DragonBlade: The Legend of Lang

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DragonBlade: The Legend of Lang
DragonbladeHK.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Antony Szeto
Produced by Stanley Tong
Written by Trevor Morris
Starring
Music by Kin Law
Edited by Chi-Leung Kwong
Production
company
  • DCDC
  • China Film
Distributed by
Release date
  • 6 January 2005 (2005-01-06)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language
  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin
Budget USD$10 million
Box office $1,966,342

DragonBlade: The Legend of Lang (Chinese: 龍刀奇緣) is a 2005 Hong Kong 3D CGI animated adventure fantasy action comedy family martial arts film edited by Chi-Leung Kwong, written by Trevor Morris with music by Kin Law and produced by Stanley Tong. It is the first 3D-CGI Chinese animated feature film from Hong Kong and directed by Antony Szeto. It was co-produced by DCDC and China Film company, and is also considered the first 3D-rendered martial arts film. The film features the voices of Karen Mok, Daniel Wu, Stephen Fung and Sandra Ng. DragonBlade: The Legend of Lang was theatrically released on January 6, 2005 by ERA company and Kantana Animation and was released on DVD and VOD on December 22, 2005 by Era. The film earned $1,966,342 on a USD$10 million budget. It received a Golden Horse Awards nomination for Best Animation Feature.

Plot[edit]

A town is attacked by a deadly creature, it can only be stopped with the Dragon Blade. The one person who knows where the blade is won't tell Lang, and even if he did, untold peril will fall on anyone who dares to find this legendary weapon.

Cast[edit]

Name Voiced by
Ying Ying Karen Mok
Hung Lang Daniel Wu, Stephen Fung
Bali-Ba Sandra Ng (Cantonese) / Ruby Lin (Mandarin version)
Master Wu Jim Chim
Lord Ko Doug Baker
Short Youngster Sam Bobertz
Mr. Hung / Guardian Spirit Stephen Bolton
Sifu Simon Broad

Production[edit]

Director Antony Szeto

The reigning all-China wushu champions gathered together in Shandong where the director and animators flew to learn more about the diversity of martial arts for the film. Although DragonBlade was completely made in Hong Kong, the film was originally animated and lip-synced to English first. This is because it is technically easier to dub from English to Cantonese than the other way around.[1] The MTR transportation service promoted the movie with a Dragonblade octopus card. Since this movie is the first 3D-CG film fully rendered in Hong Kong, the card is now a rare collectible item. The idea of using "outtakes" (better known as "NG"s in Hong Kong) during the end credits was used by the director as a homage to Jackie Chan films. The film was filmed at Beijing, China, Hong Kong, China and Yun Cheng, Shandong, China in 2005. The film's music was composed by Kin Law.

Trivia[edit]

  • First 3-D animated movie from Hong Kong or China.
  • Although DragonBlade was completely made in Hong Kong the film was originally animated and lip-synced to English, one of the city's two official languages. This is because it is technically easier to then dub the English back into Cantonese than if it were the other way around.
  • World's first 3D animated martial arts movie.
  • The idea of using "outtakes" (better known as "NG"s in Hong Kong) was used by the director as a homage to Jackie Chan as his films always features out takes during the end credits.
  • To help animators understand authentic Chinese martial arts' flavor and diversity, the director and animators flew from Hong Kong to Beijing and then traveled 7 hours by train to an obscure town in Shandong. There, reigning all-China wushu champions of the different martial arts styles had come together from all parts of the country, on this rare occasion, to this one place for training.
  • Scriptwriter 'Trevor Morris' is the brother of actress Karen Mok, who lends her voice to the film.

Release[edit]

DragonBlade: The Legend of Lang was theatrically released on January 6, 2005 by ERA company and Kantana Animation and was released on DVD and VOD on December 22, 2005 by Era.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Australian Screen Directors' Association 2006
Award Category Nominee Result
ASDA Award Special Achievement in a First Feature Film and Best Direction of a First Feature Film Antony Szeto Won and Nominated
Golden Horse Film Festival 2005
Award Category Nominee Result
Golden Horse Award Best Animation Feature Antony Szeto Nominated
Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Excellence Awards 2004
Award Category Nominee
HKDEEA Award Professional Category - Best Computer Animation - Feature Film Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IMDB. "IMDB." Dragonblade Trivia. Retrieved on 2007-01-22.

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