‘The Treasure Hunter’ Featuring Kato from ‘Green Hornet’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated December 3rd, 2009 at 6:41 pm,

treasure hunter header The Treasure Hunter Featuring Kato from Green Hornet

There are few people that are aware of the growing movie market overseas. Thailand is emerging as a serious threat in the martial arts action genre with the help of Tony Jaa (Ong Bak); Russia is proving they can make a slick and entertaining film thanks to studios like Disney (Black Lightning); and, of course, Japan has always been the source for many Hollywood studios’ “inspired” horror remakes (The Ring, The Grudge). One foreign market that tends to be brushed off as only doing kung-fu or martial art films is China.

Today we have a trailer for a new Asian film which has the odd IMDB genre label of romance/sci-fi called Ci Ling (Treasure Hunter). Why are we at Screen Rant sharing this trailer with you? Because Treasure Hunter stars an actor most English-speaking audiences may not be familiar with yet, but will be next year: Jay Chou. Chou is also playing Kato opposite Seth Rogen in the upcoming re-imagining of The Green Hornet. We thought you might a first-look at how the actor does onscreen.

Here’s the synopsis for Treasure Hunter and the trailer after the jump:

In the northwest desert where countless prosperous dynasties have flourish and fall, there is rumor of a treasure of unbelievable riches buried among it. A group of mysterious guardians have been guarding the map to the location of the treasure until a fierce rivalry erupted. A notorious international crime group, The Company, hunted down the map keeper and before they managed to secure the map, the keeper passed the map to a young chivalrous man Ciao Fei (Jay Chou). Ciao Fei was forced to give up the map to save the life of his mentor’s daughter Lan Ting (Lin Chi Ling). Teaming up with Hua Ding Bang (a famous archaeologist) and Lan Ting they embark on a dangerous journey to recover the map and fight to protect the ancient treasure.

I like the look of Treasure Hunter and even though it will never open in American theaters – unless it’s remade by Stephen Sommers, starring Brendan Fraser and Nicolas Cage in the renamed “National Treasure: Mummy Hunter”- I still look forward to watching it on DVD in a few months.

If the truth be known, a hefty portion of martial arts experts from China are fight choreographers for big Hollywood productions. Other films usually glazed over by American audiences, are the sweeping epics that China has produced in the recent years: Curse of the Golden Flower, House of Flying Daggers, and my personal favorite, Hero. I think it has something to do with American audiences’ disinterest in reading subtitles.

…And hose are just the films that make it into American theaters, thanks to the help and persuasion of people like Quentin Tarantino, who is a HUGE Asian cinema fan. There are plenty of bankable Asian actors that English audiences are familiar with: Jackie Chan (The Drunken Master), Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle), Jet Li (Black Mask), Chow Yun-Fat (Confucius), Maggie Cheung (Hero), Donnie Yen (Iron Monkey), and Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Odds are pretty good that you’ve seen at least one of each of those actors’ films and had to read the dialog in subtitles.

What do you think about Jay Chou, Treasure Hunter and Asian cinema, like it, hate it or open to it?

Treasure Hunter opens in Asian theaters December 31, 2009. The Green Hornet opens December 22, 2010.

Source: Twitch

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  1. If it wasnt for the fact that the guy is going to be in Green Hornet, this wouldnt be on here.

  2. @Beckett – Actually I offer up Asian films all the time for posting on the site. There are just so many out there that we would have to dedicate a large portion of SR to covering them so we have to be selective.

    Twitch is a great site for reading up and following foreign films.

    And yes, it is a bonus that Chou is attached to Green Hornet as well.

  3. @DrSam

    So what exactly is your point? It’s Vic’s site and he could actually put an update on ICarly the movie if he wants to. Lighten up. If the post wasn’t to you’re tastes then just kindly click on the home page and be done with it. I for one am glad for the post as I like me some foreign kick-butt filmology.

