese Zodiac, before the production started I received this film. Originally I planned to turn down 1911, but later I feel Chinese Zodiac could be made at any time, the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution was worth remembering so I decided to make it!”
Jackie also went on to explain that he believes more historical films need to be made so that the younger generation can understand how China became the country it is today. I’ll be honest, I think we have enough period films for a very, very long time. However, I know that there are people that hold on to heritage and tradition much more than I do, so I guess I can see Jackie’s point as well.
One other topic that seemed to be on people’s minds (including mine) was the deleted sex scene from the film. Jackie said that the scene will not appear on the DVD either, which is kind of a shame. Something must have gone very bad or it didn’t fit the characters, but we usually get to see the scenes on the DVD, especially if they mention them. Even though I’m a little upset that we might not get to see the deleted scene, I’m not really that interested in a sex scene anyways.
You can read the original article on HKtopten’s blog, but be warned that a HUGE SPOILER is buried deep in the text. Don’t read it unless you want to be spoiled on a part of the movie. You’ve been warned.
Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that 1911 now has a US teaser. It’s pretty short, but does a good job of capturing emotion.