Filmed at a record breaking budget of over USD$65 million, Dragon Blade is the latest epic martial arts blockbuster movie starring Asia’s legendary action star, Jackie Chan. The film boasts an international cast line up consisting of Hollywood A-lister actors, John Cusack and th FeAdrien Brody as well as South Korean’s famous idol group member, Choi Siwon. Based on true historical events, the movie which took seven years in the making is set to be released in Singapore on 19th February 2015.
In a media conference for the film in Singapore on Tuesday (Feb 10), Chan shared that the key message of the film is to show that “accepting difference with tolerance is the key to solving conflicts between ethic nations”. Especially in current times of war and unrest, he hopes that the film is able to promote the message of being able to “co-exist peacefully and turn enemies into friends”. Chan, who has been involved in the acting industry for 54 years also shared that the film will showcase old school martial arts style with very limited wiring scenes as well as “as little CGI as possible”. Co-stars, Cusack and Brody were also present at the media conference and they had nothing but praises for Chan. Brody mentioned, “To be able to work with Jackie is like a childhood dream come true”. Cusack then added that, “In United States, when you work with Jackie, there’s no other higher. He’s the peak”.
Dragon Blade, which was shot in Dunhuang and the Gobi Desert tells the story of a brave team of warriors in the Han Dynasty who maintained peace along the Silk Road. In the movie, Chan plays Huo An, the commander of the Silk Road Protection Squad. Huo An is a noble character who puts his life, faith and philosophy on the line for a better future. After being wrongly accused of treason, Huo An and his men were sent as slave labourers to Wild Geese Gate where they were given the impossible mission of repairing the city walls of the gate within and given an impossible mission days. There, Huo An crossed paths with Lucius (John Cusack) and later on, with Tiberius (Adrien Brody).
Quizzed on why people should watch Dragon Blade, Lin Peng who played the role of Cold Moon shared that, the film is a result of the team collaborative effort of sweat, blood, effort and heart and soul. Chan added that he hopes for the movie to be released worldwide as he believes that it tells an important message the world needs to know.
Be sure to catch Dragon Blade in cinemas on 19th February 2015!
Special thanks to Encore Films for the press coverage opportunity!