Movie Details

TRACING SHADOW

At the end of the Ming Dynasty, the country is in turmoil and the Manchurians are poised to advance upon the capital of Beijing. The city is in a chaos, with martial arts masters from royal guards to local bandits gathering in the city vying for the map of Taizu Emperor Treasure. Foreign warriors including Yehe Changgong and Ninja woman Mingyue Xin from Okinawa also joins the race. In search of the map, fighters stay in the town and disguise themselves as civilians. Yehe and Mingyue Xin pretend to be a couple and run an inn, while others open various businesses as a disguise. They suffer humiliation from young landlord Xu Sanguan for housing rent and debt. What`s worse, Xu begins to pursue Mingyue Xin`s adopted daughter Tang; while town chief Gu falls for the beautiful Ninja woman. As the fighters feel trapped in the mundane life of the small town, the map is found.

Language:
Subtitle:
Classification:
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Martial Arts
Running Time: NA
Distributor:
Cast: Francis Ng, Pace Wu, Jaycee Chan, Xie Na
Director: Marco Mak Chi-Sin, Francis Ng
Format:

[More]

Watch the latest trailers or view more videos here
Review
Writer: Ezekiel Lee Zhiang Yang

Writer Ratings:
Overall:
Cast:
Plot:
Effects:
Cinematography:

Watch this if you liked: "Painted Skin"

In this rare directorial project from one of Hong Kong's veteran actors, Francis Ng, we are taken back to the Ming Dynasty where many kungfu masters from different regions fight over a peculiar treasure map hidden inside the palace. Within the half-hour mark, the "Painted Skin" question arises - is this a wuxia comedy, an action movie or an epic mystery?

Well, at least we know it's not a horror. You can read that the Huayi Brothers (Beijing-based entertainment conglomerate) CEO says the film is an affectionate tribute to the martial arts classics of the 70s such as King Hu's "Dragon Inn", not that this writer has seen it.

What this writer has seen, however, is that unending puzzle of a man, Jaycee Chan, and the recent films he's starred in like "The Sun Also Rises" and "Invisible Target". Granted life is hard when Jackie Chan is your father but this young fellow just doesn't endear himself to anyone onscreen. His soft demeanour and poor charisma simply don't make for good viewing.

The rest of the cast aren't much to shout about either - but this is more of a storyline problem. Francis Ng must have been too caught up playing music in the movie as the beggar-cum-warrior, to the point of missing out on managing the direction of this movie. One thing he did do right though, was the hilarious scene where multiple celebrity lookalikes get together. There's probably five Jackie Chans, Jet Lis, Andy Laus, Richie Rens and Jay Chous - all monkeying about to good effect. This was probably the most entertaining moment in a largely boring, slow and ineffective movie. Perhaps if annoying mainlander Xie Na and Taiwanese model Pace Wu are your cuppa, then you'd find this movie to be some value for money.

You can read online that Francis Ng donated the first copy of the film to the China National Film Museum in Beijing, joining other cinema classics "Shaolin Temple", "New Longmen Hostelry" and the epic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". God only knows why he didn't just float it down the Yangtze.


Cinema Online, 07 August 2009
Showtimes
 
Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
You can now proceed to book tickets at Shaw Cinema, click the link below to continue.
Showtimes are subject to change. Please double check Movie title, location and timing again before completing your purchase.
Ok      Cancel
You are now leaving Cinema Online's website.
You can now proceed to book tickets at Golden Village Cinema, click the link below to continue.
Showtimes are subject to change. Please double check Movie title, location and timing again before completing your purchase.
Ok      Cancel
You are now leaving Cinema Online's website.
You can now proceed to book tickets at Cathay Cineplexes, click the link below to continue.
Showtimes are subject to change. Please double check Movie title, location and timing again before completing your purchase.
Ok      Cancel
You are now leaving Cinema Online's website.
You can now proceed to book tickets at Filmgarde Cineplexes, click the link below to continue.
Showtimes are subject to change. Please double check Movie title, location and timing again before completing your purchase.
Ok      Cancel
You are now leaving Cinema Online's website.
You can now proceed to book tickets at WE Cinema, click the link below to continue.
Showtimes are subject to change. Please double check Movie title, location and timing again before completing your purchase.
Ok      Cancel
You are now leaving Cinema Online's website.