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.
|nudity||Brief view of nude woman, seen from rear , buttocks visible.|
|violence||There are several prolonged battle scenes with depictions of violence in the form of sword fighting, arrow shooting, exchange of punches and kicks with some visible bloodletting. While some of the battle scenes are portrayed with some details of infliction of pain and blood, they are not explicit as the scenes often do not linger or are out of frame of that shot. Most depictions of violence are concentrated in the second half of the film. The stronger scenes include a man launching an arrow at the enemy at close range, where the arrow strikes his neck and pierces through his nape in slow motion; a scene where a man's chest is being crushed by the enemy's heavy amour while another enemy soldier stabs him; and a scene where Huo An punches Tiberius arm which breaks at an awkward angle when he is about to be beheaded, followed by a scene where he slashes him at the neck with blood oozing profusely from the wound. Probably the most graphic of which is when the main protagonist's friend is tied to a wall in a contained room with fire surrounding him, his eyes sewn shut, and the main protagonist kills him out of mercy by shooting an arrow in his neck, by which he dies slowly. The shot of the arrow piercing his neck is repeated several times, in slow motion, to pitifully emphasize the death.|
|frightening||About three-fourths of the protagonists die violently, one in particular is quite graphic, and another involves a child prince. However, the film is so devoid of emotion and tone-varying, and also laughably cheesy, that when these scenes do happen sequentially, the audience is quite likely to be uncaring at that point. Lucidity for everyone IMDB already includes the OFFICIAL agency ratings below, so no need for people to add their own opinions, recommendations or scores (which are against the rules anyway, the rules are also included above).|