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Tracing Shadow (2009)

Zhui ying (original title)
Five kung-fu masters from different regions are fighting ruthlessly for a mysterious treasure map inside the Ming Palace; while they are all tangled in wild combat, the precious map unexpectedly disappears.

Directors:

Marco Mak, Francis Ng

Writer:

Junzi Wei
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jaycee Chan
Hao Dang ... Mayor Gu Yue Jin
Francis Ng ... Ye he chang gong
Pace Wu ... Ming yue xin
Na Xie
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Five kung-fu masters from different regions are fighting ruthlessly for a mysterious treasure map inside the Ming Palace; while they are all tangled in wild combat, the precious map unexpectedly disappears.

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Action | Comedy

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

30 July 2009 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Flying Shadow See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CNY15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,580
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Production Co:

Huayi Brothers Media See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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National Treasure: Book of Movies
5 February 2010 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I saw this with "Riders of the Whistling Skull," which I swear I first saw decades ago. It was a movie about movies without self-knowledge. This is the opposite. It is from Hong Kong, possibly the most introspective film source we have (after Barcelona). The story is an Indiana Jones bit, just like the Whistling Skull: a treasure with cryptic clues that needs a woman to translate.

Isn't that always the way? The men fight and dig and make the rationale, but the women see and know.

The gimmick here is that all the key male characters look like famous kung fu actors. They have similar names as well, and many of the jokes are built on this in the story. This element makes it mildly interesting: the deliberate, overt movie about movies, with as many weaves as can be made, from other movies, references and characters as famous actors (not famous characters).

Francis Ng, who wrote directed and stars, apparently specializes in this.

Pace Wu is lovely.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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