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Review: Jackie Chan in "The Myth"

Discussion in 'Konoha Theatre' started by tinlunlau, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. tinlunlau Member

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    Review: Jackie Chan in "The Myth" (spoiler-free)

    I attended a world premiere of director Stanley Tong and Jackie Chan's new film "The Myth" tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival in Roy Thompson Hall with Jackie Chan, Stanley Tong, Mallika Sherawat, Kim Hee-Seon and others in attendance. The latest Jackie Chan film stars Jackie playing in dual roles as Meng Yi, a feudal-era general and Jack, an archeologist who constantly has dreams of his previous incarnation as Meng Yi. In his previous life, General Meng Yi was assigned by Emporer Qin to escort a Korean princess who is to wed the Chinese emporer. However, due to an attack, Meng Yi was left with Princess Ok-Soo (Kim Hee-Seon) and was to protect her until reaching the imperial palace. In modern times, Jack joins his buddy William (Tony Leung Ka-Fai) in an archeological journey in India when they discover a meteorite that causes non-gravitational levitation and soon discover that this excursion may be directly involved Jack's previous life.

    After months of anticipation, this film is now shown at a world premiere screening at the Toronto Filmfest. And overall, I'm quite impressed. Shocking words coming from someone who's bashed Jackie Chan's films for 10 straight years. The films comes off as a semi present-day adventure and feudal era "romance of the 3 kingdoms" type film. So it constantly switches back and forth between times. The acting performances were pretty positive. The interactions between Jackie Chan and Tony Leung Ka-Fai were very humourous. Mallika Sherawat appears to be more of an extended cameo. The main course of the film appears to be Jackie Chan and Kim Hee-Seon which doesn't turn out corny like most of his recent movies. The fights, on the other hand, is a borderline between good and not so good. The best fight scenes were all in the scenes shot in India (be on the lookout for a scene where Jackie speaks in Hindi. lol!) and the big battle scene with Jackie Chan as the general. It may get very violent in the feudal era battle scenes. You'll know what I mean when you guys get to see it. The not-so-good parts were the over-extensive use of wiring and the massive amounts of computer graphics which is kind of hypocritical to Jackie's filmmaking mottos. Overall, this is a very enjoyable popcorn flick. It's worthy of a DVD purchase.

    for the uncensored, spoiler-filled version of the review that came right after i saw the film, go to

    "The Myth" opens nationwide in Asia on September 23rd.
     
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  2. dylec .

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    Hm.. sounds interesting enough. I haven't seen any of his recent movies, since they look cheesy & less than what i expected. The story is quite unique, i think i should see this movie. :amuse
     
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    i wanna see this movie too...having heard about this numerous times...and i m an indian so wanna see all the shots they took in india and all and the movie also has the indian actress Mallika Sherawat in it too .....so looking forward to it.....
     
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    I'm just gonna watch this movie for Mallika, she's a pretty good actress.
     
  5. tinlunlau Member

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    i met Mallika last thursday. and damn...her boobies are HUGE!!!
    one of the best scenes shot in India, is the scene in the rat trap paper factory that lasted about 5 minutes. i was hurling in laughter throughout the entire scene. if you click to my uncensored, spoiler-filled review, click on one of the replies for a recording i made before the movie started at the premiere. Director Stanley Tong introduces the cast one-by-one. they said no recording devices permitted but i managed to record their welcoming speech. dunno if the link still works (it was uploaded thru yousendit.com).
     
  6. tinlunlau Member

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    yeah....i thought the part with Jackie Chan and Kim Hee-Seon floating around in a cave was kinda cheesy. they coulda done it without extending that scene too much.
     
  7. Grumpy Zoro Well-Known Member

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    I'm a Jackie fan so i'm definetly gonna see it;] Too bad Jackie is getting older each minute...he even has to use wires now=/
     
  8. Kucheeky Badkuya ->-

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    I doubt this movie will live up to Drunken Fist and Rumble in the Bronx.
     
  9. narutorulez Active Member

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    jackie will never do a movie thats better than drunken master.i dont like jackies recent movies.i think they are kinda bad
     
  10. tinlunlau Member

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    that jump down the riverfall looked so fake when i watched it on the big screen. almost like it was CGI-assisted. but according to sources, that jump was for real.
     
  11. aLkeMiSt Curious

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    omfg you're so damn lucky. Where did you meet her?
     
  12. tinlunlau Member

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    i met her inside Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.
    i sat front row. so i got a really good view of her.
     
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    I read quite a number of negative reviews about The Myth before I actually went to watch it. While the reviews aren't wrong, the movie isn't that bad. It was pretty average (which means disappointing since it's a JC film).

    The action was a mix of good and ordinary. But JC was very convincing as the Qin general. The romance and emotional scenes b/w JC and Kim didn't move me however. I thought Kim acted pretty well but still lacked chemistry with JC. They could have extened the movie by 10 mins or so, for more character development.

