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Dragon Blade (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Jackie Chan (Actor) | Adrien Brody (Actor) | John Cusack (Actor) | PENG LIN (Actor)
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One of the most expensive movies ever to be filmed in China, Dragon Blade was released to much fanfare during the 2015 Lunar New Year period and quickly roared to the top of the box office – no small feat in the always crowded Lunar New Year movie landscape. Boasting an international cast that includes Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody and Super Junior's Choi Si Won, Dragon Blade is an action-packed adventure that depicts a fictional meeting between a noble Chinese commander and two Romans on opposite sides of an empire-defining conflict.

As the commander of the Silk Road Protection Squad, which is tasked with keeping the peace in the tribally diverse northwestern border of Han Dynasty China, the dutiful and dedicated Huo An (Jackie Chan) is frequently forced to toe a precarious line to maintain order. In the end, he too succumbs to the unruly politics of the region, as he's falsely accused of smuggling and exiled to Wild Geese Gate. There, he meets Roman general Lucius (John Cusack), who is trying to help Publius, heir of the Consul, escape the clutches of his power-hungry older brother, Tiberius (Adrien Brody). Huo An and Lucius soon become allies and friends, and as Tiberius draws closer with his army of 100,000 soldiers, they must find a way to fight back, even if they are severely outgunned.

This is the 2D version of the film.

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Product Title: Dragon Blade (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 天將雄師 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 天将雄师 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 天將雄師 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Dragon Blade (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Adrien Brody (Actor) | John Cusack (Actor) | PENG LIN (Actor) | Kevin Lee (Actor) | Hung Tin Chiu (Actor) | Lin Peng (Actor) | Benny Urquidez (Actor) | Wang Ruo Xin (Actor) | Choi Si Won (Super Junior) (Actor) | Sharni Vinson (Actor) | Xiao Yang (Actor) | Wang Tai Li (Actor) | Karena Lam (Actor) | Vanness Wu (Actor) | William Feng (Actor) 成龍 (Actor) | 安哲倫保迪 (Actor) | 尊 古鍚 (Actor) | 彭琳 (Actor) | Kevin Lee (Actor) | 洪天照 (Actor) | 林鵬 (Actor) | Benny Urquidez (Actor) | 王若心 (Actor) | 始源 (Super Junior) (Actor) | Sharni Vinson (Actor) | 肖央 (筷子兄弟) (Actor) | 王太利 (筷子兄弟) (Actor) | 林嘉欣 (Actor) | 吳建豪 (Actor) | 馮 紹峰 (Actor) 成龙 (Actor) | 安哲伦保迪 (Actor) | 尊 古鍚 (Actor) | 彭琳 (Actor) | Kevin Lee (Actor) | 洪天照 (Actor) | 林鹏 (Actor) | Benny Urquidez (Actor) | 王若心 (Actor) | 始源 (Super Junior) (Actor) | Sharni Vinson (Actor) | 肖央 (筷子兄弟) (Actor) | 王太利 (筷子兄弟) (Actor) | 林嘉欣 (Actor) | 吴建豪 (Actor) | 冯 绍峰 (Actor) 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | エイドリアン・ブロディ (Actor) | ジョン・キューザック (Actor) | PENG LIN (Actor) | Kevin Lee (Actor) | 洪天照(サミー・ハン) (Actor) | Lin Peng (Actor) | ベニー・ユキーデ (Actor) | Wang Ruo Xin (Actor) | チェ・シウォン (Actor) | Sharni Vinson (Actor) | Xiao Yang (Actor) | Wang Tai Li (Actor) | 林嘉欣(カリーナ・ラム) (Actor) | 呉建豪(ヴァネス・ウー) (Actor) | 馮紹峰(ウィリアム・フォン) (Actor) 성룡 (Actor) | Adrien Brody (Actor) | John Cusack (Actor) | PENG LIN (Actor) | Kevin Lee (Actor) | Hung Tin Chiu (Actor) | Lin Peng (Actor) | Benny Urquidez (Actor) | Wang Ruo Xin (Actor) | 최시원 (Actor) | Sharni Vinson (Actor) | Xiao Yang (Actor) | Wang Tai Li (Actor) | Karena Lam (Actor) | Vanness Wu (Actor) | 풍소봉 (Actor)
Director: Daniel Lee 李仁港 李 仁港 李仁港 (ダニエル・リー) Lee Ren Gang
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2015-06-16
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 125 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1042549760

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Director: Lee Ren Gang

Serves as a commander of the Protection Squad in the Western Regions, Huo An (Jackie Chan) and his subordinate (Choi Si-won) are framed for smuggling and sent to the Wild Geese Gate, a frontier town of the Han Dynasty and undergo forced labor. Meanwhile, in order to save Publius from his vicious brother Tiberius (Adrien Brody). Roman Empire general Lucius (John Cusack) sneaks the young heir to the town. In return for the legion’s assistance on town renovation, Huo An becomes Lucius’s ally and gathers the warriors of 36 ethnic nations to fight against Tiberius!
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Professional Review of "Dragon Blade (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

June 4, 2015

Hey Jackie Chan, didn’t you say that CZ12 would be your last action movie? How then can you produce and star in Dragon Blade? Oh, CZ12 was your last "global action adventure" while Dragon Blade is an historical action epic so it's actually allowed. Yeah, whatever, Jackie. In Dragon Blade you kick and punch people and act like you're not nearing senior citizen age – it's an action movie, dude. Just own up to that fact and continue making action movies until you're using a walker – and even then you'll probably make a movie where you use your walker to unexpectedly batter some young whippersnappers who pissed you off by stepping on your lawn. There are few constants in this world but death, taxes, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator movies, and Jackie Chan making action films should be counted among them. We should just be thankful that Dragon Blade channels some of the Jackie Chan charm that movies like 1911 and Police Story 2013 didn't.

