The Treasure Hunter 2009

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(18) IMDb 3.9/10

Time-travelling lovers ride through Genghis Khan's Mongolia amid ancient tombs and lost worlds in a quest for hidden treasure and untold fortune.

Starring:
Jay Chou,Chiling Lin
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance, International
Director Yen-ping Chu
Starring Jay Chou, Chiling Lin
Supporting actors Eric Tsang, Daoming Chen, Chu-he Chen, Will Liu, Pu Miao, Ian Powers, Kenneth Tsang
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Court - Thomas on 29 Oct. 2010
Format: DVD
If The Mummy, Indiana Jones and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon had a baby, it might look a little like This film. Part western, part romance with sporadic comedy thrown into a treasure hunt adventure, Taiwanese director Kevin Chu's latest offering is all that and much more.

All together it is an impressive attempt at a western, martial arts filled treasure hunt with an unexpected climax at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Feb. 2012
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Trailing a dismal reputation in its wake and escaping without fanfare to budget DVD, The Treasure Hunter may have been made solely to cash in on pop star Jay Chou's huge popularity in Asia but it's a perfectly serviceable Summer movie if you're not expecting Taiwan's answer to Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Mummy. Riffing on Romancing the Stone, Chiling Lin is the author of pulp adventure stories reunited with her Indiana Jones-like childhood sweetheart Chou - who restores stolen antiques to the countries they've been looted from rather than raiding tombs himself - when her estranged father's map to a lost city leads to her being kidnapped. From there on it follows most of the usual lost city clichés as the rivals race to get there first, just in time for it to fall to pieces and leave them to try to escape - naturally empty-handed - as lost cities are wont to do in these kind of movies...

It's join the dots stuff as it moves from setpiece to setpiece, not helped by having its two best action scenes, a fight with a knight made of sand and a `sandstorm legion' of desert riders, in the first half of the picture. Nor are the characters particularly interesting despite the attempts to pad them out with backstories that go nowhere, relying heavily on the charm of the cast to paper over the gaps. Chou and Lin are personable enough, Eric Tsang alternates between warm nostalgic sentimentality and Lou Costello shtick while Daoming Chen strikes the odd pose as he stares into the faraway distance as The One Who's Been There Before But Won't Explain How He Alone Survived (but he isn't happy to be around raw meat), but at times they're used almost as much as scenery as the desert locations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tasmanian Devil on 6 Jan. 2014
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There’s actually a fair bit to like about this movie – but then there are some negatives that have impacted on the overall rating I’ve given.

First, the positives. The cast is hot. Well most of the principals are. Jay Chou is, well, Jay Chou. Dead-set hotness, and Chiling Lin is simply beautiful. She isn’t necessarily the world’s best actor, but she lights up most scenes she’s in just by her presence. Daoming Chen who plays Master Hua is Handsome with a capital H. So it comes up trumps in the eye candy department.

The plot is marginal and the story generally needs a bit of help, but the realisation of what the team had to work with was effective and the SFX were believable. The action scenes varied, but were generally excellent.

Now to the negatives. Number 1 is Eric Tsang. I loved Eric Tsang in Infernal Affairs, but here he is all over the shop. One minute doing slapstick, another doing drama, and yet another melodrama. He is nothing but a distraction in this movie and his part was unnecessary. Actually, now that I think about it, nearly all the characters were unnecessary. Mark that down as the second negative. The Master Hua character had the most going for it, but the scriptwriters obviously got lazy as there were many unanswered questions.

In short go to see this movie to drool over Jay Chou and his co-stars. Don’t look for a coherent plot, or you’ll end up sadly short-changed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sueb on 20 Feb. 2011
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I liked this film,i know its a blend of two others,Indiana Jones and the Mummy ,but once i had stopped noting the debts it owed to those two films,i just enjoyed it,its no classic to be sure,and the ending is such,a sequel is well on the cards,no point telling anything about the story,if you,ve seen Indie and the Mummy and nod there to Spiderman i thought ,with the bandageman, you,ve got it, if a sequel comes along i will be taking a look
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By Amazon Customer on 10 May 2014
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its ok and i can rate this only 3 as its just a time pass. have a nice time. ya
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Now available on Amazon Prime Instant Video, the movie is one that looked worth a watch despite the negative reviews. It wasn't.
The cinematography is exceptional. The desert views are outstanding and whenever CGI is used it is blended well with the real locations. The costumes and general appearance (make-up, etc.) of the actors is very attractive indeed. The lighting and composition of shots is sophisticated and slick, with all the principal characters and extras given attention to detail that screams out "big budget". Unfortunately, despite all the best efforts of so many crew and sincere attempts by the cast, the movie is dull. The dialogue seems aimless and the story loses control of pace and characters come and go without any real purpose. Some characters appear briefly, then just as the viewer has got to know them they vanish, leaving the central Treasure Hunter alone again.
The movie ends up feeling like a "star vehicle" for a popular actor/singer who has got box office potential that needs to be exploited. The storyline has been written around him, with an apparent plan to make sequels. Unfortunately, despite being ruggedly handsome and having a fine head of hair, Jay Chou has little else to offer. I felt like I was watching an Elvis movie from the mid-sixties. The action sequences only served to show his limitations. His "arrogance", a characteristic that is intended to make him mysterious and endearing, is just annoying.
Who to blame for this dull film? I couldn't decide, but I'll have to go with Director, as he would be the one with the overall power to make changes.
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