Plot: Legend about ancient treasures of past dynasties buried beneath the northwest desert in a famed lost city attracted treasure-hunters and tomb rides for centuries. The lost city is guarded by fierce spirits of dead warriors, who kept the map to the lost city safe. A gang of tomb raiders kidnaps Lan Ting, a popular adventure novel author and demand the secret map to the treasure location for her return, as they know that her estranged father is in possession of the map. Ciao Fei, the swashbuckling protector of ancient relics, is forced to give up the map to save the live of his mentor's daughter. Teaming up with Hua Ding Bang (a famous archaeologist) and Lan Ting they embark on a dangerous journey to recover the map and fight to protect the ancient treasure.
«Chou’s lack of acting skills, however, is hardly the main reason this massive pile of crap masquerading as a film is a flop. This high-budget adventure-esque film by Taiwanese director Kevin Chu has gotta be one of the worst we have seen in a while.»
«Veteran director Yen-ping (Kevin) Chu has borrowed from old masters (including Sergio Leone) to fashion a film that manages to pay tribute to the classics while adding a fresh, youthful edge to the film's mood. There are lots of close ups of the key characters, and just as many 'epic' desert images - and The Treasure Hunter comes with BIG music. It's pure escapist fun.»
«The entire film is one big schizophrenic affair in not knowing what it wants to do with itself, other than to milk the money off fans of Jay Chou and Lin Chiling. One of the worst movies this year, and definitely not something that you'd want to ruin your start to 2010 with.»
«However, the obviously derivative elements in "Treasure Hunter" won't find too much support among more discerning adventure movie fans. The hybrid production set combines worlds that are both ancient and modern, so the movie can be very unsettling at times.»
Twitch, by Eight Rookssource:
«While not a terrible film, The Treasure Hunter is simply grindingly average - potentially impressive in small doses, but never amounting to anything more than fluff in the long run. Jay Chou's ardent fans will no doubt flock to it in droves, but while it might provide some brief amusement to anyone after some undemanding blockbuster entertainment from the mainland, it's still impossible to recommend.»
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