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The Myth -- 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...


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Release Date:
23 September 2005 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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Worth it for the rat glue factory scene alone See more (59 total) »


  (in credits order)
Bing Shao ... Nangong Yan

Jackie Chan ... Meng Yi / Jack
Weixing Yao ... General Shen
Jianzhong Zhang ... Official

Hee-seon Kim ... Ok Soo
Min-su Choi ... General Choi (as Choi Min Soo)
Yang Jian ... General Choi's Aide
Gang Wu ... General Choi's Aide

Tony Ka Fai Leung ... William
Maggie Lau ... Maggie
Leon Head ... Dr. Smith
Sudhanshu Pandey ... Dasar Guard Captain
Jingke Liang ... Governess (as Liang Jingke)
Cai Gang ... Artist
Sasidharan Nair Sajith Kumar ... Dasar Guard A
Sunil Kumar Kumman ... Dasar Guard B

Mallika Sherawat ... Samantha
Ram Gopal Bajaj ... Senior Monk
Tak Yuen ... Dasar Monk (as Richard Hung)
Govindan Kutty Nair Sathyanarayanan ... Dasar Prince
Karimbil Nidheesh ... Dasar Policeman
Kumman Gopakumar ... Dasar Policeman
Biju Kumman ... Dasar Policeman
Xuetong Li ... Curator
Ken Lo ... Dragon
Hiro Hayama ... Tiger
Shek Chan ... Cheetah
Zi-liang Shi ... Physician
Lian Shuliang ... Zhao Gao
Weiguo Chen ... Li Si
Zhang Yiqun ... Hu Hai
Qiao Shun ... Eunuch

Rongguang Yu ... Zhao Kuang
Patrick Tam ... Xu Gui
Jin Song ... Jin Song
Ken Wong ... Meng Jie
Chen Gangwu ... Villager
Hyun Jin Park ... Eagle
Jun He ... Phoenix
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jason Chong ... Jack / General Meng-Yi (English Revoice)

Zhou Sun ... Mr. Koo

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
Changming 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)
Yuanyuan Wang .... hair stylist: Lanzhou
Zhang Xitao .... hair stylist: Lanzhou
Ronald Yeung .... hair stylist
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
Chi Wai Koo .... second 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
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
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
Riyaz Ali Merchant .... costume supervisor
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
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)
Jiafan Wang .... catering coordinator: Shanghai
Graham Ware Jr. .... horse trainer (as Grahame Ware)
Irene Wong .... production secretary
Jiang Yingjie .... catering coordinator: Shanghai
Jingshu Zhu .... production accountant: Shanghai

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shen hua" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Rated R for some violence (original version)
Philippines:117 min | Hong Kong:122 min | Canada:118 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Song Hye-Kyo, Lee Hyo-Ri, Gianna Jun was rumored for the role of Ok-Soo before Hee-Seon Kim was cast.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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29 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Worth it for the rat glue factory scene alone, 28 November 2005
Author: MosHr from United States

It's worth seeing the movie just even for the rat glue factory scene. It's a wonderful Jackie Chan physical comedy combined with a really nice striptease from the super hot Indian actress. Sure to become a classic scene.

The rest of the movie constitutes of a historical "Hero" like war martial art action with some modern Jackie Chan slapstick. The plot is very tenuous and was probably written after someone wanted a story with Chinese history combined with a modern drive towards the nascent Chinese scientific and technological resurgence.

Jackie Chan plays an Indiana Jones like archaeologist which spirals into a Lara Croft style adventure of finding very strange but mindbogglingly powerful things. Meanwhile a very hazy parallel story runs of a concubine who falls for a general played by Jackie Chan a few hundreds years in the past. There is anti-gravity devices and immortality pills thrown in as well.

Though it does get really cheesy and maudlin at times, it's a really fun movie to watch.

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