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|Little Big Soldier|
|Pinyin||Dà Bīng Xiǎo Jiāng|
|Jyutping||Daai6 Bing1 Siu2 Zeong3|
|Directed by||Ding Sheng|
|Produced by||Jackie Chan|
|Written by||Jackie Chan|
|Distributed by||Polybona Films
JCE Movies Limited
February 14, 2010
February 25, 2010
Little Big Soldier is a 2010 Chinese/Hong Kong action-adventure/comedy film directed by Ding Sheng and produced and written by Jackie Chan, also starring Chan and Leehom Wang. The film was produced with a budget of US$25 million and filmed between January 2009 and April 2009 in filming spots of Yunnan, China. According to Chan, the film has been stuck in development hell for over 20 years.
Little Big Soldier takes place during the Warring States Period of China, and tells the story of three men and a horse. An old foot soldier (Chan) and a young high-ranking general from a rival state (Wang) becomes the only survivors of a ruthless battle. The soldier decides to kidnap the general and brings him back to his own state in hopes for a reward in return.
On December 1, 2009, a press conference was held for the film, along with Chan's announcement of a new teaser trailer posted on the film's official Sina website. Twitch also released a plot synopsis of the film:
|“||It was the darkest of times in China, when ruthless warlords waged battles to satiate their endless aggression. Millions of lives perished, and those who survived had only two choices - kill or be killed.
The battalions of warring states Liang and Wei collided in a bloodbath that lasted from dawn until dusk. Only two men were left standing - a foot soldier from Liang and the rival General from Wei. The Soldier survived because he is an expert in playing dead, with a device strapped on his body which protruded like an arrowhead for added realism.
The Soldier captured the wounded General, hoping to use the enemy as his ticket to freedom - by handing the General to the Liang warlord, the Soldier could be honorably discharged and return home to his peaceful life. The young General, though taken captive, was condescending towards the Soldier. The two men were often at loggerheads during the long and winding journey.
Little Big Soldier was a joint production by China's Polybona Films and Hong Kong's JCE Movies Limited, a company set up by Jackie Chan in 2003. The film is notable to be in production for over 20 years; Chan had wanted to perform in and write a comedic film that took place in a historical background since the 1980s, when the Hong Kong action cinema were rising in prominence.
Chan originally had Daniel Wu in mind to play the part of the young general, but Chan disregarded the thought after realizing that he had already filmed two movies earlier with Wu. Joan Lin, Chan's wife, suggested their son Jaycee Chan, but Chan was highly against it. Lin later suggested Leehom Wang, which Chan agreed immediately.
At a conference in Beijing on November 20th 2009, Jackie Chan announced along with Universal Culture Limited and EURO WEBSOFT that an MMO is being released to promote the film. Chan and Wang's characters in the game was also shown at the conference. On January 26th 2010, The MMO went online under the name FLASH Little Big Soldier (traditional Chinese: FLASH大兵小將. It is free to play under an account subscription. The game is only in Chinese.