The plot contains some of the most bare-faced historical inaccuracies, but movie fans couldn’t care less.
A trailer of Jackie Chan’s latest movie, Dragon Blade, has gone viral on social media, no matter if the plot revolves around the Roman Empire’s invasion of China’s Han Dynasty, which of course is stretching facts quite a bit.
The movie also stars Hollywood big shots John Cusack and Adrien Brody, and is reportedly one of the most expensive Chinese movies ever made.
The big-budget production, with one account placing the cost at US$65 million, has been bankrolled by a group of mostly Chinese companies and funds including Sparkle Roll Media Corp., Huayi Brothers Media Corp., Shanghai Film Group, Home Media & Entertainment Fund, Tencent Video and Beijing Cultural Assets Chinese Film and Television Fund.
In the film, set in 206-220 A.D., Chan plays a Chinese officer who is framed and later enslaved, while Cusack is a Roman centurion who escapes to China after getting entangled in some sordid affair in Europe. The two cross paths in the desert.
Meanwhile, Brody plays General Tiberius who leads the Roman army in attacking China in a bid to control the Silk Road trade.
Makes for a dramatic plot, indeed. Never mind the inaccuracies. As long as no one is considering it a declaration of war, or thinking of sending hackers or terrorists to spoil the fun.
The film hits Chinese theaters on Feb. 19, according to Variety, but the date for the US release has yet to be announced.
Dragon Blade trailer on YouTube:
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