Nearly fourteen years in the making and through arduous production periods that finally gave director Oleg Stepchenko the first installment of his then-planned Viy trilogy in 2014, the second and long-awaited chapter has finally arrived stateside with Iron Mask (f.k.a. Viy 2 and Journey To China: Mystery Of The Iron Mask, among others).
Lionsgate unveiled the official trailer this week as well, with a planed VoD and Digital release on November 20, and on Blu-Ray and DVD beginning November 24. The big seller? Less so the return of Jason Flemyng as cartographer Jonathan Green than headliners Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger duking it out on screen for the first time, in a film that brims with action star brio that might have otherwise been a welcome big screen feat if it weren’t for the idiot Covid-19 pandemic.
Ah well, guess we’ll take what we can get.
For the first time ever, screen legends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan face off against each other in battle in this epic fantasy-adventure! In order to save his homeland from certain doom, a kung fu master (Chan) must escape from the maniacal James Hook (Schwarzenegger) in order to send his daughter a secret talisman that will allow her to control a massive and mythical dragon. This larger-than-life, globe-trotting tale – ranging from the impenetrable Tower of London to the fabled Silk Road and China’s Great Wall – also stars Rutger Hauer in one of the screen icon’s final performances.