The Myth aka San wa (2005, Jackie Chan Fantasy Action Romance) – 5/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Executive Producer: Jackie Chan
Executive Producer: Willie Chan
Director: Stanley Tong
Jackie Chan: Meng Yi / Jack
Kim Hee-Sun: Ok Soo
Tony Leung Ka Fai: William
Mallika Sherawat: Samantha
Choi Min Soo: General Choi
Tam Yiu Man: Xu Gui
Writer (Screenplay): Stanley Tong
Writer (Screenplay): Wang Hui Ling
Writer (Screenplay): Li Haishu
Stunt Choreographer: Jackie Chan
Stunt Choreographer: Stanley Tong
Producer: Willie Chan
Producer: Solon So
Producer: Barbie Tung
Writer (Story): Stanley Tong

Myth, The aka San wa (2005)

Quin Dynasty: General Meng Yi oversees the transfer of Concubine Li to his Emperor’s kingdom but a battle quickly ensues. As they make their escape alone, they develop a love that will survive anything, even death.

5/10

This is an attempt at a cross-generational romantic fantasy but an entirely broken script is given way too much screen-time to be overlooked. You spend all of the non-action sequences trying to work out what’s happening regardless of the usually misleading and contradictory words. It starts with a baffling sequence where Tony Leung Ka Fai attempts to save his betrothed by stabbing Jackie (who is the only thing stopping her falling to her death), then they all leap off the cliff anyway and it only gets more nonsensical. It’s largely a good-looking film (the effects are poor) and the score is nice but, of course, we’re here for the action. The action sequences are generally good with the best being the Rat Glue Factory fight, which includes the flexible eye-candy of the almost indescribably hot Mallika Sherawat and punctuated marvellously by a pair of comedy underpants (though I don’t know why you’d want to glue rats to anything ;) ). It’s a classic. The early coffin fight is also superbly orchestrated showcasing the continued inventiveness and energy and comedy that Chan brings to his best sequences.

This movie contains martial arts violence, graphic period war violence, gory and unpleasant scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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