The Treasure Hunter (Ci ling) - Jay Chou, Chiling Lin, Daoming Chen, Yen-ping "Kevin" Chu
Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities
Based on the popular comic series Chiling, the adventure takes part in the north west desert where countless prosperous dynasties have flourished and fallen, there is rumour of a treasure of unbelievable riches buried among it. A group of mysterious guardians have hidden the map to the location of the treasure until a fierce rivalry erupted. A notorious international crime group, The Company, hunted down the map-keeper and before they managed to secure the map, the keeper passed the map to a young chivalrous man Ciao Fei (Jay Chou).
Ciao Fei was forced to give up the map to save the life of his mentor's daughter Lan Ting (Lin Chi Ling). Teaming up with famous archaeologist Hua Dingbang (Daoming Chen) they embark on a dangerous journey to recover the map and fight to protect the ancient treasure.
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film action adventure Taiwan treasure map Mandarin desert archaeology martial arts
Persons of interest
- Jay Chou .... Ciao Fei
- Chiling Lin .... Lan Ting
- Eric Tsang .... Chop
- Daoming Chen .... Hua Dingbang
- Ian Powers .... Russian Smuggler
- Mao Pu .... Sword Thirteen
- River Chen .... Desert Eagle
- Yen-ping "Kevin" Chu .... Director
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- NB: Mandarin language dialogue with English language subtitles
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Special Agent Matti
The Treasure Hunter (Ci ling) is an action adventure martial arts film. It has a little resemblance to to a Chinese Indiana Jones and though it could not be compared to epics like Hero or The forbidden kingdom, it did manage to bring an easily followed storyline without too many over-the-top effects. The story is of a relic hunter who returns stolen artefacts to their rightful owners, with a hint of romance on the side. If you want a lot of hardcore action from start to finish then this may not be the film for you but if you are after an entertaining hour and a half give it a try.
"Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put water into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend." - Bruce Lee
The action, adventure, Taiwan movie The Treasure Hunter (Ci ling) is directed by Yen-ping "Kevin" Chu and stars Jay Chou, Chiling Lin, Daoming Chen.
Government security censorship classification
M (Action violence)
105 minutes (1:45 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 14 January 2010 - Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney