Action superstar Datuk Jackie Chan is in Kuala Lumpur to promote his new film, Dragon Blade with fellow Hollywood stars namely Adrien Brody, John Cusack, South Korean star Choi Si-Won, Lin Peng and Mika Wang.
Chan was seen to be in a great mood, joking and mingling with the reporters, expressed his excitement for his new action flick.
Dragon Blade is inspired by the true event of a missing legion of Roman soldiers when they travelled into China in 48 B.C.
“The film took me seven years to plan and it has never been easy from day one,” Chan told reporters, here, this afternoon.
Filming takes place mostly in the vast Gobi Desert under the unrelenting sun and temperature that can reach up to 41 degrees Celsius during daytime and below zero at night.
â€œI’ve never worked in the Gobi desert before and I think it is majestic,” said Brody who plays the evil Tiberius, who tries to take over the Roman Empire.
â€œIt’s a dream come true for me to be able to work with Jackie,â€ said Cusack.
In Dragon Blade, Chan plays Huo An, a commander of the Protection Squad of the Western Regions during the Han Dynasty. He is then framed for a crime and is enslaved. Meanwhile, a Roman general named Lucius (Cusack) is on the run from the ruthless Tiberius (Brody), who wants to rule Rome by all means, even if it means killing his only brother.
While trying to escape to China, Huo An and Lucius cross path in the most unlikely of circumstances and together they embark on a thrilling journey across the Western Desert to stop Tiberius’ armies from advancing.
Directed by Daniel Lee of 14 Blades fame, the film is reportedly to have cost US$65 million to make – the highest so far for a Chinese film.-NST