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English film review
An epic Spectacle!
Film: Dragon Blade
Cast: Jackie Chan, Adrien Brodie , John Cusack, Lin Peng
Director: Daniel Lee
Rating: * * *
Runtime: 127 mins
Jackie Chan and John Cusack play English-speaking warriors fighting a common enemy in China's western hinterlands more than two millenniums ago. Apparently inspired by true exploits,
(Lee might be pointing to the documented westward travels of Han Dynasty emissary Ban Chao), this fantastically premised movie about a Hun-Chinese fighter befriending a Roman warrior in English in Central Asia in 48 BC gains strength from meticulously appropriated traditional Chinese cinema action spectacle.
Daniel Lee’s ‘Dragon Blade’ is not typical of a Jackie Chan vehicle. His acrobatic action though remains as eye-catching and exciting as ever though. Lee (14 Blades, White Vengeance) and his mostly Hong Kong-originated crew, present producer, Action Director and lead star, Chan in a completely different role- one that doesn’t deteriorate into slap-shtick, caricaturish action. The film though set in ancient times, has a modern resonance to it. And it’s the rich production design that really makes it quite arresting , visually!
Lucius(John Cusack), a Roman general flees eastward to protect his young ward, Publius (British-Chinese child star Jozef Waite), from falling victim to a coup at home. In the east, he has to find a stable habitat for the ailing young prince and Yanmen Gate, appears to be the ideal place for a refuge. But the Wild West-like border outpost has Huo An (Chan) and his troupe of peacekeepers (translated as “Silk Road Protection Squad” in English subtitles) as protectors - who have been sent on forced-labor exile after being framed for a gold smuggling scam.
After a few brief fighting hiccups, Huo opens the gates up to a visibly drained Lucius and his troops, thus setting up legendary friendships that come of age in the final epical battle for succession.
Writer-Director Lee does a great job limiting the subtext to terrific confrontations and spiffy action. Tony Cheung’s cinematography is a visual treat – as it meticulously engages in a detailing that is all-enveloping. Art Directors Daniel Lee and Thomas Chong(doubling up as costume designer ) and editor Yau Chi-wai make the experience richer with their craft! All-in-all a very satisfying experience this!