Even for Chan's earlier work, you don't need subtitles to understand the significance of a killer roundhouse. Oh, and apparently he's coming out with a new flick next year at 62 years of age. Proof: karate > human mortality.
Inspired by the industrialized Western world of the 19th Century, these post 2000 films often feature alternate realities where steam-power was never supplanted by electricity. Fans of H.G. Wells, Conan Doyle, or Jules Verne will have plenty to pick from.
Modern movies in the vein of 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen': watch Victorian-era gentlemen battle Machiavellian evil-geniuses, woefully under-equipped colonial foes, and, the greatest enemy of all: their own emotions. Oh, and yes, we realize not all fit directly in to the Victorian era - pedants!