Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger appear in the fantasy film Viy 2: Journey To China.
The Russian fantasy film Viy was a huge success in its native land breaking box office records for its opening weekend. The film was subsequently released around the world as Forbidden Empire (The Forbidden Kingdom in the UK, not to be confused with the Jackie Chan and Jet Li picture of the same name).
Viy is the story of an 18th-century cartographer Jonathan Green who undertakes a scientific voyage from Western Europe to the East. He becomes stuck in a small village in Ukraine that he will soon discover has been infested by an evil ready to take on the world.
I’ve never heard of this film before and after seeing the trailer, I certainly want to watch it now. It looks like a less cheesy version of Hugh Jackman’s Van Helsing from 2004.
Jonathan Green is played by Jason Flemyng who most people will remember from Guy Ritchie’s British crime films, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch.
Fast forward to 2018 and a sequel has been produced, Viy 2: Journey to China. This time, Jonathan Green receives an order from Peter the Great to map the Russian Far East.
Jonathan sets out on a journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China. On the way, he’ll encounter bizarre creatures, Chinese princesses and confront deadly martial arts masters and even the Dragon King himself.
In order to appeal to an international audience, Viy 2 also stars Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rutger Hauer.
The trailer is understandably in the Russian language so just enjoy the visuals.
Title: Viy 2: Journey to China
Release | US: TBA | UK: TBA | Russia: 2018 | World: IMDb