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The Myth
Traditional神話
Simplified神话
MandarinShénhuà
CantoneseSan4-waa2
Directed byStanley Tong
Produced byJackie Chan
Solon So
Barbie Tung
Willie Chan
Yang Buting
Albert Yeung
Written byStanley Tong
Li Haishu
Hui-Ling Wang
StarringJackie Chan
Tony Leung Ka-fai
Kim Hee-sun
Mallika Sherawat
Music byWong Chung-Yin
Gary Chase
CinematographyHorace Wong
Ng Man-Ching
Michael Johnson
Lai Yiu-Fai
Choi Shung-Fai
Edited byYau Chi-Wai
Distributed byJCE Movies Limited
Release date
Running time
118 minutes
CountryHong Kong, China
LanguageCantonese
Mandarin Chinese
Korean
English
Tamil
BudgetUSD$15,000,000

The Myth (Chinese: 神话) is a 2005 release in Hong Kong, China martial arts-fantasy-adventure film directed by Stanley Tong, starring Jackie Chan, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Kim Hee-sun and Mallika Sherawat.

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Plot[edit]

Based during the Qin dynasty, general Meng Yi (Chan) is tasked with escorting Ok-Soo (referred at times as 'Concubine Li') (Kim), a Korean princess, back to China to serve as a concubine for Qin Shi Huang, in an attempt to strengthen diplomatic relationships. Along the journey, a Korean warrior (seemingly her fiancé) attempts to seize her back but Meng Yi saves her. Meng Yi protects Ok-Soo through their journey back, while Ok-Soo tends to his wounds. In the process, she begins to develop feelings for him but Meng Yi, while apparently harboring similar feelings for her, steps back reminding her of her purpose of becoming a concubine in the interests of her people and successfully completes his mission. The Qin emperor becomes critically ill later and sends Meng Yi to find the elixir of immortality, the only thing that can save his life. Before leaving, Meng Yi discreetly confesses his feelings to Ok-Soo stating 'my heart belongs to you forever' and Ok-Soo vows to await his return. The guards escorting the elixir are ambushed by rebels on the orders of the treacherous prince and chancellor. Meng Yi hands over the elixir to his deputy, Nangong Yan, before dying in the ensuing battle. Although Nangong Yan manages to bring the elixir to the emperor, the prince and chancellor trick Nangong Yan and Ok-soo to test the validity of the elixir and force them to consume the elixir, condemning them to imprisonment in the Qin emperor's mausoleum for eternity.

In the present day, Jack, an archaeologist (also Chan), is Meng Yi's reincarnation, and he often dreams about his past life. One day, his friend William invites him on a quest to find a rare material that can create a field of zero gravity. They travel to a floating tomb of a Dasar prince in India, where Jack discovers a painting of the princess he has been seeing in his dreams. Jack also learns that during a mission to the Qin Empire, the Dasar prince brought treasures and women as gifts. In return, the Qin emperor offered him one of his concubines and asked him to choose, but refused when the prince chose his favourite, Ok-soo. Instead, the Qin emperor gave him a painting of Ok-soo and the Qin Star Gem. William removes a strange black rock from a feline statue, and accidentally collapses the zero gravity field holding up the tomb, resulting in its destruction. William manages to escape but Jack leaps off a cliff and falls into a river. He loses consciousness and drifts along with the current until he is saved by Samantha, an Indian peasant girl. Samantha brings Jack to see her uncle, a Kalaripayattu (Indian martial art form) guru, who tells Jack to take the sword he found and fight with one of his students. During the fight, Jack has a recollection of a duel he had with the Dasar prince in his past life, and briefly recovers his fighting skills from his life as Meng Yi. Samantha's uncle enlightens Jack about his past and future, and Jack succeeds in returning home safely and he delivers the sword to the National Museum of China as a national treasure. His action angered Professor Koo, the leader of the syndicate that has been funding Jack and William's treasure hunt.

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After extensive research, Jack and William conclude that the anti-gravity material is a fragment of a meteorite that fell to Earth during the Qin dynasty. They find the location of the Qin emperor's mausoleum, concealed behind a waterfall. The massive tomb contains the strongest fragment of the meteorite, powerful enough to make the tomb a floating palace. Jack meets Ok-soo and Nangong Yan alive inside the tomb and they mistake him for Meng Yi. Professor Koo and his men enter and attempt to seize the immortality elixir, leading to an aerial fight between both parties. William accidentally breaks the balance of the field after removing a piece of the meteorite and causes the tomb to collapse on itself, and dies from drowning in mercury. While Jack is escaping from the collapsing tomb, he asks Ok-soo to come with him, but she refuses after realizing he is not Meng Yi and says she will wait for the real Meng Yi forever, believing he still lives. As Koo nears the elixir, Yan grabs onto him as they fall and presumably perish.

