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Old June 16th, 2014, 07:43 PM   #1
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Film on Roman Legions in China(coming next year)


I been hearing on a new Chinese film coming during Chinese New Year 2015 starring Jackie Chan and Mel Gibson(not confirmed) called Dragon Blade. Its about a Han Dynasty Prince and a Roman general. The Prince is betrayed and sent West to the border as a slave. The Roman guy kills Crassus at the Battle of Cahrae and deserts and saves the Prince when he reaches China. The two have to fight off a Chinese enemy and a Roman expeditionary force sent out to China to hunt down the deserter.(I think)

What do you think?

https://ca.movies.yahoo.com/news/sha...032607329.html
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Mel? Kill me now.
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Old June 17th, 2014, 03:03 AM   #3
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Mel Gibson is not confirmed yet. But Jackie Chan will be.
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That sounds really stupid. By the title I thought this was the myth about surviving romans being shipped off to the eastern frontier by the sassanids (Parthians? I forget) and ending up in China as the "fish scale armor men."

That could have been more interesting.
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Roman expeditionary force in China, well thats that's going to be a "historically accurate" film.
The closest roman expeditionary force in relation to China was the one imprisoned together with emperor Valerian in Bishapur. Romans did build some nice mosaics and bridges there, although not by their own will.

I bet the Romans will be equipped with lorica segmentata which is also "historically accurate".
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There are 2 Romans I believe. 1 is a ex-Roman general slave that leads 1,000 slave Legionaires(the good guys). The other is the guy who killed Crassus who leads a force of 100,000 Roman expeditonary force.(the bad guys)
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Ha!

Anybody want to take bets on what was going through the mind of Mels agent?

'where can we send Mel that has no geographical, physical or plot connection to Israel or Jews and maybe we can revive his career!'

'China? yeah that sounds safe enough?'
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There are 2 Romans I believe. 1 is a ex-Roman general slave that leads 1,000 slave Legionaires(the good guys). The other is the guy who killed Crassus who leads a force of 100,000 Roman expeditonary force.(the bad guys)
Wait the the guy who killed Crassus is the bad guy? Crassus was terrible, if he had been killed before the battle of Carrhae the Romans might have won.

And 100,000 Romans going to China should be impossible for anyone who has any idea about roman army size, distance between Rome and China and the fact that between them lies another empire whose horse-archers will be attacking the Romans all the way to China. Why can't they just make a film about flying chinese warriors invading Rome instead, seems more realistic.

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I honestly have no idea, I'm just reading the article, the script might change.

Yes 100,000 Legionaires seem exeptionally large for long term supply as Mark Antony invaded Parthia with 120,000 and a third of his army starved to death. If the Parthians supplied the Romans yes, it might be possible. Historically Cassius and Brutus made a truce with Parthians.
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Wait the the guy who killed Crassus is the bad guy? Crassus was terrible, if he had been killed before the battle of Carrhae the Romans might have won.

And 100,000 Romans going to China should be impossible for anyone who has any idea about roman army size, distance between Rome and China and the fact that between them lies another empire whose horse-archers will be attacking the Romans all the way to China. Why can't they just make a film about flying chinese warriors invading Rome instead, seems more realistic.
I guess on the positive, if anyone could make a movie with two or three hundred thousand soldier stand ins without CGI, it would be the Chinese. Maybe they are making the largest in the history of mankind...
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