Another notable feat of Dragon Blade: Director Daniel Lee tones down his usual stylization in favor of straightforward, if not nuanced storytelling. Chan stars as Huo An, the captain of the Silk Road Protection Squad, fictional do-gooders who patrol the transcontinental trade route at the behest of the Han Emperor. Huo An and his team are tasked with preventing the peoples of the 36 nations on the Silk Road from warring, or maybe just being dicks to one another. Unfortunately, Huo An's team is framed for a crime and are reassigned to dilapidated Wild Geese Gate, where they must help to rebuild the fortress within fifteen days. Meanwhile, a contingent of Roman soldiers led by General Lucius (John Cusack) arrives outside Wild Geese Gate with the intention of taking it over via force. As an ass-kicking Hun (seriously, they rule in this movie) and a pacifist, Huo An takes it upon himself quell this western invasion – peaceably, one would hope.

Peace would be boring though, and soon there's John Cusack on Jackie Chan action. OMG, JC vs JC! However, Lucius is an honorable man and his primary focus is protecting young prince Publius (Jozef Waite), so their fight reaches a peaceful conclusion. Thanks to bromance, the men of Wild Geese Gate are soon chummy with the Romans, leading to a rainbow coalition of men working to fix the gate. Between grunting and sweating, the men spar, sing and do other manly and totally not homoerotic things. Given the fact that the Han Prefecture Chief has decreed that the gate must be completed under penalty of death, it's weird that everyone takes a break for the ancient China version of karaoke, but it's all good. Dragon Blade is not a realistic historical epic and it really doesn't try to be. The film is about action plus rousing and likable emotions synonymous with the Jackie Chan brand – that is, synonymous outside of stuff like Shinjuku Incident.

Huo An is an honorable guy who'll fight for justice and drone on about friendship and decency whenever anyone's in earshot. Hell, Huo An is so likable that after besting Hun warrior Lady Cold Moon (Lin Peng), she volunteers to marry him even though he already has a wife (Mika Wang). Also, Huo An moves men of different races and creeds with broken English speeches, and is so revered that he's accepted as the de facto leader of the Roman army in a pinch. Wow, Huo An is like the best man ever! Huo An's awesomeness is incredibly cloying but ultimately acceptable because Jackie Chan plays the character as a variation on his likable heroes from films past. Chan may have his real life issues, but he's got a genial screen presence that makes him seem like a swell guy. It also helps that he doesn't engage in much of his trademark sweaty overacting. Nice, not too sweaty and full of humanist wisdom – that's the Jackie Chan we know and love.

That Chan can still do likable helps to offset the copious bromance and cheesy emotions. The themes here are commercial and unsubtle, and so is the acting. The primary villain is the traitorous Tiberius (Adrien Brody), brother to Publius and a right scoundrel who shows up on the Silk Road to grab even more power. Brody's British accent is spotty but his hissable demeanor and fabulous overacting make him a candidate for the year's most entertaining villain. By contrast, John Cusack turns in a poor performance, and seems miscast. Some of the supporting actors are entertaining, particularly Xiao Yang and Wang Taili of recording duo Chopstick Brothers, who play the keepers of Wild Geese Gate. Lin Peng steals scenes as the strong Lady Cold Moon while Choi Siwon of Korean boy band Super Junior adds obvious commercial appeal in a supporting role. The acting is more serviceable than excellent, in that many performances go unchecked and few really complement each other, but this is par for a Daniel Lee film.

The action is enjoyable, with Jackie Chan's inimitable style and use of props in strong evidence throughout. Given Chan's age, the action isn't that robust or dynamic; the fighting and swordplay require more medium shots and editing than true action aficionados might prefer, but there's still plenty of creative choreography and contact, and Chan even makes decent action actors out of John Cusack and Adrien Brody. The lack of stylized camera and montage is also a plus, and the action sometimes creates suspense, especially when it becomes clear that the filmmakers are willing to off characters. Cheesy emotions aside, the film manages to wring some poignancy from its character relationships. The finale features armies massing for a 30-minute battle sequence, and while the colorful ethnic costuming is cloying, the scale and CGI work quite well. Green screen is overused and occasionally obvious but it's that way in Hollywood fare too. That's fitting, because Dragon Blade oftentimes feels cut from the same cloth as less pretentious Hollywood historical epics.

The worst thing about Dragon Blade could be excised; the film features an insipid framing sequence about a couple of modern archaeologists (Vanness Wu and Karena Lam) searching for Wild Geese Gate. Their scenes annoy due to poorly-written English dialogue and drippy platitudes – just snip at the beginning and end of the film and you can lose the whole thing entirely! If you lack editing equipment you should fast-forward through those scenes because they really bring down the movie. What's left is decent enough to recommend to regular movie audiences and even disillusioned Jackie Chan fans. Dragon Blade will never count among Chan's classics but it fits into his filmography decently as a solid commercial film featuring high-minded "honor rules, betrayal sucks" values that Chan is known to push – even if he may not follow said values in his real life. If Jackie Chan's future action films turn out like Dragon Blade – seriously, you know he'll make more – that would be just fine.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)

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July 16, 2015

Fun movie Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
This film was a fun martial arts movie with Romans thrown in the mix. It doesn't go much deeper than that. While I did enjoy this movie, I expected something more intellectually challenging from Daniel Lee after seeing his previous film White Vengeance. The blu ray quality is very good.
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