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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.

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Stanley Tong

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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


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

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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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Jackie Chan sings the theme song in the outtakes. See more »

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(at around 31 mins) While playing with the elephant "Lakshmi", apparently a female elephant, Mallika Sherawat says to it "Good boy, Good boy". See more »

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The Myth
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Something old, something new
30 November 2005 | by rmj1971See all my reviews

Credit to Jackie, he does try to do something different with his Hong Kong films. It would be easy for him to churn out countless sequels to already established series, but he does try to vary his output. Well, that is in as much as the constraints of his fans expectations and his established film persona will allow, anyway. The Myth, as a film, suffers paradoxically because of these two things; trying to satisfy by offering something new, while fulfilling audience expectation based on Jackie's previous output. The historical side of the film works best, providing Chan with a role (Army General bound by honour, compromised by love) that is unfamiliar and more interesting largely because of that. The action is more gritty and brutal in these sequences, with lots more blood on show than in typical Jackie fare. The present day character is classic Jackie, though the comedic set pieces and brief fight scenes don't have quite the inventiveness or sparkle of yesteryear. You can imagine the glue factory scene in particular being more involving and exciting if it had been choreographed twenty, or even ten, years ago. Stanley Tong's handling of the material is, due to the nature of his script, very uneven. The presentation of the modern day settings is fine, if a little uninspiring; especially when you consider some of the film's spectacular locations. However, the historical battles look and feel dull and lack any kind of epic quality. This may have been down to budget constraints, but watching the film you feel that if more clever camera-work had been employed, this effect could have been conveyed. Ultimately, it's a pity Jackie wasn't brave enough to do a straight, serious historical action/drama, because under The Myth's familiarity there's a different Jackie Chan film trying to get out.


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