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Young Master (Nicholas Tse) and Brad (Nick Cheung) are small-time cops with big dreams - to become members of the respected Gold Shield Constables. When a major murder-robbery case arrives on their doorsteps, their investigative skills raise the suspicions of investigator Captain Iron (Kenny Ho). Wrongfully imprisoned, Young Master and Brad escape execution thanks to the help of two beautiful swindlers (Crystal Huang and Charlene Choi). To retrieve the precious statue stolen from the murder scene and arrest the band of murderers, the heroes go to Treasure Inn, where they expect an annual auction of artifacts to attract the murders' mastermind. There, they meet inn owner Yue Linglong (Liu Yang), a mysterious scholar (Tong Da Wei), and other assorted shady characters that have arrived at the inn for the auction.
|Product Title:||Treasure Inn (DVD-9) (China Version) 財神客棧 (DVD-9) (中國版) 财神客栈 (DVD-9) (中国版) 財神客棧 (DVD-9) (中國版) Treasure Inn (DVD-9) (China Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Charlene Choi (Actor) | Crystal Huang (Actor) | Liu Yang (Actor) | Kenny Ho (Actor) | Tong Da Wei (Actor) | Zheng Xiao Dong (Actor) 謝 霆鋒 (Actor) | 張 家輝 (Actor) | 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 黃奕 (Actor) | 劉 洋 (Actor) | 何家勁 (Actor) | 佟 大為 (Actor) | 鄭曉東 (Actor) 谢 霆锋 (Actor) | 张 家辉 (Actor) | 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 黄奕 (Actor) | 刘 洋 (Actor) | 何家劲 (Actor) | 佟 大为 (Actor) | 郑晓东 (Actor) 謝霆鋒（ニコラス・ツェー） (Actor) | 張家輝 （ニック・チョン） (Actor) | 蔡卓妍（シャーリーン・チョイ） (Actor) | 黄奕（ホァン・イー） (Actor) | Liu Yang (Actor) | 何家勁（ホー・カーキン） (Actor) | 佟大為 （トン・ダーウェイ） (Actor) | Zheng Xiao Dong (Actor) 사 정봉 (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Charlene Choi (Actor) | Crystal Huang (Actor) | Liu Yang (Actor) | Kenny Ho (Actor) | Tong Da Wei (Actor) | Zheng Xiao Dong (Actor)|
|Director:||Wong Jing 王晶 王晶 王晶 （バリー・ウォン） Wong Jing|
|Action Director:||Corey Yuen 元奎 元奎 元奎（コリー・ユン） Corey Yuen|
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Picture Format:||PAL What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.35 : 1|
|Sound Information:||DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-9|
|Region Code:||6 - China What is it?|
|Publisher:||Guang Dong Yin Xiang|
|Package Weight:||110 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1024986417|
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Wong Jing's swordplay comedy Treasure Inn hearkens back to an earlier, simpler Hong Kong Cinema time - namely the early nineties, when people watched movies on laserdisc and Netscape still meant something. Back then, comedy wuxias were big, mixing top stars and jiang hu stories with wacky hijinks, flowing costumes and energetic martial arts wirework. Wong Jing produced more than a few such wuxias, including highlights (or maybe lowlights) Legend of the Liquid Sword, Holy Weapon and the Royal Tramp movies. Treasure Inn handily belongs among those films, except it's got mainland money, new-fangled CGI and a lack of superstars like Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung or Stephen Chow. The future was not kind to this genre.
Fear not, Wong Jing went quality with his cast, hiring Nic and Nick for the leads. They're not Brigitte or Stephen but Hong Kong Film Award-winning duo Nicholas Tse and Nick Cheung are as good as you can get nowadays. Handsome Young Master (Tse) and wiseacre Brad (Cheung) are lowly cops who work in the courthouse kitchen and dream of being respected Gold Shield Constables. They get their chance when a mass murder occurs at the Zhang family estate, the perps escaping with the White Jade Goddess, a priceless statue of the goddess Guanyin. Young Master deduces that the killers were supreme martial artists using metal claws, poison needles, swift swordplay and a Deadful Melody-type instrument that sends out destructive sonic waves. Hold on - this movie has poison needles? Death by four-stringed lute? It's enough to make an HK Cinema old-timer cry tears of joy.
Young Master's smarts and Brad's snarky commentary don't do them much good, though. Lead investigator Captain Iron (Kenny Ho) guesses that the two might be conspirators and has them wrongfully imprisoned. They escape execution thanks to the intervention of swindling sisters Lady Fire Dragon (Huang Yi) and Lady Water Dragon (Charlene Choi), who regularly dupe the law for undeserved reward money. Romantic hijinks ensue, and after wasting ten minutes making gooey eyes, the quartet heads for the Treasure Inn, a desert inn run by the enigmatic Yue Linglong (Liu Yang). Given the illegal nature of the White Jade Goddess, the Treasure Inn is the only place where it can be sold, and if our four heroes (or two couples) catch the bad guys, they can clear their names and pocket a nifty reward. The problem: how can this group take down five martial arts masters?