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Jack is then seen at home with a published copy of The Myth, a book written by him about his adventure and his experiences which he dedicates to William.

Cast[edit]

  • Jackie Chan as Jack / General Meng Yi
  • Kim Hee-sun as Princess Ok-soo
  • Tony Leung Ka-fai as William
  • Choi Min-soo as Korean general Choi
  • Mallika Sherawat as Samantha
  • Patrick Tam as General Xu Gui
  • Shao Bing as Nangong Yan
  • Ken Lo as Dragon
  • Yu Rongguang as rebel general Zhao Kuang
  • Ken Wong as rebel general Meng Jie
  • Jin Song as rebel general Jin Song
  • Hayama Go as Tiger
  • Chan Sek as Cheetah
  • He Jun as Phoenix
  • Park Hyun Jin as Eagle
  • Yao Weixing as Korean general Shen
  • Maggie Lau as Maggie
  • Yuen Tak as Dasar monk
  • Sun Zhou as Professor Koo
  • Leon Head as Dr Smith
  • Lian Shuliang as Zhao Gao
  • Chen Weiguo as Li Si
  • Zhang Yiqun as Huhai
  • Lee Hok-Tung as the Xi'an museum curator
  • Sathyanarayanan G as Dasar prince
  • Ram Gopal Bajaj as Dasar martial arts schoolmaster
  • Sudhanshu Pandey as Dasar temple guard captain
  • Peter Spurrier as Dr Smith's researcher
  • Ng Kong as General Choi's aide
  • Jon Foo (extra) (uncredited)

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

The Myth was released in Hong Kong on 23 September 2005, and earned a strong HK$6,230,000 in its first three days. It ended its run with HK$17 million, making it the third highest-grossing domestic release in Hong Kong that year, and overseas for a worldwide total of $120 million.

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 20%, based on reviews from 5 critics, with an average rating of 3.9/10.[1]

Styna Chyn, from filmtreat, wrote: 'Even though Jackie Chan did not direct 'The Myth,' (Stanley Tong), he did produce it; and his creative input echoes throughout this genre-bending action film. Shot in China, Hong Kong, and Hampi, India, 'The Myth' is a comedy of epic proportions. Combining historical fantasy, martial arts, and science-fiction, Tong's film follows archaeologist Jack (Jackie Chan) and scientist William (Tony Leung Ka-Fai) on their adventures in investigating the veracity of a myth involving immortality, levitation, and a Korean princess-turned-concubine for Emperor Qin towards the end of the Qin Dynasty.'[2][3]

David Cornelius, from efilmcritic, gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and wrote: 'Once again, it’s time to lament that while Jackie Chan has spent the past few years churning out mostly mediocre-or-worse flops like 'Around the World in 80 Days' or those damn 'Rush Hour' sequels in Hollywood, he's also spent the same time flying back home every now and then to make some darn-good-or-better flicks that, sadly, remain mostly unseen Stateside because they've been unceremoniously dumped onto DVD by the studios that pick up the rights to them but then never really bother to do anything about it.'[4]

Jim Hemphill, from Reel Films Reviews, gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and wrote a positive review: 'Jackie Chan's The Myth is enjoyable but second-rate Jackie Chan, an action film that's completely satisfying on every level except when compared to the star's own best work. Chan has, in some ways, become a victim of his own excellence: the astonishing stunt work and action choreography of his peak years (the 1980s period of the Police Story and Project A films) have set up expectations that no performer could continue to live up to, certainly not after moving into middle age. Viewers weaned on Chan's classics will undoubtedly find The Myth to be Jackie-lite, a slightly slowed-down version of his usual acrobatics. Yet the film does contain a few superb set pieces reminiscent of vintage Chan, and director Stanley Tong's opulent visual style makes it a feast for the eyes—and the bottom line is that half-speed Jackie Chan is still more dynamic than just about any other action hero.'[5]

Robert Koehler of Variety wrote a generally negative review of the film: 'Resembling a story session where many ideas are brainstormed and few stick, The Myth messily reps Jackie Chan in epic mode as a [contemporary] archaeologist drawn into a plot to plunder the treasure of the Qin Dynasty's first emperor. As part of a movement in H.K. cinema to return to the ambitious movies of yore, helmer Stanley Tong's multi-period adventure flirts with considerable entertainment on one hand and near self-destruction on the other. Whether Chan's star power will pull in enough international bizbiz is doubtful, though ancillary should flex muscles in most territories.'[6]

