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Release Date:
23 September 2005 (Hong Kong) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jackie Chan ... General Meng Yi / Dr Jack Chan

Hee-seon Kim ... Ok-soo

Tony Ka Fai Leung ... William

Mallika Sherawat ... Samantha
Ken Lo ... Dragon

Rongguang Yu ... Zhao Kuang
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ram Gopal Bajaj ... The Guru
Min-su Choi ... General Choi (as Choi Min Soo)

Jason Chong ... Jack / General Meng-Yi (English Revoice)
Kumman Gopakumar ... Dasar Policeman
Hiro Hayama ... Tiger
Jun He ... Phoenix
Leon Head ... Dr. Smith
Sasidharan Nair Sajith Kumar ... Dasar Guard A
Biju Kumman ... Dasar Policeman
Sunil Kumar Kumman ... Dasar Guard B
Maggie Lau ... Maggie
Xuetong Li ... Curator
Jingke Liang ... Governess (as Liang Jingke)
Karimbil Nidheesh ... Dasar Policeman
Sudhanshu Pandey
Hyun Jin Park ... Eagle
Bing Shao ... Nangong Yan
Zi-liang Shi ... Imperial doctor
Qiao Shun ... Eunuch

Zhou Sun ... Mr. Koo
Patrick Tam ... General Xu Gui
Ken Wong ... Rebel General Meng Jie
Weixing Yao ... General Shen
Tak Yuen ... Dasar Monk (as Richard Hung)
Jianzhong Zhang ... Official

Directed by
Stanley Tong 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hai-shu Li 
Stanley Tong 
Hui-Ling Wang 

Produced by
Bobby Bedi .... co-producer: India
Puja Bedi .... line producer: India
Jackie Chan .... executive producer
Jackie Chan .... producer
Willie Chan .... executive producer
Willie Chan .... producer
Gin Lau .... line producer
Kim Wah Lou .... line producer (as Lo Kim Wah)
Solon So .... producer
Barbie Tung .... producer
Buting Yang .... executive producer
Albert Yeung .... executive producer
Jianzhong Zhang .... line producer: Shanghai
 
Original Music by
Gary Chase 
Nathan Wang 
 
Cinematography by
Wing-Hang Wong 
 
Film Editing by
Chi Wai Yau 
 
Casting by
Sheila Manning 
 
Production Design by
Oliver Wong 
 
Costume Design by
Thomas Chong 
 
Makeup Department
Zhang Qing Chen .... makeup artist: Lanzhou (as Zhangqing Chen)
Maggie Choy .... makeup artist
Chang Ming Gao .... hair stylist: Shanghai (as Gao Changming)
Wai Kuen Lai .... hair stylist
Wai Hing Lau .... hair stylist (as Lau Wai Hing)
Suresh Monty .... makeup artist: India
Saroj Rokhundl .... hair stylist: India
Cal Salhua .... makeup artist: Shanghai
Chhotu Sheikh .... makeup artist: India (as Chotu Shaikh)
Zhang Xitao .... hair stylist: Lanzhou
Ronald Yeung .... hair stylist
Wang Yuanyuan .... hair stylist: Lanzhou
Zhang Zhong .... makeup artist: Lanzhou
 
Production Management
Sze Ting Chan .... unit manager (as Si-Ting Chan)
Ringo Chen .... associate production manager
Yuk Wah Cheung .... unit manager
Lee Kwok Fal .... assistant production manager
Joe Lee .... assistant production manager
Ram Ling .... assistant production manager
Melody Lui .... associate production manager: India
Rohit Ved Prakash .... associate production manager: India
Yogender Tyagi .... unit manager: India
Carly Wong .... production manager
Eddie Wong .... associate production manager
Wendy Wong .... production manager: India
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Janet Chun .... first assistant director
Chang Jing .... third assistant director
Raman Kumar .... third assistant director: India
Man Ki Kwok .... second assistant director
Man-Yiu Lee .... first assistant director
Chi On Leung .... first assistant director
Hai-shu Li .... third assistant director
Bin Liao .... assistant director: Lanzhou (as Liao Bin)
Lemon Liu .... first assistant director (as Liu Yick Man)
Siddhartha Luther .... second assistant director: India
Murli Menon .... first assistant director: India
Naresh Sharma .... third assistant director: India
Koo Chi Wai .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Andrew Belletty .... sound mixer
Brett Hinton .... printmaster engineer
Nicole Lazaroff .... boom operator
Gavin Myers .... sound effects editor
Lin Qiu .... location boom operator
Terry Shek .... sound effects editor
Ye Shu .... adr recordist
Kinson Tsang .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Wendy Choi .... visual effects producer
Jeuk-Gei Chu .... digital compositor
Majush James .... visual effects artist
Wai-lun Kwok .... digital compositor
Chi Wai Law .... digital effects
Jun-Kit Leung .... digital compositor
Samuel Mok .... visual effects compositor
Willie Ng .... digital effects
Chun-Pong Sun .... digital compositor
Hok-Man Tsang .... digital effects
David Tso .... visual effects supervisor
Peggy Wong .... visual effects producer
Van Wong .... digital effects
 
