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Dragon Blade (2015)

Tian jiang xiong shi (original title)
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When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An teams up his army with an elite Legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius to protect his country and his new friends.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Huo An
John Cusack ... Lucius
Adrien Brody ... Tiberius
Si Won Choi ... Yin Po
Peng Lin ... Cold Moon
Mika Wang ... Xiu Qing
Yang Xiao Yang Xiao ... Captain
Taili Wang Taili Wang ... Rat
Tin Chiu Hung ... Red Sun (as Sammy Hung)
Feng Shao Feng ... General Huo Qubing (as William Feng)
Sharni Vinson ... Lady Crassus
Lorie Pester Lorie Pester ... Parthian Queen
Xiangdong Xu Xiangdong Xu ... Secretary (as Xiang Dong Xu)
Qing Xiu Qing Xiu ... Wolf
Sung-jun Yoo Sung-jun Yoo ... Cougar (as Steve Yoo)
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Storyline

When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An and his group of trained warriors teams up with an elite legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius to maintain the delicate balance of power in the region. To protect his country and his new friends, Huo An gathers the warriors of thirty-six ethnic nations together to fight Tiberius in an incredible epic battle. Written by Lionsgate

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Taglines:

When the Eagle meets the Dragon. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | English | Latin

Release Date:

4 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragon Blade See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,346, 6 September 2015

Gross USA:

$74,068

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,558,738
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Surround 7.1 | Dolby (Dolby Surround 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Seventh movie with the word "Dragon" in the title for Jackie Chan. The others being Dragon Fist (1979), Dragon Lord (1982), Heart of Dragon (1985), Dragons Forever (1988), The Twin Dragons (1992), and Traces of a Dragon (2003). See more »

Goofs

The opening titles state that the events occur in 50 BC. Lucius introduces himself to Huo An as a representative of the Roman Empire. The founding of the Empire is generally set as 27 BC, when Octavian became Augustus Caesar. See more »

Quotes

Parthian Queen: Power is a conceit which reveals our limitations.
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Alternate Versions

International version is 24 minutes shorter. Among the cuts are a 4 minute scene at the start of the film about modern day archaeologists visiting the ruins of the city. Many scenes featuring Huo's wife Xiu Qing are also cut. See more »


Soundtracks

THE LIGHT OF ROME
Performed by Jakub Konarek
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Quite a bad movie
10 June 2015 | by blueskyy_ngSee all my reviews

I've read some of the reviews -- the bad reviews, I generally agree more, the good ones were often too exaggerated. Although I am not a master of the Chinese language, I'm able to understand both English and Chinese movies without subtitles, so I'd like to first address the title. I've no problem with the English title, whatsoever, but to the reviewer who said that it has something to do with lions? He's WRONG. If you want me to translate it, it's something along the lines of Top Gererals, Brave (Mightly) Armies (Troops).

Now, to my review. First, the good. The actors were good. The fight choreography was good. The cgi was good. That's pretty much it!

So, what was so wrong about the movie? The message of the movie is simple, to promote harmony among people despite the obvious differences in race, ethnicity, culture, creed, etc, etc. I get that! I have nothing against that either. The challenge however, is to incorporate that message seamlessly into the story without it feeling too forced or cliché -- and that was exactly how I felt when I watched some of those scenes.

But the bigger failure... is that the story makes absolutely no sense at all. It makes no sense to me how easily they could move and deploy their armies along the Silk Road from Rome to China or vice-versa. It makes no sense that they were all able to understand a common language, that is English. In ancient China, Chinese don't speak a common Chinese language, they speak different dialects. And if you add to the mix, the European languages, and the Middle Eastern languages, there is just no common ground in there for them to be able to understand each other.

It makes no sense that Jackie Chan is so trusty from the start (almost like a fool). It makes no sense that Adrien Brody would (for the sake of not spoiling) find himself eventually in that predicament. A lot of things that happened in between didn't make hell of a lot of sense either...


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