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The Touch (2002)

Tian mai zhuan qi (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Romance | March 2003 (USA)
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.

Director:

Peter Pau

Writers:

Julien Carbon, Thomas Chung (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Yeoh ... Pak Yin Fay
Ben Chaplin ... Eric
Richard Roxburgh ... Karl
Sihung Lung Sihung Lung ... The Monk-Dun Huang
Brandon Chang Brandon Chang ... Pak Yeuk Tong
Margaret Wang ... Lily
Dane Cook ... Bob
Emmanuel Lanzi Emmanuel Lanzi ... Draco
Kenneth Tsang ... Ping
Gabriel Harrison Gabriel Harrison ... Sam (as Gabriel Hoi)
Winston Chao ... Yin's Father
Zhenhai Kou ... Silvio
Changsheng Liu ... Pang (as Chang Sheng Liu)
Hua Qin Hua Qin ... Fat-Wah
Sua Lang Rao Deng Sua Lang Rao Deng ... The monk - 700 Yrs. Ago
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

China | Hong Kong | Taiwan | Japan

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El secreto del talismán See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,262,168
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(USA) (Miramax)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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Karl: Eric is a special case. He excels at taking things... he just can't seem to hold on to them.
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Genre movie without big surprises
28 August 2005 | by unbrokenmetalSee 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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