Touted as the greatest heroic legend in movie history Dragon Blade was filmed on a budget of US$65 million, making it the most expensive Chinese film to be made.
This martial arts blockbusters features Asia’s biggest action star Jackie Chan and includes notable cast such as John Cusack (2012), Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Choi Siwon (Super Junior), Lin Peng and Wang Ruoxin.
Inspired by true historical events, Dragon Blade was filmed on location In Dunhuang and the Gobo Desert rather than utilising the technology of green screens. This added to the dimension of the movie and provided the perfect backdrops.
The movie focuses on its main character Huo An (Jackie Chan), who is the Commander of the Silk Road Protection Squad. As an orphaned child, he was the ward of the legendary General Huo Qubing. Now, with his trusted subordinate Yin Po (Choi Siwon), he leads a troop of soldiers to safeguard China’s borders. They tackle the mission with a deep-seated belief in equality l, tolerance and peace. However, it’s an era of deep unrest in which Huns nomads roam the northwestern territory occupied by 36 warring nations.
While in the midst of a war zone between the Huns nomads and the Han Chinese, Huo An encounters Lucius (John Cusack) and his army of Roman soldiers. It is during a sandstorm that Huo An decided to give shelter to the Romans and a friendship between Lucius and Huo An is forged as both sides work together to help repair the broken city walls of the Wild Geese Gate.
Lucius had been heading towards China in order to protect Publius, the son of a Roman consul, whose life was threatened by his brother Tiberius (Adrien Brody). Consumed by his hunger for power, Tiberius had assassinated the consul and blinded his brother before the younger boy escaped with Lucius. Unknowingly, Lucius had fallen into Tiberius’ trap and an even bigger conspiracy was in play.
Will good or evil prevail? You’ll have to watch to find out!
Dragon Blade will be released in all Golden Village and Cathay theatres on February 19 2015.