The Dragon Pearl 2013 PG CC

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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.

Starring:
Sam Neill, Li Lin Jin
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

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The Dragon Pearl

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Product Details

Genres Adventure, Mystery, Kids & Family
Director Mario Andreacchio
Starring Sam Neill, Li Lin Jin
Supporting actors Louis Corbett, Wang Ji, Robert Mammone, Jordan Chan, Chen Bao Yuan, Wang Junkang
Studio Hengdian World Studios
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

My 6 yr old loves this movie!
SoonerLala
Good family fun, cool story, great animation/special effects in bringing a Chinese Dragon to life.
Dennis P. Mace
Things are not always as they seem, and the ending is wonderful.
S. Kessinger

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 16, 2013
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mk TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2013
Format: DVD
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 By Sandy on January 30, 2014
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It was very entertaining and had a great cast. A great family movie. You'll love the dragon he is so cool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on July 20, 2013
Format: DVD
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 By S. Kessinger on July 5, 2013
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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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kids came watch this and learn something
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While the story is kind of simple, the scenery is very well done, But the Dragon is amazing! In many "monster" movies, you are lucky if you get a glimpse of it. I was astonished that there was scene after scene of this beautiful creature-creation. Many people don;t know that the Oriental Sky Dragons are benevolent characters, not like the European pestilence associated dinosaur-like "dragons" .....(except oriental red river dragons)..This is a great family movie. (And there are 2 girl characters too) One of my favorite movies!
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