LEGEND OF THE NAGA PEARLS (Theatrical Release CHINA 2017)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì

Legend of the Naga Pearls—a Chinese film with subtitles—has average to good acting and a solid, but not fresh, storyline. The special effects are there but lack the WOW factor. There are significant challenges in the movie’s ability to touch the universal heart partially due to lack of depth in the characters. In other words, the personality of the characters needs more human relate-ability to find that common ground that establishes empathy and audience involvement in the story...to move the audience from ‘why should I care’ to ‘I care about this story’. To understand and appreciate this movie, read a plotline before going and watch at home where the film can be stopped to re-read missed dialogue due to rapidly running script lines. Two serendipities of watching this movie are: the costuming department performs on an outstanding level and the film allows another good dive into Chinese culture.

Storyline

A tribe with the capability of flying lose that ability and go in search of the Naga Pearls to regain lost powers while other powerful forces compete to get the pearls first.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Yang Lei for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Gordon Chan and Fan Feifel for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Ni Kongkong (Talu Wang), Hei Yu (Tian’Ai Zhang), Xuelie (Simon Yam), Geli (Guansen Sheng), (Xun Wang), (Luxia Jiang), (Sui He), (Xing Yu), (Junxiao Liu), (Jian Zhao), Prince (Alex Chow), (Yihen Du), Emperor (Bing Hu), (Oliven Meng), and (Naason Shi).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The movie is an interesting watch, but it is hard to follow.


Ben Meyers

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