The casts of <Dragon Blade 天将雄师> were here in Singapore from Feb 9th– 10th to promote their movie which will be in cinema’s this Chinese New Year, Feb 19th 2015.
Directed by Daniel Lee, with main casts; Jackie Chan, Adrien Brody, John Cusack, Choi Siwon (Super Junior), Wang Ruoxin (Mika) & Lin Peng, the movie is filmed at a budget of US$65 million, the highest budget yet for a Chinese film. Inspired by true historical events, the story of <Dragon Blade 天将雄师> begins with the discovery of an ancient “military journal” featuring different totem symbols. The film shoots in Dunhuang and the Gobi Desert, which form the dramatic natural backdrop. The environment was harsh to the crew as well as the actors, with sandstorms and rains, there were times where filming had to be delayed or the scene to be changed without prior notice.
During the press conference, Jackie Chan was saying the most tiring people in the film are actually the production crew, the ones behind the camera. They were the ones who had to be the first to arrive and the last to leave, unlike the actors. The passionate crew also moved John Cusack and Adrien Brody with their passion, as they always feel very happy to be working with them. Then Jackie teased them about how they will find him after the filming. Jackie is also the co-producer of this film, so after the filming, he will have to do a lot of editing, planning, etc. Both John and Adrien will always find Jackie in his room to talk to him so Jackie was really tired everyday just by entertaining them. But we all know that he was actually teasing the both of them because Jackie was really caring for all his casts and crew.
In a scene, Lin Peng actually fell from two meters onto gravel when her wires broke. She landed hard on her left side of her body and luckily her head was protected by Jackie. She said it hurts a lot but accidents happen which cannot be helped. She plays the icy Hun warrior Cold Moon and she feels very stressful because of her role. Other than acting alongside with the top actors, her role requires her to be very good in martial arts. Jackie has a very high expectation of her martial arts so she was really stressed in filming her role.
The other main female character, Mika Wang, plays Jackie’s wife in the film. She expressed that she is very honoured to be a part of Jackie’s film and she has learned a lot from the films, not just acting but also in terms of life.
When asked which is easier, dancing or dodging swords, Siwon feels that both are totally different things. Whenever he has to film a scene, Jackie will always tell the actors about what this scene is about or what he wants this scene to bring so Siwon is very thankful to be able to work with Da Ge- Jackie.
John have been watching Jackie’s films since young and he together with Adrien really admired him. John was very happy and feel very excited to be able to work with Jackie. Both Adrien and John said that it was a fantasy came true for them to be able to work and act along with Jackie in a martial art film. In U.S, Jackie’s martial art films are always the best. So working with Jackie is already the peak, they will not be able to experience better with anyone else.
This is going to be Jackie’s 54 years in the movie industry. He feels like there is no more competition in the movie industry in terms of ticket sales as compared to last time. He just want every film to do well and he wants to deliver the important message of ‘World Peace’ through the film. In every movie, he will put in his heart and soul in it so Jackie believes that <Dragon Blade 天将雄师> will not fail everyone’s expectations.
The show was prepared for 7 years, and filmed for 6 months, with the editing and all, a year plus. If the audience love the movie, Jackie will feel worth it and satisfied despite the pain, injuries, sweat and even blood. So be sure to watch the movie, <Dragon Blade 天将雄师> in cinemas this Chinese New Year!
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