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Dragon Blade

Jackie Chan stars as Huo An, the commander of the Protection Squad of the Western Regions during the Han Dynasty. He is framed for a wrong he did not commit and is enslaved. Meanwhile, a Roman general is on the run after his mission of rescuing the Prince and escapes to China. This heroic duo soon meet each other in the Western Dessert and embark on a thrilling journey together.

Language: English / Mandarin
Subtitle: English / Chinese
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 19 Feb 2015
Genre: Action / Martial Arts / Epic
Running Time: 2 Hours 7 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES, ENCORE FILMS
Cast: Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Choi Si-won
Director: Daniel Lee
Format: 2D

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Review
Writer: Florey DM

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Watch this if you liked: “CZ12”and “The Myth”

The Good, the Bad and the Blades:

As is expected of a group of experienced and talented actors (one of them has an Oscar after all), the acting in the movie is nothing short of great. Every emotion is well-emoted, even little Jozef Waite plays the part of a Roman Prince perfectly, he'd have you shedding a tear or two when the little prince starts crying onscreen. And while many from the West may refer to Cusack and Brody as fading stars, even naming this a low in their careers for accepting to not-quite-star in an Asian production, it cannot be denied that they still have their acting chops. Though seeing Brody in a villainous role is somehow more natural compared to believing Cusack as a Roman soldier.

It's not a Jackie Chan movie without a well-choreographed fight scene or two. Of course, in the movie there is aplenty, his character Huo An fights with almost all the main characters. The fluidity in movements does not disappoint and will make one wish they were martial arts expert, too.

Seeing that this is the most expensive Chinese movie ever produced, the money spent was definitely not wasted. The costumes are beautiful, detailed and century-appropriate. It can be seen reflected in the ornate designs of the army's shields and uniforms, for example. As for the CGI, though it looks glaringly obvious whenever a scene is shown in wide shot, it does, however, look neat and well-crafted when done in a smaller scale.

The editing is done just right as the cuts do not immediately reveal what is coming (for example, the revealing of the crown), some shots only continuing after a few jumps, forcing the audience to be more aware, more immersed. The songs definitely set the mood. Take one scene where the little Prince sings their Roman anthem in heartfelt clarity, uniting everyone with just the power of a song.

The message of unity, regardless of race, is one that is present most prominently throughout the movie - Huo An and his wife are of different ethnicities, she teaches students of different races, Huo An befriending a Roman soldier, people of different nationalities working together to finish the gate.
All in all, this is one movie worth the money to watch in cinemas.

Trivia:

The production initially wanted to use many types of animals (including elephants and dogs) for the war scene but the harsh conditions of the desert affect the animals, in the end only eagles and horses could be used.

Cinema Online, 20 February 2015
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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