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Treasure Hunt
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Year: 1994
Chow Yun-Fat and Wu Chien-Lien
Director: Jeff Lau Chun-Wai
Action: Philip Kwok Chun-Fung
Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Wu Chien-Lien, Gordon Liu Chia-Hui, Chin Han, Choi Yu, Philip Kwok Chun-Fung (Kuo Chui), Roy Chiao (Kiu Wang), Michael Wong Mun-Tak
The Skinny: A typical Hong Kong mishmash of multiple genres, except this one is buoyed by the lovely chemistry between Chow Yun-Fat and Wu Chien-Lien.
by Kozo:
     Chow Yun Fat’s triumphant return to HK film after a two year lay-off finds him in a true Hong Kong film. Jeff Lau directs this multi-genre piece that combines action, comedy, romance, and other assorted genres into one big package. The result is uneven, littered with too much in too many directions. The supposed plot is thin as paper and the drama isn’t really all that dramatic. Yet, hidden in there are some truly fun, sweet moments. 
     Plot: Chow Yun-Fat is Chang Ching, a CIA operative sent to China to find a mysterious “treasure.” For some reason he shacks up at a local Shaolin temple where the gags pile on, especially in the form of an overweight Shaolin kid who either charms or annoys depending on your taste. Then Wu Chien-Lien shows up as Siu Ching, a girlish ESP misfit who’s imprisoned at the temple for reasons that would only give away the plot.
     Chang befriends Siu Ching her but her powers hold a large price: everybody wants to barter her talents to other parties for lots of dough. Can Chang save her? And, can they find true love unlike Ching Ching and Hui Man-Keung, the protagonists of Siu Ching’s favorite book (an in-joke to Shanghai Beach, Chow’s old TV show). Chow’s charisma and Wu Chien-Lien’s beauty and charm carry this movie. Without them, this is just another wacky and weird HK exercise by wacky and weird Jeff Lau. Not that there’s truly anything wrong with that. (Kozo 1996)
Theme song: "The Moon Represents My Heart" by Teresa Teng
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The 14th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
Nomination - Best Actor (Chow Yun-Fat)
Nomination - Best Cinematography (Peter Pau Tak-Hei)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

image courtesy of Mei Ah Laser Disc Co., Ltd.

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