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San wa (2005)

Archeologist Jack keeps having reoccurring dreams of a past life, where he is the great General Meng Yi, who is sworn to protect a Korean Princess named Ok-Soo. Jack decides to go investigate everything with his friend William.

Director:

Stanley Tong

Writers:

Stanley Tong (screenplay), Hui-Ling Wang (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Shao Bing Shao ... Nangong Yan
Jackie Chan ... Meng Yi / Jack
Weixing Yao Weixing Yao ... General Shen
Jianzhong Zhang Jianzhong Zhang ... Official
Hee-seon Kim ... Ok Soo
Min-su Choi ... General Choi (as Choi Min Soo)
Yang Jian Yang Jian ... General Choi's Aide
Gang Wu Gang Wu ... General Choi's Aide
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... William
Maggie Lau ... Maggie
Leon Head Leon Head ... Dr. Smith
Sudhanshu Pandey ... Dasar Guard Captain (as Sudanshu Pandde)
Jingke Liang ... Governess
Gang Cai ... Artist
Sasidharan Nair Sajith Kumar Sasidharan Nair Sajith Kumar ... Dasar Guard A
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Storyline

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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An Unforgettable Journey Through Time Unearths A Hero For The Ages


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Hong Kong]

Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English | Korean

Release Date:

23 September 2005 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Mit See more »

Filming Locations:

Xi'an, Shaanxi, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

HKD 70,000,000, 28 September 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Due to Mallika Sherawat's racy image in Bollywood, rumors circulated that she landed the role over many other Indian actresses (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Lara Dutta, and Priyanka Chopra) because she was willing to do full frontal nudity in this movie. When these rumors were spread, Director Stanley Tong and Jackie Chan held a special press conference in India to say that they picked Sherawat over many others because of her great charm and genuine acting talent, and that the movie did not even have a kissing scene, let alone full frontal nudity. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 50 mins) 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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Endless Love
(Korean version)
Written by Choi Joon Young
Performed by Jackie Chan and Hee-seon Kim
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Worth it for the rat glue factory scene alone
28 November 2005 | by MosHrSee all my reviews

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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