Shen Hua (The Myth) (2005) (Hong Kong)

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Shen Hua (The Myth) (2005) (Hong Kong)

Postby hengcs » Sat Aug 13, 2005 4:38 pm


Director: Stanley Tong
Cast: Jackie Chan, Hee-seon Kim, Tony Leung Ka Fai

The official website is here ...
(oh yes, there is an English version)
www.themyth.jce.com.hk/

do see the trailer (with subtitles) ...
do see the music video ...

my review will be available in late September
hengcs
 


Re: Shen Hua (The Myth) (2005) (Hong Kong)

Postby trevor826 » Sat Aug 13, 2005 5:10 pm

Different yet in some ways very familiar, influences such as Hero, Crouching Tiger even Gladiator. hengcs, you'll have to give us the lowdown when you can.

Cheers Trev.
trevor826
 

Re: Shen Hua (The Myth) (2005) (Hong Kong)

Postby hengcs » Sat Aug 13, 2005 5:41 pm

The song is partly in Chinese and partly in Korean
Did you guess it it is sung by the two lead

The Myth

Endless Love

(Male)
Free me my most secretive await
The stars are falling the wind is blowing
Finally, I can hold you into my embrace again
Both hearts are trembling

Believe me my unchanged true heart
Thousand years of wait contains my promise
No matter how many cold winters have passed
I will never let go of my hands

(Female)
Hold tight my hands now close your eyes
Please remember those old days of our love
Because we love each other so much
That is why we feel even more painful

We can't even utter the line "love you"

(Male)
Every night pierced by painful heart
My longing never ends
I have long got used to the company of loneliness
I face it with smiles

Believe me you have chosen to wait
No matter how much pain ... you will not shunt
Only your gentleness can free
the borderless indifference

(Female)
Hold tight my hands now close your eyes
Please remember those old days of our love
Because we love each other so much
That is why we feel even more painful

We can't even utter the line "love you"

(Together)
Let love be ... in our heart ...
the flower that blooms forever ...
Transcending time, we will not bow to defeat ... the dreams that we won't give up ...

(Female)
Because we love each other so much
That is why we feel even more painful

We can't even utter the line "love you"

(Together)
Let love be ... in our heart ...
the flower that blooms forever ...
We shall never forget ... our mutual promise

Only true love will accompany you and I
Transcending time and space

(Female)
We can't even utter the line "love you"

(Male)
Love is the only beautiful myth that has never changed in my heart
hengcs
 

Re: Shen Hua (The Myth) (2005) (Hong Kong)

Postby hengcs » Sat Aug 13, 2005 5:57 pm

Hey,
I actually thought it is closer to this film ...

Qin Yong (A Terracotta Warrior) (1989)

Director: Siu-Tung Ching
Cast: Zhang Yimou, Gong Li

(1) www.imdb.com/title/tt0098147/

(2) movies2.nytimes.com/gst/m..._id=142820

(3) Please do NOT crash the following site ...
It has screen cap of the entire film ...
kungfu-movie.com/002_movi..._00001.htm
kungfu-movie.com/002_movi..._00002.htm
hengcs
 

Re: Shen Hua (The Myth) (2005) (Hong Kong)

Postby hengcs » Fri Sep 23, 2005 2:47 am


Director: Stanley Tong
Cast: Jackie Chan, Hee-seon Kim, Tony Leung Ka Fai

The official website is here ...
(oh yes, there is an English version)
www.themyth.jce.com.hk/

What is good?
-- They managed to secure the rights to film in 3 great historical locations
i.e., China, at Xi'an's The First Emperor's Terra-Cotta Soldiers and Horses Museum ...
i.e., China, at the waterfall in Yunnan ...
i.e., India, at the 15th-century Virupaksha temple at Hampi ...
-- In terms of editing, the many transitions between the past and the future were rather well choreographed ...
-- Most audience would like these two rather comical scenes
(i) the scene with Jackie Chan blowing the flute and a cobra sashaying (initially, at the theater, I thought the cobra was a computer generated animal ... but when I watched the "making of" on TV, the cobra was actually real!
(ii) the scene when the cast were fighting on a "conveyor" belt ... kind of funny ... (just very "Jackie Chan")
-- Like most Jackie Chan's film, the "ending" N.G. takes are most fun to watch ...

What could be better?
-- The initial philosophical take about reality versus fantasy and what is past versus what is present degenerate to nothing too soon, such that the film only becomes an action/comedy film ... Aso, I thought Tony Leung (Ka Fai)'s was under utilized by having a comical take on its character ...
-- For the first half of the film, I thougt they were filiming in India because such story often entails the belief of reincarnation (in Buddhism) ... Unfortunately, it took a comic turn and scenes in India were all filmed to be comical ... For the second half of the film, although Chinese do have many myths and beliefs, it just did not look credible ...
-- The good versus evil (i.e., villain) take was not compelling and appeared kind of contrived ...
-- Overall, there was not enough compelling "scenes" to make one feel the forbidden love between the two main protagonists ...

Conclusion:
Can watch, but I am not crazy over it ... the film is very "Jackie Chan" ... audience will have to like his style of humor combined with actions ... while the first half is kind of action/comedy, the second half is rather weak ...
hengcs
 


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