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Dragon Pearl (2011)

Sam Neill , Louis Cobett , Mario Andreacchio  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Neill, Louis Cobett, Li Lin Jin
  • Directors: Mario Andreacchio
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CSW07JM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Junior and the Temple of the Pearl! June 16, 2013
I didn't exactly grow up in the 1980's (truth is I'm a bit older than that), but I really discovered my fascination with the movie-houses during that era. The twin geniuses of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were really at the height of their powers, producing the final two STAR WARS films of the original trilogy, the INDIANA JONES films, E.T., and the like. Of course, once they got going, other filmmakers jumped aboard that `family friendly' train, and so many other outstanding feature films were produced in that same vein of entertainment. Sadly, flicks of that variety are in pretty short supply these days, and who wouldn't embrace a welcome throwback to a time when pictures were more about bringing folks together than they were tearing them apart?

Fortunately, THE DRAGON PEARL revisits most of the sentiments of those features, and I have to guess that's by design. It feels like a direct copy of so many scripts from that bygone era - not in a crash, quick, or cheap way, either. In fact, this one felt mighty nice.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come', then read on ...)

Josh (played by newcomer Louis Corbett) anticipated a boring trip to see his father, Chris Chase (the always reliable Sam Neill), on an archaeological dig in China. At the airport, the boy is surprised to be picked up by Dr. Li (Wang Ji) instead of his old man; but Li is also retrieving her own daughter, Ling (Li Lin Jin), who will also be spending the summer there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kid Friendly Dragon Tale July 7, 2013
This Australian-Chinese collaboration offers kids the chance to be the heroes in a mystical land.

An Austalian boy comes to stay with his archaelogical father(Sam Neill) in China, while equally, a Chinese girl visits her mother at the dig site. At first the kids are put off by each other but soon join forces at the discovery that the girl has a ancient calling with an emperor and a dragon.

They follow an odd man(Jordan Chan) with a flute that only the girl can hear and unearth the lair of a dragon, much to the disbelief of their respective parents and cross paths with some bad guys set on obtaining the powerful pearl of the title.

It's a bit slow in parts. Humor provided by famous Chinese actor/dancer, Chan, not Jackie, made our kids giggle; the dragon is a Chinese dragon, no wings, more noble and elegant looking than our western versions; the stunts and special effects are ok. I liked the scenery, the story was putting me out, but the kids(6 & 9) liked it.

The Australian director, Mario Andreacchio, appears to know what kids like, and keeps the danger to PG level and adds comedy to soften the threats. All ends well with parent-child bonding and dragon satisfaction. 3 1/2 stars. Chinese drummers perform during the credits. No special features.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT CHINESE DRAGON July 20, 2013
Josh (Louis Corbett) visits his archeologist father (Sam Neill) in China. He plays the victim of his parents divorce for some reason that was never developed. Here he meets Ling (Li Lin Jin) and if you read the title you know there is a dragon and a pearl they are tasked with reuniting.

I imagine the idea was to combine the beauty and artistry of the Chinese cinema and give it a plot that won't confuse westerners who don't understand the real complexity of good and evil. The film did not do as well of a job as I had hoped. The artistry was only in a few scenes and the plot was western formulaic. The on screen chemistry never happened. It was forced. Wu Dong (Jordan Chan) the temple keeper was the only one with on screen personality.

I can't imagine a lot of kids wanting to see this more than once. I did like the drumming at the end during the credit roll. Might make for a rental on family night.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie July 5, 2013
I rented this movie for my 8 yr. old daughter and myself. We are now watching it for the second time. We both really think this is a great movie. This is an adventure movie with a twist. Things are not always as they seem, and the ending is wonderful. We would recommend this to any family who love a good family movie with a great plot. There is some fighting in the beginning and the end. You just have to realize that this is a movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun story, kids loved it February 20, 2014
By H. Pham
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My kids loved this movie. it's not crazy CG or super slick plot wise , but the interactions of the characters and the experience of culture is gratifying. it's nice to have an adventure movie that is kid friendly theses days. the children are not brats which is also refreshing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie February 20, 2014
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Was looking for something to watch together one afternoon and discovered what is now a favorite. We have watched is several times since...and will again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bad "Bad Guys" February 13, 2014
By jlc
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Although the story is good, the "bad guy" chatacters were either a bit over-the-top stupid or over played. They reminded me of cartoon characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not as expected February 1, 2014
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Got this because it seemed like a goog family story but was disappointed in it and decided not to keep it in my collection so will be reselling it for what I paid for it. The story seemed lame and the charactors seemed weak in their rolls. the graphics of the dragon was lame. I thought it could have been better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good story line
It was very entertaining and had a great cast. A great family movie. You'll love the dragon he is so cool.
Published 2 months ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it enough to buy it!
My 6 yr old loves this movie! Shows some beautiful scenes of China and has sparked all of our interests into the Chinese culture. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SoonerLala
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Pearl DVD
My son is only 3 1/2 but loved this movie, so much so that he hums the theme song and drums along with it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Beth Bouzid
5.0 out of 5 stars Drangon Pearl, a true pearl above the norm.
Completely entertaining. The whole family night thing was a retro time of popcorn and hot chocolate. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dawn Littlehawk
3.0 out of 5 stars For older kids. 8 and up
Okay movie. Moved every slow and was very hard for my kids to hear and Understand but the older ones finally got into it!
Published 6 months ago by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Jackie Chan
my granddaughter loved. It is something I could watch with her. no foul language, crudness, or gore. just a good family movie.
Published 6 months ago by Texas Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
I like dragons and I am delighted to see oriental dragons that are a bit more elegant than the typical medieval European scaly lizard thing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars What Expectations???
It had a dragon, a pearl, some kids; and there should be some bad guys somewhere. So why not spend a few free minutes to check it out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nancy Plagge
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Great story. Good movie - my 10 hear old son really liked it - so did we (mom and dad)
Published 6 months ago by Lois Feldman
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