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Starring: Jackie Chan, Hee-seon Kim, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Mallika Sherawat, Ken Lo
Directed By: Stanley Tong
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5

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Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Binding: Video On Demand
Release Date: 2008-08-28
Running Time: 97
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: 2005-02-01

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Summary: One of Jackie Chan's Better Releases, of Late.
Comment: Lately I'm on a martial arts kick (no pun intended). Very much enjoyed the visual artistry of fare such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Curse of the Golden Flower, Hero, Iron Monkey and House of Flying Daggers. But, I've always been a fan of Jackie Chan's "modern" work. Can't wait to pick up The Forbidden Kingdom, too...

I think this movie does a beautiful job blending the old-school and the modern, the "art house" style and the "Jackie Chan over-the-top martial arts" style.

The "Jackie Chan" modern stuff takes place more-or-less in the present day, where "Jack" has strange dreams of ancient China and a beautiful princess. The "art house" stuff is packaged in flashbacks and visual exegesis about the "actual" events Jack is remembering from a past life. Eventually, the two worlds / times collide at the end of the movie.

Quite an enjoyable piece of work. I didn't even realize it existed until my roommate bought a copy at Hollywood Video. I decided I needed my own copy (being both a Jackie Chan fan and an asian "art house" cinema fan).

I'd certainly give this a recommend to anyone who like either Jackie Chan or the "art house" style of the movies I mentioned previously.

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Summary: World class family viewing
Comment: Jackie Chan's action choreography only keeps getting better and I have to keep asking how does he do it as he keeps getting older?

That aside, the action is amazingly slick and not CGI'ed to death.

The film as a whole is an enjoyable family-viewing action movie. Recommended for father's of young boys.


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Summary: A different type of action film from Jackie Chan
Comment: The Myth is a movie that mixes fantasy and amazing martial arts action together! Although parts of the film flash between the present and the past quickly, the overall idea of the film is interesting. The dream sequences of Jackie as a general in ancient China are well done with lightning fast use of weapons including swords and arrows!

I rate this movie with five stars-

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Summary: Fantasy Kinda Works
Comment: I'm a long time fan of Chan's films and fully aware of his humble beginnings, rise to superstardom, and eventual leveling off in status. "The Myth" is a different take on Chan's early attempts at Indiana Jones-like adventures ("Operation Condor" aka "Armor of God" series). I never expect to take Chan's films seriously because I watch them for the action and that Jackie did the stunts himself (however, he's been using stunt men now). I liked the fantasy elements when Chan in modern day, gets flashbacks from what seems to be a past life. The problem is that the modern day elements are mostly fun and comedy whereas the flashbacks are serious confusing your emotions. The ending wasn't a typical Chan one, but overall the attempt at this adventure is worth at least renting.

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Summary: Indi-"Chan"-a Jones style martial arts film
Comment: How could I resist the baaad pun? "Myth" is actually a renamed Chinese film from 2005 called "San Wa."

Briefly, Jack (Chan) is an archaeologist who dreams of a past life as a General (Meng Yi) in Ancient China.

When he's asked by a colleague, William (Tony Leung Ka Fai) to help find a scientfic discovery relating to defying gravity, Jack returns to China and faces his dream princess Ok-soo (Hee-seon Kim) and his own past failure as the General to protect her.

The story's a bit of Indiana Jones and a bit of the fallen Samurai myth. I very rarely watch subtitled films, but "Myth" was easy enough to follow and provided enough amusement to make the rental worthwhile.




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