China's dilemma begins in the 20th century. Recent political reforms have rendered the country more divided, famished, and warring. After 250 years of uncontested authority, the Qing Dynasty, commanded by a seven-year-old emperor and his tyrannical mother, Empress Dowager Longyu (Joan Chen), is out of touch. So the Qing Empire developed the "New Army" to quell public uprisings. Yet armaments are expensive, and the Qing officials are starving for cash, so they're trading whatever they can obtain with foreign countries—and selling China's future.
Huang Xing (Jackie Chan) studied contemporary