Dr. Wai in the Scriptures with No Words (1996)
"Mao xian wang" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 1,455 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 9 critic

A serial adventure writer with problems in his personal life lives out the adventures of his literary hero, King of Adventurers.


0Check in
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Meltdown (1995)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After failing to save his wife from 'The Doctor', Kit Li is working as a bodyguard and secret stunt double for the cowardly martial arts film star Frankie Lane. Frankie attends an ... See full summary »

Directors: Jing Wong, Wai-Lun Lam
Stars: Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Jacky Cheung
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two hitmen, one a novice and the other a veteran with poor luck, band together to find the "King of Killers" for whom there is a large reward.

Director: Wei Tung
Stars: Jet Li, Eric Tsang, Simon Yam
The Evil Cult (1993)
Action | Fantasy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A wild and rollicking martial arts fantasy extravaganza that features prized swords -- and swordsmen, a crazy monk attached to a rolling boulder (yup!), serious clan and cult rivalries, and... See full summary »

Directors: Jing Wong, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Jet Li, Sharla Cheung, Chingmy Yau
The Enforcer (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An undercover cop struggling to provide for his son and ailing wife, must infiltrate a ruthless gang. But things turn sour when another cop blows his cover and he quickly finds himself battling for his life and the lives of his family.

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Anita Mui, Mo Tse
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

With an entirely new set of actors, this movie continues the story from Swordsman (1990). Blademaster and his martial arts school decide to retire to a distant mountain. Before leaving, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Stanley Tong
Stars: Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Michelle Reis
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young father and his infant son are beset by forces of evil and corruption. They wander China, upholding their sense of honor and protecting the weak. When they are forced into combat, ... See full summary »

Directors: Jing Wong, Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Deannie Yip
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story is set in both Hong Kong and the U.S. So goes to the U.S. to open a martial arts school. Around this time, many Chinese people were sold off to U.S. railroad companies, and were ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Xin Xin Xiong
Dragon Fight (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two martial artist friends from China are performing a show in the States. Trouble starts when one of them decides to defect and stay in America.

Director: Hin Sing 'Billy' Tang
Stars: Jet Li, Dick Wei, Nina Li Chi
The Defender (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A corrupt businessman commits a murder and the only witness is the girlfriend of another businessman with close connections to the Chinese government, so a bodyguard from Beijing is ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Christy Chung, Kent Cheng
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two rivaling families live on opposite sides of a river. One of them practices Shaolin kung fu and has only sons, while the other has only daughters and practices the Wu-Tang sword. The ... See full summary »

Director: Hsin-Yen Chang
Stars: Jet Li, Lan Ding, Qiuyan Huang
Action | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jet Li stars in this comic spectacle as a Chinese "Robin Hood" who stumbles upon a kidnapping scheme after unwittingly opening a martial arts school next to a brothel!

Directors: Jing Wong, Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Sharla Cheung, Dicky Cheung


Credited cast:
Rosamund Kwan ...
Monica Kwan / Cammy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kim-Fai Che
The Movie Star / Hung Sing (as Sing Ngai)
Billy Chow ...
Chan / Japanese Embassy Guard
Ping Han
Yung-Chang Ho
Sam Kai-Sen Huang
Foo-Keung Kong ...
(as Fu-Keung Kong)
Johnnie Kong ...
(as Johnny Kong)
Kin-yung Kwok
Wai-Ming Lam
Chi Ming Lau ...
(as Chi Ming Liu)


A serial adventure writer with problems in his personal life lives out the adventures of his literary hero, King of Adventurers.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Action | Adventure


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

14 March 1996 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Adventure King  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (Hong Kong) | (international)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Lumbering, would-be spectacular
27 December 2004 | by See all my reviews


Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Anamorphic)

Sound format: Dolby Digital

A huge disappointment from director Tony Ching (DUEL TO THE DEATH, "A Chinese Ghost Story"), this lumbering would-be spectacular - conceived as a light-hearted riff on the Indiana Jones subgenre - finds paperback author Jet Li ploughing all of his frustrations from a crumbling marriage to Rosamund Kwan into a work of fiction where his brave alter ego (a 1930's soldier of fortune, also played by Li) seeks a magical scripture and is thwarted at every turn by a villainous seductress (also Kwan) and her evil cohorts.

The half-hearted script (by Szeto Cheuk-hon, Sandy Shaw and Lam Wai-lun) lurches from one overblown set-piece to another in search of a worthwhile narrative, combining lackluster comedy and predictable action scenes in a failed attempt at a modern epic. However, the combat sequences - choreographed by Ching himself, aided and abetted by Ma Yuk-sing (CAT AND MOUSE) - are staged with typical cinematic bravado, but the formula is wearing a little thin, and the intrusive comic asides serve only to drain tension from the various confrontations between Good and Evil. Stunningly photographed in an uncredited scope format by veteran cinematographer Tom Lau (DRAGON INN, THE EAST IS RED), the film conjures a vivid period atmosphere, and there's a couple of outstanding set-pieces - including a spectacular train crash; Li's encounter with a couple of Sumo wrestlers (don't ask!); and the final showdown with villain Billy Chow - though the climactic visual effects are poor by western standards. Li and Kwan, reunited from their successful teaming in the ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA series, are attractive and lively, while Takeshi Kaneshiro (CHUNG KING EXPRESS) and Charlie Yeung (FALLEN ANGELS) are largely wasted in routine supporting roles.

Plagued by budgetary problems following a disastrous fire which destroyed $HK10 million worth of sets, producers sought to bolster the film's international fortunes by hiring Tsui Hark to direct additional footage for a re-edited export version which drops the modern day sequences and rearranges the narrative in linear fashion. It doesn't help much, but the filmmakers at least deserve points for trying.

(Cantonese dialogue)

10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: