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szdaily -> Movies -> 
Mojin - the Lost Legend
    2016-01-01  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    IT makes no sense to expect “Mojin — the Lost Legend” to make sense. The latest production by Chinese director Wuershan is an adventure-fantasy movie designed to thrill and entertain, depicting a bunch of action heroes braving zombie armies in search of a stone with magic power.

    Based on Chinese writer Zhang Muye’s immensely popular adventure series, “Ghost Blows Out the Light,” this is a precisely-crafted work of entertainment featuring a star-studded cast and stunning CGI effects, showing that China is catching up with Hollywood in manufacturing blockbuster entertainment.

    The film opens with three adventurers entering a subterranean mausoleum. Through off-screen narration by Wang (Huang Bo), we learn that they are Mojin Xiaowei (摸金校尉), an ancient school of tomb raiders once commanded by Chinese emperors.

    The story cuts to New York City in the late 1980s, where Wang and his two partners, Hu (Chen Kun) and Shirley (Hsu Chi), now live, having retired from tomb raiding. Tired of hawking “Chinese treasures” in the city’s backstreet, Wang returns to his old trade by taking on a mission for a mysterious, wealthy businesswoman (Liu Xiaoqing), who wants an ancient meteorite called the Equinox Flower, which has the power to resurrect the dead and is believed to be buried in an ancient tomb of a Khitan princess in Inner Mongolia.

    The mission brings Wang’s mind back to 20 years ago, when he and Hu joined a communist youth group traveling through the vast steppes of Inner Mongolia, where Wuershan grew up, at the height of the Cultural Revolution. Here, the country’s communist past serves as a source of ridicule and laughs, humorously rendered in a sequence in which the communist youths, determined to rid the masses of superstition and old customs, go on trashing whatever is deemed traditional and end up being slaughtered by an army of dead Japanese soldiers-turned-zombies in a crypt.

    The expedition leads the heroes back to the exact site where the bloodshed took place two decades ago, where they will find out what awaits them in the crypt.

    Knowledge of the Cultural Revolution is not required to enjoy Mojin, as the movie is made to engage a global audience. Cultural particulars are turned into plot gimmicks as Chinese emperors’ mausoleums become the playground for the modern action heroes, who use Bagua, or the eight trigrams, to solve mysteries and hunt treasures.

    The movie is lavish, packed with eye-dazzling action and fantastic plots, making it feel right at home among the “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” films. Wuershan’s visual panache renders the whole film a pure spectacle, especially with the underground mausoleum, where the bulk of the story takes place.

    There are doses of gore and thrill thrown in, as the zombies look vivid and fearsome but quickly crumble when being hit as if they had stepped out of “The Mummy” series.

    Hsu makes a gorgeous action heroine. She is athletic, agile and plays it cool most of the time. But her love-hate pas de deux with Chen’s character is stiff and tiresome. The occasional outburst of whining and pouting makes her not quite up there with Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft.

    Chen is cut out for a dashing action hero, albeit a rather indistinct one. Huang ends up stealing much of the attention with his strong presence, offering hyperactive comic relief along with his sidekick, played by Xia Yu. The latter, however, carries a zaniness so overbearing that one wishes a zombie could knock him out and keep him unconscious till the end credits roll.

    The movie is now being screened in Shenzhen.

    (SD-Agencies)

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