Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review - Dragon Blade

Warning: This entire post is a spoiler.

This is a story about Jackie Chan leading his band of blue-armband-wearing brothers in an attempt to establish the first United Nations (Asia). This ancient UN serves to protect international trade lines and prevent western superpowers from establishing trade monopolies.

As expected, the 36 Asian nations are at loggerheads with each other at the start and the United Nations (Asia) had plenty of teething problems, but this is nothing a bit of western foreign aid cannot solve. (Of course the foreign aid comes in the form of technology and expertise from good Europeans who desire nothing from the Asians other than food, water and a cultural exchange event.)

In the end, world peace is established when all the Asian countries unite to throw out the greedy white colonialist from Asia, with the help of the good Europeans who are willing to follow a Chinese leader (who can speak all 36 languages and English although he had never met a westerner before). They live happily ever after in a city with 36 different flags flying from its wall (excluding Korea because they helped the bad westerners).

My only question is this... If this civilization is so ideal, why does the movie ends with this city in ruins?

It's basically the Chinese answer to The Battle of Five Armies, eagles and all (I'm not kidding). Asians are good only when united, and Westerners are good only when divided.

Bechdel Test: Failed - Jackie Chan shows are all about Jackie Chan.

No. of films seen this year with:
     White man saving the world - 3
     Non-white/male protagonist - 5

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