    Another thing is that the movie didn't really hit any high notes, even till the end. It was pretty much unexciting throughout the whole show, except for some classic JC comedic moments. The ending doesn't satisfy the viewer as well.

    Overall I'll rate the show at 6.5/10. (the extra 0.5 is attributed to the hawtness of Kim Hee Seon and Mallika Sherawat...:cool )
     
  14. tinlunlau Member

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    the only other movie i've seen Kim Hee-Seon in was "Bichunmoo" and from what i recall, her role wasn't any different in "the myth". her character in both movies were pretty much the same. the movie coulda had more Jackie Chan & Tony Leung interaction. they were funny together. like the part when Jackie's shooting hoops in his yacht-home, Tony Leung passes the ball to Jackie (who was walkin' on the stairs) so Jackie shoots and he hits the glass lights. what do you call 'em....chandelairs....(i know i'm not spelling it right)
     
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    It's official now. I've been approached by a representative from Joy Sales (the folks who will be distributing and making "The Myth" DVD's and all film produced by EEG) and will be translating the commentary track into English for use of English subtitles for the commentary track on the upcoming DVD release of this movie. It's a non-profit effort and hopefully, the nice folks at Joy Sales will send me a free copy of the DVD when it is ready.

    =)


    (btw, i do not know who will be doing the commentary yet but director Stanley Tong and Jackie Chan has no excuse not to do this commentary. The others are questionable. Tony Leung Ka-Fai is busy with a stage play in Hong Kong, Mallika would be in India, and Kim Hee-Seon would be in Korea by the time promotions are done with in Asia.)
     
  16. hcheng02 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry for ressurecting such an old thread, but I just recently watched this movie. (Yeah, I know I'm behind.) Anyway, I thought the movie was pretty good despite all the bad reviews. Most people complained that the plot was not too good, but I thought it was decent for a Jackie Chan movie. It had a lot of CGI and wire effects, but I kind of expected it given the premise of the movie. The love story was pretty predictable, but I thought the ending was kinda touching. I'm totally addicted to the theme song though. This is the first time I've heard Jackie Chan sing, and he's pretty good! You can get it here.

    more
     
  17. X is an alphabet.

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    I don't think that movie's good. You should watch his latest one. Rob-b-Hood.
    Something about kidnapping a baby. :p
     
  18. hcheng02 Well-Known Member

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    Well, it was interesting. I mean, how many Jackie Chan movies involve Bollywood? (Mallika Sherawat is freakin hot! Are those boobs real?) Also, I personally thought Jackie Chan was pretty badass as Meng Yi. His last stand was pretty cool. I just have a low plot expectation when it comes to Jackie Chan movies, or Hong Kong moveis in general. I guess thats why I didn't mind the plot as much.
     
  19. tinlunlau Member

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    last i remembered, Mallika's boobs are huge and real (seriously...i didn't see any veins on her) when i met her in person.

    yes, aside from working on the dvd release of "The Myth" over a year and 4-5 months ago, i also worked on the dvd release of "Rob-B-Hood". didn't get no special treatment from JC Group and Jackie Chan this time cuz by the time i worked on "Rob-B-Hood", i've already become a paid translator for Joy Sales. there's that and the fact that i didn't want to wait for the dvd. i didn't get to see this in theatre since it didn't play in the Toronto Filmfest.
     
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    tinlunlau, what do you actually do?

    You translate DVDs?
     
  21. tinlunlau Member

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    yes, i'm a translator.
    if you've bought "The Myth" on DVD and noticed the commentary had english subtitles, that's because the translation was mostly done by me. to be honest, i think the translation could have been better but i was on an extremely tight schedule to get this done. if The Weinstein Company wanted me to fix it up, i would gladly do it simply because i wanted the translation perfect. a few names were incorrect and few grammatical errors here and there. (note: The Weinstein Company is going to release "The Myth" in theatres across North America later this year and will also release it on DVD.)

    besides, the director's audio commentary track has a bit of a sentimental value to me. it was the first thing i've done that was released to the public which i worked on for free.
     
  22. hcheng02 Well-Known Member

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    Wow, thats really neat! I'm curious though, why did it take so long for the Weinstein Company to release "The Myth" over the USA? Didn't it do really well in China? Also, I'm curious about something. Earlier you said that you usually bash Jackie Chan films. Why is that? I'm just curious about why you think this film stands out among his other works. Also, what do seeing veins have to do with whether boobs are real or not?
     
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    you can tell whether or not a pairs of boobies are implants by looking at it. when the veins look more apparent, it's obvious that they're implants. i don't know why it took so long for the movie to come out to the US. that's for the american distros to decide. and i said it stands out more for a Jackie Chan movie because this is the first time in years for a Jackie Chan movie to show more gore. Jackie's movies are usually lacking on that.
     
  24. hcheng02 Well-Known Member

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    The movie wasn't really gory at all. There was a lot more bloodshed, mainly through the period parts of the story, but it wasn't really that gory. Why would gore make a better movie?
     
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