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A group of warriors protect the world from a monster invasion.


Woo-Ping Yuen


Hark Tsui
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Credited cast:
Chengpeng Dong Chengpeng Dong ... Zhuge (as Da Peng)
Ni Ni ... Dragonfly
Aarif Rahman ... Dao Yichang (as Arif Rahman Lee)
Dongyu Zhou ... Circle
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wu Bai ... Big Brother
Darren Leung ... Thunderbolt
Yan Liu
Mingming Sun Mingming Sun ... Goldfinger
Miao Xie Miao Xie ... Weidong
Minghu Xu Minghu Xu ... Ghost
Yiwei Yang Yiwei Yang ... Sharp Ears


Well Go USA brings us a film written and produced by Tsui Hark, and directed by Yuen Woo Ping. A group of misfit fighters with supernatural abilities battles an ancient evil bent on destroying mankind. They are the only ones who can protect us. Yuen Woo (Wo) Ping is best known for being the action director/choreographer of such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Matrix trilogy, and Tarantino's Kill Bill. This Wuxia film, a genre of Chinese fiction brimming with martial arts action and spellbinding visuals, was released December 15.

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Official Sites:

CMC Pictures [China]


China | Hong Kong



Release Date:

15 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Keimun Deongaap See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,837, 17 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$124,187, 4 January 2018
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS-X)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Enjoyable enough but hardly hitting all the notes, this film would serve as good entertainment if you don't need to keep track of what's actually happening
9 December 2017 | by moviexclusiveSee all my reviews

There are a few stalwarts in the Hong Kong movie industry, and two of them are in this film.

Tsui Hark's hand in creating commercial cinema during the "Golden Age" is legendary. Both entertaining and original, his classics such as A Better Tomorrow, A Chinese Ghost Story and Green Snake have all been milestones of any Gen X's cinema experience.

Yuan Wo Ping is the other heavyweight, and is renowned for his martial arts choreography in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Kill Bill, Ip Man and the Matrix trilogy. His innovative sequences rejuvenated the genre, keeping audiences riveted with his fresh treatments.

The Thousand Faces of Dunjia sees them as producer and director respectively, so expectations can hardly be faulted. The scale doesn't disappoint because we transcend both galactively and spiritually spheres, but the storyline feels fragmented and occasionally aimless, and I think I know why. The fantasy action flick seems firmly handled with the F word in mind - I'm talking Franchise.

Let me first lay it out there - there is a sequel planned for this movie. That said, the film does provide closure with part one.

Dao Yichang (Aarif Lee) is the village's newest constable. The motivated young man, thick-browed and sharp jawed doesn't always play by the rules, but always does the right thing in the end. While fighting a criminal-turned-demon one day, he gets tangled up with Iron Dragonfly (Ni Ni), who subdues the imp and brings it back to her clan.

Turns out that an unspeakable evil force is gathering, and already demons both trapped in the earth and comets are emerging to prepare for its arrival. While this is happening, Dragonfly's Wuyinmen clan hunts for their new leader, and clansman Zhuge Fengyun (Da Peng) sees hope in the form of Xiao Yuan (Zhou Dong Yu), a child-like waif locked up in a prison for an incurable disease. This flimsy urchin turns out (expectedly) to be their potential salvation.

While the film has lofty goals, featuring stunning sets and a plethora of characters, it's not something that impresses all that much.

First of all, the plot feels like its setting up too much for the sequel, with story nuggets dropped but never picked up. Even when it does, such as the painting or the powerful sword, questions are still left unanswered. All this might be considered a purposeful cliffhanger, but it's only a metre drop down. Without background or context, the tidbits answered with more jargon just leaves the audience uninvested in what's coming. Maybe if Hark and Yuan had spent more time in fleshing out the story than focusing on distractions like piddling jokes or abrupt titles, The Thousand Faces of Dunjia would have had a better chance at being exceptional.

There's also the matter of - the effects. CGI has come a long way, and even though Asian cinema has always struggled, in The Thousand Faces of Dunjia it's like the whole team gave up. The renderings are so awkward with the scenes they are in, you never obtain the full wonder it's meant to deliver. Blasphemously, they also ruined a lot of great action sequences. Half blocked by water serpents masquerading as blows, or fuzzy discs that spin so fast you can barely see what's the damage, the impact meant to be delivered landed like an apology from SMRT - unbelievable and detached.

I will say the production design is still as gorgeous as ever, and the colours are trademark Tsui. Lush and romantic, it will no doubt still engage the visual senses. The actors also do a decent job of filling up their personas, though Lee and Da Peng do stand out for their natural performances.

Hark's recent repertoire have received more box office success than critical acclaim, and it would seem that The Thousand Faces of Dunjia would continue that streak.

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