Little Big Soldier (Da bing xiao jiang)
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Two rivals strike up a wary friendship in this blend of historical drama, action and comedy starring international martial arts star Jackie Chan. It's 227 B.C., and during the era of the warring states, a fifty-something Liang soldier (Jackie Chan) captures a wounded Wei general (Wang Leehom) in the wake of a battle. The soldier's goal in taking the general prisoner isn't glory but the hope of collecting a reward so he can buy some land and start a farm once then fighting is over. The general, however, is vain and arrogant and insists he was taken captive only after his own men… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"Genre-benders who like their Leone-esque historical slapstick buddy-action epics with a side order of political tragedy will find much to enjoy here."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"There is epic action and adventure in this film, to be sure, and some humour too - but it is all directed towards a conclusion whose devastating impact is not even undone by the touches of mawkishness that get us there."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Jackie Chan came up with this story of a peasant capturing a highranking general some 20 years ago, but it's taken all this time for the project to be realised. Boy was it worth the wait."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Now 56, having broken pretty much every bone in his body, [Chan] sits out some of the rough stuff, and there is a noticeable twilight mood in the air."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian [UK]
"Watchable Chinese action drama with a likeable performance from Jackie Chan and some energetic fight scenes, though it's let down by a rather simplistic plot and doesn't quite land the emotional punch it's aiming for."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Chan puts his heart and soul into the part of Big Soldier, and it's a reminder that there is more to the actor than Hollywood cinemagoers may have witnessed."
‑ James Luxford, The National
"It does not, perhaps, try to do very much, but all the things it does try, it achieves with glowing perfection."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It lacks the visual oomph of Hero, but sure knocks Chan's recent Spy Next Door on its sorry arse."
‑ Jamie Russell, Total Film
"[A] breezy romp that offers Jackie Chan one of his more memorable recent roles."
‑ Jamie Healy, Radio Times
"Amusing but, never amazing. There's no ladder twirling, conveyor belt sticking or cashier slot jumping through."
‑ Fred Topel, Screen Junkies
"A better screenplay, tougher editing and less commercial direction might have made the tale more substantial and even funnier -- as it is, Chan keeps it all going."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Jackie Chan has made plenty of cracking films in his native tongue, but Little Big Soldier, a rambunctiously tragicomic martial epic set during China's Warring States period, is regrettably not one of them."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"It's the action sequences, including a splendid scene when Chan mounts an ox to rescue his reluctant partner, that will keep audiences thrilled."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
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