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The Dragon Pearl (2011)

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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.

Director:

Mario Andreacchio

Writers:

Mario Andreacchio (story), John Armstrong (original script) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sam Neill ... Chris Chase
Louis Corbett Louis Corbett ... Josh
Li Lin Jin ... Ling
Ji Wang Ji Wang ... Dr. Li
Robert Mammone ... Philip Dukas
Jordan Chan ... Wu Dong
Chen Bao Yuan Chen Bao Yuan ... Henchman 1
Junkang Wang Junkang Wang ... Henchman 2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yi Kang Chen Yi Kang Chen ... Hostess 2
Feng Tao Guo Feng Tao Guo ... Archaeological Assistant
Ming Xiang Guo Ming Xiang Guo ... Doctor
Lei Han Lei Han ... Security Guard 1
Xiang Jing Kong Xiang Jing Kong ... Head of Courtesan
Chong Ru Liao Chong Ru Liao ... Mandarins
Liaoxi Liaoxi ... Dr. Li's driver
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Storyline

Josh (Louis Corbett) and Ling (Li Lin Jin) thought they were in for a boring vacation with 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 mysterious monster that's been hidden deep in a temple for thousands of years. Josh tries to warn his father (Sam Neill) about the strange and magical creature, while Ling senses bigger forces at play. They soon realise that the monster is really an ancient Chinese Dragon, trapped on Earth because it's been separated from its magical pearl. On a breathtaking journey of good and evil Josh and Ling must uncover the mystery of the pearl so that the dragon can finally return to its rightful place. Written by Anonymous

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Finding courage when no one believes. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for adventure action and peril | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The film had its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival on Sunday 6th March 2011. See more »

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Shadow of a man holding a boom mic is visible when they are exploring the tomb with the spotlights. See more »

Connections

References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

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Definitely worth watching. A family-friendly movie that weaves fantasy and parent-child relationship issues into its storyline.
29 May 2011 | by ongyekchengSee all my reviews

The storyboard of this family-friendly (no graphic violence, gore, sexual scenes etc) Australia-China produced movie is pretty original, with touches of Steven Spielberg's ET and Jurassic Park. In fact, Sam Neill is one of the stars, together with Jordan Chan (if you watch Hong Kong action and comedy flicks, you will know him).

Filmed in Hengdian World Studios (Forbidden Kingdom featuring Jet Li and Jackie Chan, Zhang Yimou's Hero etc), the sets involving the underground emperor's tomb and the golden dragon's cave are very convincing.

Above all, the scenes featuring the golden dragon are simply fantastic! In fact, this film has actually set the minimum benchmark for a CGI celestial dragon (with matching awesome audio effects), in true oriental fashion (watch out for the tongue-in-cheek cross references to conventional dinosaur-like/monster-type dragons during the movie).

In future, any self-respecting film featuring heavenly dragon(s) will need to measure up to the life-like CGI rendition in The Dragon Pearl. For this alone, this movie gets 9 out of 10 from me (the presence of Sam Neill and Jordan Chan helped, of course)......!


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

April 2011 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis der Drachenperle See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,919,550
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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