Oleg Stepchenko's long-awaited, albeit loose adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's 19th century horror novella, Viy, has seen quite an evolution. And a lengthy one at that with years of production hurdles until it finally released in 2014 in Russia; The film released in the U.S. as Forbidden Empire and as the first of a trilogy at that, a sequel was in tow the following year upon its announcement.
Thus, we have Stepchenko back in the director's chair and continuing the story of cartographer Jonathan Green, played by Jason Flemyng and Rutger Hauer, and after a small stir of big named circling the film, are officially seeing action legends Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Neither of the latter two are visble in the most recent teaser for the film which now titles itself as Journey To China: The Mystery Of The Iron Mask, which arrived over the summer with no subs, but nevertheless boasts some pretty neat visuals along with some sweeping action to boot - per the addition of Chan and his stunt team.
The English traveler Jonathan Green receives from Peter the Great an order to map the Russian Far East. Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China.
The cartographer will unexpectedly face a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters and even the king of all dragons - the Dragon King. What could be more dangerous than meeting eye to eye with Viy, except doing it again? What would be stronger this time - a staunch skepticism of the scientist or the old black magic that has seized power of Eastern lands?