The Myth (2005)
"Shen hua" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  23 September 2005 (Hong Kong)
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Archeologist Jack keeps having reoccurring dreams of a past life, where he is the great General Meng Yi, whom is sworn to protect a Korean Princess named OK-soo. Jack decides to go investigate everything with his friend William.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Shao ...
Nangong Yan
Meng Yi / Jack
Weixing Yao ...
General Shen
Jianzhong Zhang ...
Min-su Choi ...
General Choi (as Choi Min Soo)
Yang Jian ...
General Choi's Aide
Gang Wu ...
General Choi's Aide
Maggie Lau ...
Leon Head ...
Dr. Smith
Sudhanshu Pandey ...
Dasar Guard Captain
Governess (as Liang Jingke)
Cai Gang ...
Sasidharan Nair Sajith Kumar ...
Dasar Guard A


Martial arts legend Jackie Chan stars as Jack, a world-renowned archaeologist who has begun having mysterious dreams of a past life as a warrior in ancient China. When a fellow scientist enlists his help locating the mausoleum of China's first emperor, the past collides violently with the present as Jack discovers his amazing visions are based in fact. Assisted by the spirit of a noble princess... Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 2005 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

El mito  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$801,793 (Hong Kong) (23 September 2005)


$2,164,765 (Hong Kong) (14 October 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jackie Chan and Hee-seon Kim sang the theme song "Endless Love". Chan sings Mandarin whereas Seon sings in Korean. See more »


In the end of the movie, when Jack closes the book, on the cover it is written "The Mnth" instead of "The Myth". The difference may be hardly noticeable because of the stylized characters. See more »


The Myth
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brilliant jackie chan movie
11 April 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is a much better movie than previous jc movies made in Hollywood! There is more of a story and more drama. The scenery is excellent. It really brings out the beauty China and India has to offer. After reading several comments from reviewers i can not understand that they did not like this movie. Yes it's more serious, yes it is not typical JC action. But people forget JC is not up to his stunts because of his age. Still he kicks ass like the martial artist he is. I am a Jackie Chan fan since i could watch movies (5 years old)! And i have always liked his movies until he made real bad ones in Hollywood! Since his return in Hongkong you can see the improvement (maybe freedom he has making this movie)! The use of CGI was fitting for this kind of story.Honestly i really was moved by the story. People who love action you will get what you want,amazing stunts and the best martial arts! Also you romantic lovers will not be disappointed! I have only one point of criticism and that is the abrupt ending! But overall one of the better (Jackie Chan) movies made these last years.

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