Not to worry, this is a Wong Jing movie so everything is solved with instant deliberation and zero foreshadowing. Like most Wong Jing productions, Treasure Inn is exceptionally slapdash, with convenient plot twists, heavy exposition and verbalized character bits thrown in whenever the movie needs them. This lack of polish should be a problem, but this is just Wong Jing being Wong Jing. Nobody expects complex narratives or seamless filmmaking from Wong - what makes his films work are wit and surprise, plus the quality of his cast and crew. When Wong's hackneyed storytelling is highlighted by the unparalleled charisma of Chow Yun-Fat, or accompanied by gorgeous backlighting and Chingmy Yau in white billowing robes, it's easy to buy in.
With that in mind, there's some success here. Both Nic Tse and Nick Cheung perform gamely, showing that they can still have fun despite their award-winning pedigrees. As Young Master, Tse is all debonair attitude, using an arsenal of striking gazes to charm his legion of admirers. Tse's performance is very self-amused, but it works, especially when paired with Cheung's snarky sidekick. Nick Cheung's performance is familiar; dopey roles were his stock-in-trade before he became the intense Nick Cheung of Dante Lam film fame. Seeing Cheung as the screwy Brad now qualifies as nostalgia, and Huang Yi shows some comedy chops as his onscreen partner. Sadly, Charlene Choi impresses the least. Lady Water Dragon is the same whiny, girlish character she's played many times before, and given Choi's advancing age (she's now 28), this screen persona has understandably lost luster. At this stage, the performance is a waste of Choi's time.
Wong Jing’s gags are unsurprisingly hit-and-miss, but the mix of stars and performances compensates. Besides the lead four, mainland actor Tong Dawei is engaging as Wen Wenqie, a wandering doctor with hidden martial arts skills and an earnest attitude that makes him an audience favorite. Frequent "Jing Girl" Liu Yang does it all as Yue Linglong, combining mature sexiness with some dance and martial arts. The fighting is the fake stuff, as action director Corey Yuen has few cast members who can really perform their own martial arts. However, the filmmakers compensate with active camerawork and solid choreography and editing. The fighting is easy to follow and never boring, and the variety of weapons and styles keeps things lively. It also helps that martial artists Yuen Tak and Philip Ng play two of the bad guys. As the lute-playing villainess, Pan Shuang-Shuang is easy on the eyes, which means she does her job.
The film's visual effects aren't that impressive. From Korean VFX house Kinomotive (the same guys who handled the atrocious Future-X Cops), the effects look like they were produced during an earlier decade. Still, it's all tolerable, as the film itself is roughly made, depending more on audience goodwill rather than a glossy production to get the job done. Treasure Inn is not a polished wuxia of the twenty-first century, but a wild and wacky nineties screwball fantasy - and given that classification we should simply be glad that the film isn't annoying or interminable. This is still a throwaway movie, as Wong Jing hasn't changed the game or even the channel with his return to this genre. But it's also a fun little throwback, reminding us of a bygone age when Hong Kong offered top-notch commercial cinema with unique, inimitable flair. Treasure Inn isn't all that. But right now, it's close enough.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com
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December 15, 2011
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"Treasure Inn" spoofs the 1992 version of "Dragon Inn" and mixes in japes at a host of other Hong Kong costume dramas of that era. Nicholas Tse is cast in the old Tony Leung Ka Fai role, Liu Yang plays the old Maggie Cheung role, and I suppose Charlene Choi must be in the Brigitte Lin role, but I'm sure Brigitte would not be happy at all with that comparison!
The story in a nutshell is this: The White Jad Goddess, a priceless statue, was stolen from Jin Buer (Yuen Tak). In order to get it back, Jin hires a ruthless gang of criminals. The criminals steal the statue from its present home with a prosperous family, but in doing so they wipe out the prosperous family, their servants, and even their pets! Two low-level cops, Young Master (Nicholas Tse) and Brad (Nick Cheung) investigate the scene of the crime, but are not allowed to participate in the manhunt for the thieves. Nonetheless, they find themselves hot on the trail, competing in their efforts to find the statue (and the villains) against the vaunted Gold Shield Constables. Soon the brilliant Young Master and the foolish Brad throw in their lot with a pair of female swindlers (Charlene Choi and Crystal Huang), with all roads leading to a showdown for the statue in the remote Treasure Inn, owned by the lovely Yue Linglong (Liu Yang).
While the film's situational humor is inconsistent, both Nick Cheung and Crystal Huang draw lots of laughs with their their wacky antics. No one plays a vain fool better than Nick and Crystal makes her physical humor both smart and sexy. Charlene Choi's character, unfortunately, is a wimpy annoyance and the usually reliable Nicholas Tse so underplays his role that at times he seems to be sleepwalking. Liu Yang is wonderfully charismatic, but her character seems too classy for the inn's seedy milieu.
"Treasure Inn" is more tightly plotted and scripted and more slickly produced than your typical Wong Jing comedy. (Yes, I know, that isn't saying much.) Here is the best assessment I can provide: The first time I watched it, the movie's flaws drove me to distraction and I turned it off after 40 minutes or so. The second time through, the movie's strengths carried the day and I enjoyed the goofy ride all the way to the silly end.