This Taiwanese turkey is screening as part of the Cine Asia
programme from Vendetta Films. It claims to have been influenced by
Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones. I have not
seen Pirates but have a certain fondness for the fun of Indi.
I think the fun factor in Hunter seems to have been lost in
Lead-man Jay Chou is being marketed as a conglomerate of talent.
Here he plays a noble-souled antiquarian who must restore relics to
their rightful owners from poachers (who are bad because theyíre
Russian, or is it vice versa?).
ends up in the Mongol deserts with his mentorís daughter (who is an
author of novels he does not respect) and a band of eccentrics in
search for the wealth of the Lost City. Needless to say, numerous
fight-scenes stand in their way. Some of the choreography is great
and the ghost-horse chase is thrilling but thatís too little return
on my 106 minute investment.
Perhaps the only thing to be salvaged is the unintended funniness.
Some of the dialogue comes across as super-cheesy and thereís
awkwardness around the love-interest which lacks any credibility.
There was also a peculiar duel with The Deadly Sheathes of Linen (my
memory) which has to be seen to be believed! The only interesting
thing comes at the end, where self-referencing hits you out of the
All in all, it failed to spark my interest or capture my
imagination. I didnít care what these people were up to among the
sand or why. The audience I saw it with was overwhelmingly Chinese
and they seemed to be enjoying it, when not on their phone or
bumping the back of chairs.