David Nusair, writing for Reel Film Reviews from the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, was even less impressed:'That The Myth eventually turns into an almost interminable experience is a shame, given the light-hearted and genuinely entertaining vibe of the film's opening hour...Fortunately, The Myth contains several expectedly impressive action sequences – with a fight set within a rat paper factory an obvious highlight – although it's not long before such moments wear out their welcome. This is particularly true of an unbelievably tedious plot development towards the end, which finds all of the film's central characters forced to duke it out inside some kind of an infinite, gravity-defying mausoleum (!) Chan is reportedly looking to get away from some of the sillier films he's been churning out as of late, but The Myth certainly does not mark a step in the right direction'.[7]

Home media[edit]

On 4 May 2009, the DVD was released in Cine Asia in the United Kingdom in Region 2. Another version, including 'An Introduction to Cine Asia Featurette', was released later in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2011.

Theme song[edit]

The theme song for the film, titled Wujin De Ai (無盡的愛; Endless Love) was performed in both Mandarin and Korean by Jackie Chan and Kim Hee-sun. Chan's stanzas were all sung in Mandarin, while Kim's solo stanzas were sung in Korean. However, the duets were all sung in Mandarin.

An alternative version, titled Meili De Shenhua (美麗的神話; Beautiful Myth), was performed in Mandarin by Sun Nan and Han Hong.

The song was reused as the ending theme song for the 2010 television series of the same title. This version was performed in Mandarin by Hu Ge and Bai Bing.

Action team[edit]

The Kalaripayattu martial arts were performed by experts from C. V. N. Kalari school, led by Sunil Kumar Gurukkal, and based in the town of Nadakkavu, Calicut in the state of Kerala, India. The list of stunt performers includes: John Foo, Wu Gang, Han Kwan Hua, Lee in Seob, Ken Lo, Park Hyun Jin and William Dewsbury.[citation needed]

Television series[edit]

On 10 January 2010, a 50 episodes television series, titled The Myth, was broadcast on CCTV-8 in China.[8]Jackie Chan was the producer for the series while Stanley Tong was the creative director. The television series had a storyline that is different from the film.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^'Jackie Chan: The Myth (2005)'. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  2. ^'The Myth'. Film Threat. 29 November 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2011.[dead link]
  3. ^'Virupaksha Temple Hampi. India!'. Hampi.in. Archived from the original on 27 December 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  4. ^'Movie Review – Myth, The'. eFilmCritic. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  5. ^Jim Hemphill (2005). 'The Myth'. Reel Films Reviews. Archived from the original on 5 December 2007.
  6. ^Koehler, Robert (20 September 2005). 'The Myth Movie Review'. Variety.
  7. ^David Nusair (2005). '2005 TIFF Update No. 8 – Reviews by David Nusair'. Reelfilm.com. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  8. ^'TV version of 'The Myth' aired on CCTV'. China.org.cn. Retrieved 14 January 2010.

External links[edit]

  • The Myth on IMDb
  • The Myth at AllMovie
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Jackie Chan is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself. Chan has been training in Kung fu and Wing Chun. He has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.

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Jackie Chan (Chinese: 成龍; born 7 April 1954), born Chan Kong-sang, is a Hong Kong actor, action choreographer, filmmaker, comedian, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts. Jackie Chan has been acting since the 1970s and has appeared in over 100 films.Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a cultural icon, Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and video games. Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred.Chan was born on April 7, 1954, in Victoria Peak, in the former Crown colony of Hong Kong, as Chan Kong-sang (meaning 'born in Hong Kong') to Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, refugees from the Chinese Civil War. He was nicknamed Paopao (Chinese: 炮炮, literally meaning 'Cannonball') because he was such a big baby, weighing 12 pounds, or about 5.4 kgs. Since his parents worked for the French Consul to Hong Kong, Chan spent his formative years within the grounds of the consul's residence in the Victoria Peak district. Chan attended the Nah-Hwa Primary School on Hong Kong Island, where he failed his first year, after which his parents withdrew him from the school.In 1960, his father immigrated to Canberra, Australia, to work as the head cook for the American embassy, and Chan was sent to the China Drama Academy, a Peking Opera School run by Master Yu Jim-yuen. Chan trained rigorously for the next decade, excelling in martial arts and acrobatics. He eventually became part of the Seven Little Fortunes, a performance group made up of the school's best students, gaining the stage name Yuen Lo in homage to his master. Chan became close friends with fellow group members Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, the three of them later to be known as the Three Brothers or Three Dragons. At the age of 17, he worked as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee films Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon under the stage name Chan Yuen Lung. He received his first starring role later that year, in Little Tiger of Canton, which had a limited release in Hong Kong in 1973.

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