A Geek’s Reaction: Dragon Blade Trailer, Starring Jackie Chan

Trailer for Jackie Chan’s new film, Dragon Blade

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

There’s a movie I’ve long wanted to see where the Romans and the Chinese go to war with each other. They were both empires that existed side by side in time, but the treacherous distance between them meant they never directly confronted each other — but who would let a silly fact like that get in the way of an awesome idea?

For me, this has been a long time coming, but we’re finally going to watch what happens when both of these ancient empires cross swords with the upcoming film Dragon Blade. Check out the trailer below:

Dragon Blade stars Jackie Chan as General Huo An who must protect the Silk Road from being claimed by the corrupt Roman Tiberius, played by Adrien Brody. To do so, Huo An must team up with a Roman general named Lucius, played by John Cusack, and together defeat Tiberius and his legions of warriors.

The plot sounds impossible, the film looks ludicrous… but I mean that in the best way possible! There’s a very East-meets-West visual style to the trailer that mixes a North American design sensibility, with a very Eastern pulp narrative. Chan is producing the film, which means the action will almost certainly be extraordinary in a way I usually feel is lacking in American cinema.

The film has already done well in its native China and Southeast Asia, and I’m glad they’re trying to put it out in theaters in North America. It’s rare I get to see a film like this in theaters, and I guess having both Cusack and Brody (whose career seems to have evaporated after Peter Jackson’s King Kong) as cast members will make it easier to sell to the American market.

Dragon Blade, directed by Daniel Lee (14 Blades), will premiere in theaters and on demand on September 4, 2015. Here is the official synopsis for the film:

A massive success this year in its native China, “Dragon Blade” brings action spectacle on a grand scale to US audiences. Featuring an international cast led by Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody, the film features the fight for the Silk Road when East and West collide. When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius (Adrien Brody) arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An (Jackie Chan) and his group of trained warriors teams up with an elite legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius (John Cusack) to maintain the delicate balance of power in the region. To protect his country and his new friends, Huo An gathers the warriors of thirty-six ethnic nations together to fight Tiberius in an incredible epic battle. The film is written and directed by Daniel Lee (“Black Mask”) and produced by Jackie Chan and Susanna Tsang.

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