Korean Title: Shinhwa - Jinshi-hwang-neung-eui Bimil
Starring: Jackie Chan, Tony Leung, Kim Hee-Sun
Director: Stanley Tong
About This DVD
The year was BC221 when Qin Shi Huang - the first emperor of China started to build a royal tomb for himself despite his infatuation with immortality. Through the prodigious endeavours of more than 700,000 forced labourers, the mausoleum was completed 37 years later. Legend has it that, to ensure utmost secrecy, all those who worked on the project were buried alive with the dead emperor. There were no survivors.
Over the next two thousand years, historians, tomb-raiders, and happy-go-lucky adventurers alike have been homing on the royal treasure buried within, However, no one has ever succeeded in locating the entrance to the mausoleum. Thus, the bulk of the First Emperor's treasure, including his much-fabled elixir of youth, remained intact.
Intrepid archeologist Jack (starring Jackie Chan) and ambitious scientist William (starring Tony Leung Ka Fai) set out on an adventure that would lead them to the greatest discovery in Chinese history. Their journey starts at Desar, India, where they stumble upon an ancient sword from the Qin dynasty and a magical gemstone that appears to be able to defy the force of gravity. The booty not only leads them to the mythical mausoleum, but it also connects Jack to his dark past life.
Through strange and provocative dreams, Jack sees himself reincarnated as Meng Yi, a general who fell for the First Emperor's beautiful consort Ok Soo (starring Kim Hee Seon) some 2000 years ago. As Meng Yi commands his troops in an increasingly desperate war against rebels, he also has to battle his own inner desires in choosing between eternity love and loyalty, Returning to the present day , the final secret of the First Emperor is about to be revealed. The two adventurers successfully enter the Heavenly Palace, a fortress loaded with death traps and unspeakable evils, as Jack comes face-to-face with his past. Or is it really?
When Jackie Chan proclaimed during his "The Myth" press conference last week that from now on he's going to be different in his future movies. He strictly meant business, the audience no longer has the luxury to see the man rehashing his old formulas. In other words, his all-time successful "Police Story" and "Rush Hour" franchise is all in the past.
In "The Myth", Jackie plays an archeologist named Jack whose recurring dreams about a Qin dynasty general and a beautiful consort (Kim Hee-Seon) greatly aroused his curiosity. At the same time, he is invited by his best friend William (Tony Leung Ka Fai in yet another thankless role) to embark on an expedition that will ultimately leads them to the legendary Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. And so as the story flows, the transition from the Qin Dynasty to the present and vice versa is apparent throughout the 2 hours duration. Jackie duals as General Meng Yi, a brave respected general who can easily command a huge troop under his wing. Seeing him in his General's armour is convincing enough.
The Myth is both a goofy action caper, but also a serious period epic, mixing comedy and drama to create an ambitious an entertaining adventure.
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|- Trailer & Teaser
- Making of
- Music Video
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