Treasure Hunt (Hua qi Shao Lin) Reviews
You could say it's The Killer meets Tai Chi Master.
So that kinda tells you...you're getting rip-offs pasted together that don't belong. It's original in that sense even for chinese film. But a movie this flawed can never be thought of as good to anyone, just throw-away entertainment that's trying to win awards for being heartfelt at the same time.
Too bad because I recall Gordon Liu worked his ass of in an incredible role as the monk, and he had a wicked fight scene. Fans of his or Chow Yun-Fat should take a look if you're running out of their films to see.
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?"