  4. That actually looks pretty good to me. They could have cut down on the slow-mo a bit but I liked what I saw.

  5. Meh

  6. I have only seen Jay in one movie(initial D “live action”) and i like him. It might have been because of the movie itself(love cars and crazy about the anime series). Would love to see more of what he can do.

  7. this movie looks aweseom 😀

    since you mentioned this film how bout metioning GOEMON

  8. yeah but censorship will keep thai films from going very far (they blur any appearance of a gun and other objectionable material). I don’t know if China has been brushed off as only kung fu but I guess it depends who you talk to. Films by Zhang YiMou and Wong Kar Wai have nothing to do with kung fu and have been praised at international film festivals. Johnny To also makes a lot of crime films in hong kong. hopefully more diverse films from Asia start getting more recognition than the typical kung-fu, horror stuff.

  9. wat was coming out of the end of the trailer

  10. LOL, we get crap if we only cover blockbusters and we get crap if we try to cover smaller films. So in the end we’ll post what we bloody well feel like writing about. 8)


  11. Hey! I wasnt saying dont post whatever you want, I was merely saying would this film have warranted an article if i didnt have Jay Chou in it?

    I myself quite like films like these.

    Is Green Hornet going to be a comedy like Starsky And Hutch?

  12. @DrSamBeckett

    No worries, actually Chou WAS the reason that we decided to post this since there have been grumblings about him playing Kato.

    But overall I still thing it looks cool.


  13. “And hose are just the films that make it into American theaters, thanks to the help and persuasion of people like Quentin Tarantino”

    I am sure that it was supposed to say “And those are ……” But that was a good title for the Stephen Sommers remake I was thinking the exact same thing.

  14. Actually, I really admire Jay Chou.
    Not only his movie, which are more well-known to the western countries, but also his music which are unique and great.
    He’s famous in the Asian countries for a reason.
    Looking forward to The Treasure Hunter and also The Green Hornet.
    Hopes that he makes another famous asian actor/singer in the western countries.


  15. @Paul

    Haha National Treasure – Mummy Hunter I chuckled a bit when I read that. You wanna see some sweet kung fu? Check our Mr. Jaa in The Protector.. best choreography period. Dude breaks like 60 bones in one scene. And hes not a big guy either but it comes town to that technique. I hear hes the next bruce lee if thats ever attainable.

  16. I love Asian Cinema, am ambivalent about Treasure Hunter (Ling Chi-ling acting?), and can’t stand Jay Chou. I haven’t seen a movie yet in which he doesn’t act as himself, though for the sake of any number of Asian actors more deserving of breaking in in the US I hope he makes a respectable turn here. (I also think his music stopped being original and turned totally derivative and boring about six years ago, and that he’s a sexist pig, but none of that would prevent me from enjoying a movie he’s in if I like the movie. Heck, I liked Initial D.)

  17. It does look interesting.

    I myself can’t warm up to Jay Chou that much, he always has that same look on his face. But I cheer for any Asian actor that gets some recognition in the west (Love Asian cinema, while not Asian myself). And Eric Tsang is in this too, who I loved in all these ’80’s comedies.

  18. Honestly, I don’t think Bruce Lee would “give” a damn, if people still thought Highly of him, he was, ultimately, a Person, who just wanted an honest life for himself & hiS Family, and tizz cooL that his Daughter & Wife are trying to continue his “Legacy” and such, he was a Pioneer, and aLL, and aLL Pioneers have the Benefit of Being The one to Break the Mold, especially during a time when no Asian Superstar was able to break into the Collective Mass Consciousness in a way, that had never heretofore been seen before…I think he’d be impress’d with EVERYONE doing their thing now, especially Chan, Jet & Jaa…Whomsoever, as long as you show Guts & Originality…I think he’d be impress’d with Jija Yanin, as well, cuz, back then, he didn’t think Women could do sufficient MartiaL Arts, my, how thirty some odd years can change a LOT, neh?

    Hope ya”LL have a Merry X-MaS & Happy New YeaRS, ya”LL!!!