Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi)

2015

Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi)

Critics Consensus

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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One of the most expensive films ever produced in China, the historical action epic Dragon Blade takes place during the Han Dynasty. The story centers on the commander of the Protection Squad of the Western Regions (Jackie Chan), who joins forces with Roman general Lucius (John Cusack) to protect China's sovereignty as power-crazed Tiberius (Adrien Brody) seeks to defeat Lucius once and for all. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Adrien Brody
as Tiberius
Sharni Vinson
as The Queen
Vanness Wu
as Christian
Mika Wang
as Xin Qing
Kevin Lee
as Roman Solider
Lorie Pester
as Persian Queen
Hung Tin-chiu
as Red Sun (as Sammy Hung)
Paul Philip Clark
as Gen. Doramis
Tomer Oz
as Huo An General
Jozef Waite
as Plubius
Temur Mamisashvili
as Roman Soldier
Lin Peng
as Cold Moon
Sung-jun Yoo
as Cougar (as Steve Yoo)
Xiao Yang
as Captain
Sammy Hung
as Red Sun
William Feng (VI)
as General Huo Qubing
Xu Xiang Dong
as Secretary
Steve Yoo
as Cougar
Ned Bellamy
as Octavius
Danny Salay
as Paullus
David Peck
as Agrippa
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Critic Reviews for Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi)

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (29)

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

    Jan 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."

    Sep 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.

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

    Sep 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.

    Sep 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.

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

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  • 6d ago
    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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