Also known as The Iron Mask: Mystery Of The Dragon Seal, this is a sequel to 2014’s Forbidden Kingdom, also known as Viy. Despite going straight to DVD in most other countries, it was the highest-grossing movie in Russia.
The English traveler Jonathan Green receives from Peter the Great an order to map the Russian Far East. Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China. The cartographer will unexpectedly face a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese Princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters, and even the king of all dragons, the Dragon King. What could be more dangerous than meeting eye-to-eye with Viy, except doing it again? What would be stronger this time, a staunch skepticism of the scientist or the old black magic that has seized power of Eastern lands?
This is Jason Flemyng’s vehicle as he appeared in the first movie which is now looking like a pretty shrewd move because the sequel was able to attract some pretty big-name talent. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Charles Dance and Rutger Hauer are all on board for this one.
Oleg Stepchenko returns to direct as well and though he hasn’t worked a lot in films he was production designer for the first-ever commercial filmed in space which also makes him a world record contributor, according to The Guinness Book anyway.
Check it out:
It looks like a fun actioner, nice visuals and silly enough performances to make it at least decent in-flight entertainment. To be fair though, the main character here is Jason Flemyng. Despite what the poster and his blip scenes in the trailer would lead you to believe the big names are pretty much-supporting characters.
But if this mother hits Netflix I am definitely going to check it out okay, probably… it may all depend on how much of a hassle finding the remote is!
Look for this piece in theatres on April 10.