Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan Co-Star in a Fantasy Epic Whose Trailer Has to Be Seen to Be Believed

Yes, this is a real movie.
Yes, this is a real movie.
Image: Signature Entertainment

Here’s the best sentence you’re likely to read today: A movie exists that has dragons and magic and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan fighting each other. How we’re just realizing that we’ll never know. But we do realize it, there’s a trailer, and holy crap you have to see it.


The film is called The Iron Mask, but it was previously titled Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask. (Other previous titles include Viy-2 and Viy 2: Journey to China.) It’s a sequel to the 2014 film Viy (aka Forbidden Empire) and was released in several international markets last year. The UK gets a theatrical and digital release in April but it’s unclear if The Iron Mask will be available digitally in the United States or other parts of the world too.

Nevertheless, this trailer is a bonkers collection of action legends, high fantasy, questionable history, CGI sets, bad quips, and just...*chef’s kiss*...we love it.

Is it just us or do you get the sense that the bulk of the actual movie is the Jason Flemyng storyline—and this trailer contains 95 percent of all the Schwarzenegger and Chan scenes? The whole thing feels like a ruse to get people to think they are going to see a lot of Arnold and Jackie but really they’re going to see lots of the guy from Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels riding in a carriage for the entire movie.

If not? Then great. But if so? Well done to the marketing team. Either way, this shit looks bananas and we can’t get over it.

[H/T Syfy]

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The film was released last year and it bombed. Even in China. For obvious reasons. First of all, it’s not a Jackie Chan/Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. They are borderline cameos/small support roles. It is a sequel to a Russian movie. There is dubbing that makes it worse to sit through.

Some people say the Visuals are no different than Hollywood movies, and that would be true if it were released in 1999 at the same time as Star Wars: the Phantom Menace. It’s a good effort. Sadly it’s just very poorly done. It makes D War visuals look top notch. The CGI is good looking for Playstation 2 graphics.

Certain dialog in English were redubbed in English to portray China in a more flattering light. The original Russian film was a dark fantasy. They wanted the sequel to be more light hearted. Think Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. It is unfortunate but perhaps a blessing in disguise that this article didn’t mention that this is one of Rutger Hauer’s final movies. Just a paycheck bit part.

Besides the dubbing, the jokes, the visuals that many complained contributing it’s poor performance, perhaps it’s worth watching once for free. Whether it’s free streaming or free downloading, but not worth paying for even the dollar cinemas. It might be good background noise for cleaning up your place, or background movie playing at a kids party.