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Treasure Hunt (Hua qi Shao Lin) (1994)





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Jeff Lau directs this action flick cum romantic comedy. The film centers on CIA agent Jeff Chang (Chow Yun-fat) who is assigned to steal a Chinese national treasure, even though he is not told what this treasure might be. He meets his contact Tong Ling (Chin Han) who instructs him to hold up in a Shaolin temple. There he meets Miss Mei (Wu Chien-lien), who proves be an unusual woman by any yardstick -- she has the freakish ability to make flowers grow on people and also can pass things through other solid objects. At first Miss Mei thinks little of the suave spy, but as Jeff teaches the monks at the temple to play baseball, she begins to warm to him. Meanwhile, Jeff begins to realize that the treasure at the heart of his mission is none other than Miss Mei. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Sep 7, 1999
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Yun-Fat Chow
as Chang Ching
Chin Han
as Tong Ling
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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A garbled mess and a disappointment for fans of everyone involved.

Full Review… | February 7, 2006

Audience Reviews for Treasure Hunt (Hua qi Shao Lin)

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.


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?"

Grade: C

Kevin Robbins

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