Dragon Blade

Dragon Blade

Daniel Lee (2015)

99min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Fat pay cheques are luring Hollywood stars to China to boost the global appeal of home-grown films - in this case, John Cusack and Adrien Brody. They're rubbing shoulders with local superstar Jackie Chan, playing rival Romans; one protecting a consul's young son, the other seeking to kill him. Chan plays a falsely disgraced military commander seeking to restore his reputation by fortifying a Chinese city, with Cusack's help, to fend off Brody and assorted other foes. Chan brings martial artistry to the fight, Cusack his siege skills, and the the film overall is a mishmash of languages, styles and tones. Fights, for example, range from the comic to the graphic. But the Chinese have patently thrown a lot of money at Dragon Blade. It's lavish, with some genuinely spectacular moments. And there's some amusement to be derived from seeing Cusack, in particular, look like a fish out of water in such surroundings. It's a film more likely to get watched, if at all, for its curiosity value.

Summary

A corrupt Roman ruler leads a vast army to seize control of the Asian trade routes. The leader of a band of Chinese warriors vows to defend his homeland from them, aided by a Roman general who has turned his back on the empire. Together, they assemble an army from 36 nations to repel the invading army. Historical action adventure, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody. In Mandarin and English.

Cast & Crew

Huo An Jackie Chan
Lucius John Cusack
Tiberius Adrien Brody
Lady Crassus Sharni Vinson
Cold Moon Lin Peng
Xin Qing Mika Wang
Yin Po Si Won Choi
Captain Yang Xiao
Rat Taili Wang
Red Sun Sammy Hung
Director Daniel Lee
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Other Information

Language: Mandarin, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Signature EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, brief nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Jan 2016
Drama