Stunts
Jackie Chan .... stunt director
William Dewsbury .... horse wrangler
Jun He .... stunts
Han Guan Hua .... stunts
Bruce Law .... stunt coordinator: fire sequences and body burns
In Seob Lee .... additional stunt double: Jackie Chan
Ken Lo .... stunt double
Hyun Jin Park .... stunt performer
Stanley Tong .... stunt director
Gang Wu .... stunt performer
Tak Yuen .... stunt director (as Richard Hung)
Jackie Chan .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Jon Foo .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hoi Yan Chan .... gaffer
Mulchand Dedhia .... gaffer: India
Ho-Yuen Fong .... still photographer
Samuel Fu .... assistant camera: second unit
Chin-cheng Fung .... electrician
Michael A. Johnson .... Steadicam operator
Michael A. Johnson .... camera operator
Michael A. Johnson .... cinematographer: second unit
Ming-Chuen Lo .... dolly grip
Chun Mo Wong .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Denie Li .... conceptual costume designer
 
Music Department
Milton Nelson .... orchestrator
Johs Wu .... music editor
 
Other crew
Damon Chan .... production accountant
Jackie Chan .... action director
Joe Chan .... continuity
Joe Chan .... script supervisor
Dal Changming .... on-set doctor: Yunnan
Mustafa Chaniwala .... floor runner: India
Yu Fei .... catering coordinator: Beijing
Li Guohui .... catering coordinator: Yunnan
Wang Jiafan .... catering coordinator: Shanghai
Zhu Jingshu .... production accountant: Shanghai
Siddarth Joshi .... extras coordinator: India (as Siddharth Joshi)
Padmaja Karmaikar .... office secretary: India (as Padmaja S. Karmalkar)
Weimin Lao .... horse trainer: Lanzhou unit
Weimin Liu .... horse trainer
Trevor Morris .... subtitle translator
Meenakshi Pande .... production secretary: India (as Meenakshi Pandey)
Sandeep Soparrkar .... choreographer: India (as Sandip Soparrkar)
Graham Ware Jr. .... horse trainer (as Grahame Ware)
Irene Wong .... production secretary
Jiang Yingjie .... catering coordinator: Shanghai
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shen hua" - Hong Kong (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence (original version)
Runtime:
Philippines:117 min | Hong Kong:122 min | Canada:118 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was the original choice to play the Indian princess but she was on tour at the time and her busy schedule didn't allow her to take the role.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While playing with the elephant "Lakshmi", apparently a female elephant, Mallika Sherawat says to it "Good boy, Good boy".See more »
Soundtrack:
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56 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: The Myth, 22 September 2005
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

This film was pretty hyped up for many reasons. Jackie Chan, after the relatively successful return to HK movie industry with the release of New Police Story, teams up once again with Stanley Tong (Rumble in the Bronx) for starters. Tong wrote the story of The Myth, casting Jackie Chan in a never seen before role (yes, audiences are tired with his cop roles already) as a Qin dynasty general. What's refreshing too is that the role requires the use of a real weapon (a sword in this case), rather than having JC's character improvising with tools from his environment.

As most would already know from the trailer and poster, JC plays Jack Chan (about time they come up with better names too), an archaeologist who dreams about a Korean princess whom he's escorting to the Qin emperor as his new concubine. It's a recurring dream, and before you can say "Indiana Jones", he's off to locales he sees in his dream world to try and unravel its mystery, while research companion Tony Leung (The Lover) irks him along the way with tomb raiding in the name of scientific studies.

The story, while it might be original for a Jackie Chan movie, seemed a little cliché. It plays like a young boy's fantasy of snagging that exotic oriental princess, enjoying the support of the troop masses, having utmost loyalty to the king, and blessed with good fighting skills topped with a signature sword. And with the Qin dynasty, you're usually reduced to plots which may include the Great Wall, beautiful consorts, or the pill of Immortality.

The Myth looks and feels like a classic JC movie in terms of production values, like the familiar fight-with-the-baddies-acrobatic-stunts scenes, and physical humour injected at certain points. However, I guess with JC's age, the number of fight scenes have been reduced, and somewhat slowed down deliberately. The fight at the Rat Glue Factory stood out for being a combination of both brawn and injected situational humour. On the other hand, The Myth signifies new developments in a typical JC storyline, with the introduction of drama-mama romance (nothing much romantic though, with being comatose in all the good bits and lots of lingering stares), and a surprise(?) epilogue for his Qin character. And the "No blood no sex" unofficial clause goes out the window too.

Despite its huge budget, the special effects were not refined, which was a pity. The "blue screen" effect is obvious, even to the untrained eye, and there were a tad too many "lazy extras" who, in wide angled, supposedly big epic fight scenes, just stood, danced, moved around, anything but fight realistically. The original Highlander perfected the art of transitioning between flashbacks and present time, while The Myth falters, looking seemingly forced and contrived at times, or opted for the cheap way out - the blackouts.

As with most JC films, the women here play "flower vases". But I'm not complaining. Kim Hee-seon was beautiful in her role as the princess, and in the blooper reel, she was actually speaking Mandarin, and having a hard time remembering her lines. Mallika Sherawat was sizzling as she dandied around in flimsical dresses, while executing those high kicks, and I guess the entire run up to the Rat Glue Factory might turn out to be a fan favourite.

Many in the audience were surprised when the characters started speaking in Cantonese (for settings in modern day Hong Kong), and the local censors had no issue with that, instead of dubbing over the lines with Mandarin. Now that's a thumbs up.

So enjoy The Myth for what it is, just don't expect too much from a simple predictable storyline, and for some illogical and improbable scenes (I can't stand the horse back-kicking bits) that plays out like Michelle Yeoh's The Touch or even JC's own The Medallion.

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