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11 March 2011 (China) See more »
Josh and Ling were expecting a boring vacation visiting each of their parents at an archaeological dig in China. But the new friends soon discover they're right in the middle of an adventure when they find a Chinese Golden Dragon. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sam Neill ... Chris Chase

Li Lin Jin ... Ling
Louis Corbett ... Josh
Wang Ji ... Dr. Li

Robert Mammone ... Philip Dukas
Jordan Chan ... Wu Dong
Chen Bao Yuan ... Henchman 1
Wang Junkang ... Henchman 2

Directed by
Mario Andreacchio 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mario Andreacchio  story
John Armstrong  original script
John Armstrong  story
Philip Dalkin  screenplay
Ron Saunders  story

Produced by
Xu Yong An .... executive producer
Marco Andreacchio .... associate producer
Mario Andreacchio .... producer: Principal
Dominic Burman .... associate producer
Pauline Chan .... producer: China
Charles M. Fries .... executive producer
Gao Hai Hao .... executive producer
Graeme Hodge .... executive producer
John Hood .... executive producer
Mark Patterson .... producer: Australia
Geoff Rischbieth .... executive producer
Ron Saunders .... executive producer
John Sim .... executive producer
Jeffrey M. Sneller .... executive producer
Shan Tam .... producer: China
William W. Wilson III .... producer: China
Liu Zhijiang .... producer: Principal
Original Music by
Frank Strangio 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Simpson 
Film Editing by
Suresh Ayyar 
Casting by
Angela Heesom 
Costume Design by
Jack Tung 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lanny Dong .... second assistant director
Lemon Liu .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Pete Best .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Carter .... sound effects editor
James Currie .... sound recordist
Tom Heuzenroeder .... sound effects editor
Ravi Moerman .... sound assistant
Yong Zhang .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Anton Andreacchio .... environment artist: Convergen
Anton Andreacchio .... visual effects producer: Convergen
Carlo Andreacchio .... compositor: Convergen
Carlo Andreacchio .... environment artist: Convergen
Carlo Andreacchio .... visual effects supervisor: Convergen
Sam Baker .... animator: Rising Sun Pictures
Kane Brassington .... paint fix artist
Delphine Buratti .... digital compositor
Ben Campbell .... lighting technical director
Steve Cypreos .... environment artist: Convergen
Michaela Danby .... digital compositor
Ross DeYoung .... visual effects artist
Ben Dickson .... digital compositor: Rising Sun Pictures
John Dietz .... visual effects supervisor
Victor Glushchenko .... 3d animator
Deepak Gupta .... animation finaller: Rising Sun Pictures
Aaron Herczeg .... rendering manager: Convergen
Aaron Herczeg .... systems engineer: Convergen
Sam Hodge .... cg supervisor: RSP
David Humphreys .... visual effects previz artist: Convergen (as David Humphries)
Gemma James .... production manager
Cleland Jones .... visual effects editor: Convergen
Mariya Kalachova .... visual effects previz artist: Convergen
Chun Ho Ray Leung .... modeller
Neil Lim Sang .... senior animator: Rising Sun Pictures
Justin Long .... junior lighting artist
Campbell McGrouther .... look development artist: Rising Sun Pictures
Piers Mussared .... environment artist: Convergen
Scott Novak .... pipeline developer: Rising Sun Pictures
Ben Outerbridge .... digital compositor
Luis Pages .... senior effects technical director: Rising Sun Pictures
Danny Philippou .... production assistant: Convergen
Emily Probert .... roto artist: Rising Sun Pictures
Greg Schrader .... rendering manager: Convergen
Greg Schrader .... technical director: Convergen
Matthew Shaw .... digital compositor
Mark Story .... visual effects coordinator
Michael Taylor .... production executive: rising sun pictures
Matthew Vesely .... project manager: Convergen (as Matt Vesely)
Tyler Bartley .... concept artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Andre Deubel .... camera operator
Andre Deubel .... director of photography: second unit
Animation Department
Aaron Barlow .... animator
Vernessa Cook .... animator
Nathan Jones .... animator
Tony Thorne .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nicole Yuen .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Allan Chesher .... dit
Cleland Jones .... assistant editor
Alex Meddick .... colorist
Music Department
William Boston .... supervising orchestrator
Rossano Galante .... orchestrator
Vladimir Martinka .... music librarian
Martin Roller .... assistant scoring engineer
Other crew
Mark Kraus .... financial controller
Susie Struth .... script supervisor

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Rated PG for adventure action and peril
93 min (original version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Crew or equipment visible: Shadow of a man holding a boom mic is visible when they are exploring the tomb with the spotlights.See more »


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27 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Mildly entertaining, 18 March 2011
Author: blanknamedstuff from United States

I had the opportunity to catch this film as a prerelease promo. Knowing nothing about it except that the story took place in China I thought it would be a good waste of an evening. It was. A waste, that is.

There is a long standing tradition among American film viewers that, with rare exception, any movie with the word "dragon" in its title is going to be disappointing. The Dragon Pearl is not one of those exceptions.

The entire thing feels like it was written, cast, and directed by a high school drama team. The story is bland and predictable, following the typical adventure theme. The characters were cookie cutter clones of every adventure movie character we've seen. The actors might as well be made of cardboard for all the emotion they showed. The poorly choreographed fight scenes rely on bad camera angles and 1 second shots to drive them along. And the film itself... maybe it was just the version I watched, but it had a grainy late-80's style to it. (Think: The Goonies.)

I missed about 1/4 of the dialogue due to lack of subtitles (Chinese and English are both spoken throughout the movie) but that should be fixed in the actual release.

The dragon itself amazed me. It wasn't very good (it looked like a plastic toy) but the amount of fluidity to its movement was excellent. It swam through the air, curling around itself, almost like a slow moving eel. They really should have textured it better.

All in all it's one of those budget flicks you won't mind watching on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Assuming there's nothing else to do.

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