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The Touch (2002)
"Tian mai zhuan qi" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Romance  |  March 2003 (USA)
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A sister and brother, the last heirs of a family of acrobats, are called upon by a Buddhist monk sect to retrieve an artifact that their ancestors have protected throughout the ages.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pak Yin Fay
Sihung Lung ...
The Monk-Dun Huang
Brandon Chang ...
Pak Yeuk Tong
Margaret Wang ...
Emmanuel Lanzi ...
Gabriel Harrison ...
Sam (as Gabriel Hoi)
Yin's Father
Zhenghai Kou ...
Chang Sheng Liu ...
Hua Qin ...
Sua Lang Rao Deng ...
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A sister and brother, the last heirs of a family of acrobats, are called upon by a Buddhist monk sect to retrieve an artifact that their ancestors have protected throughout the ages.

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Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El secreto del talismán  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$89,394 (Hong Kong) (16 August 2002)


$374,279 (France) (15 August 2003)

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Technical Specs


(USA) (Miramax)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Back in 2002, Miramax bought the rights to the film, removing 20 minutes of footage out (resulting in a 83 minute version), and completing the special effects CGI scenes and originally scheduling a 2003-2004 theatrical releases but shelved it until it was only shown on Netflix and Aol On. See more »


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Genre movie without big surprises
28 August 2005 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

"The Touch" is an adventure movie in the tradition of "Raiders of the Lost Ark". It tells the story of a Chinese family of artists who specialized in difficult jumps for many generations. Only such a jump, seeming impossible to anyone else, will make it possible to obtain a holy treasure. Two family members are kidnapped by a treasure hunter (Richard Roxburgh) to get the treasure for him. Yin (Michelle Yeoh), being the head of the family after the demise of her father, pursues them into the desert.

Genre movie without big surprises, but well made (except for the final fight which looks like computer game inspired green screen effects), featuring a female star who successfully avoids any Lara Croft similarities and uses her scarf both as a weapon and a swing rope. "The Touch" was shot in places where nobody else was allowed to film before. The landscapes of Tibet are impressive and make the movie more memorable than the thin plot deserves.

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