Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) 2015

Dragon Blade

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Dragon Blade is beautifully staged and choreographed, but between the battles, its talented cast is overwhelmed by a dull story and choppy editing.

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An exiled Chinese general (Jackie Chan) offers shelter to a renegade Roman (John Cusack) and his legion, then becomes involved in the soldier's dispute with Rome's villainous consul (Adrien Brody).

Cast & Crew

John Cusack
Gen. Lucius
Adrien Brody
Consul Tiberius
Joey Jozef
Publius
Lin Peng
Cold Moon
Daniel Lee
Screenwriter
Jackie Chan
Executive Producer
Zhongjun Wang
Executive Producer
Ren Zhonglun
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Zhou Maofei
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Tony Cheung
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Chi Wai Yau
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Critic Reviews for Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi)

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (30)

  • There are nice moments, but this is pure bombast, and Chan's natural action flair is not given free rein.

    January 14, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • For those who ever wondered what it would be like to see John Cusack and Jackie Chan engage in a swordfight (both of you), here is "Dragon Blade."

    September 4, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Just about everyone seems to get slashed, carved up or skewered, and vengeance rains down upon all. Except, of course, the one villain who truly deserved it. The filmmaker.

    September 4, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In Dragon Blade, East meets West in a murky, mediocre muddle.

    September 4, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's kind of a mess. That more than 20 minutes have been trimmed for the stateside release may have hurt the film's coherence, but viewers will be thankful for the shorter sit.

    September 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Dragon Blade" is a solidly constructed epic that, despite its many battle scenes, has a strong message of pacifism and unity.

    September 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 30, 2019
    A rather poor historical epic, Dragon Blade is more myth than history, and it's not told very well. Set in 50 BC, a rogue Roman legion on the run seeks shelter at the Wild Geese Gate at the end of the Silk Road, connecting Europe and Asia, in exchange for help in finishing the outpost's construction. The film is extremely heavy-handed with its theme of unity and working together, going so far as to have soldiers bond over a dance-like competition. And the dialog is just as thudding and ham-fisted. The bad acting doesn't help either, though leads Jackie Chan, John Cusack, and Adrien Brody do what they can. Also, Chan's fight choreography/directing is pretty good and delivers a number of exciting action sequences. Dragon Blade has its moments, but it tries too hard and ends up being a mess.
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