Treasure Hunt (Hua qi Shao Lin) Reviews
August 20, 2009
It's so mysterious film that I cannot tell whether it is good or bad. It's just very different from common HK movie - at least, different from common Chow Yun-Fat movie. Not only the eccentric setting but also the way to tell the story are original in a good word and confusing in a bad word. The basic plot and some scenes, especially the beginning and whatever happens in the shaolin temple, are really poor, but it has several beautiful and stirring scenes like the final battle and the ending. Jeffrey Lau is not well recognized as an auteur, but the films he directs always have some really original and mysterious attraction that only he can create. He is the mysterious guy in HK movie business, really.
May 16, 2010
Eat while you can. Shit while you can.
Chang Ching has been hired by the United States to obtain a Chinese artifact located in a Shaolin temple. Ching must first be accepted by the temple, then uncover this item, and then return to the United States. He finds it hard to fit in with all of the rules of the Shaolin temple. Things are further complicated when he falls in love with a girl at the temple.
"He was calling out a woman's name in his sleep so I woke him up with my fist."
Jeffrey Lau, director of Second Time Around, A Chinese Odyssey, Operation Pink Squad I & II, and Mortuary Blues, delivers Treasure Hunt (or American Shaolin). The storyline for this picture initially seems on par with an Indiana Jones film and quickly transitions into a love story. The acting is marvelous and the cast includes an all star group that includes Phillip Kwok (Lizard from the 5 Deadly Venoms), Chow Yung Fat, and Gordon Liu (Master Killer).
"I'll never be a whore again."
I was at my favorite kung fu cheos in Valley Stream, New York and came across this picture. I had to see this based on the marvelous cast. While the film as a whole was a disappointment, the fight between Phillip Kwok and Gordon Liu were worth the price of admission. That may have been a redeeming scene, which in itself was worth a 5, the rest of the film is a confusing mess.
"Is he going to give him a blow?"
"What's a blow?"