The thousand faces of Dunjia

The thousand faces of Dunjia

DVD - 2017 | Chinese
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A police officer discovers a secret society with supernatural abilities and joins them as they prepare to destroy an ancient creature.
Publisher: [Plano, TX] : Well Go USA Entertainment, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: CHINESE MOVIE THOUS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,Dolby 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1

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jimg2000
Oct 07, 2019

Wiki states that it is a remake of the 1982 film "The Miracle Fighters", with identical Chinese title "奇门遁甲," also directed by Yuen. However, the story and characters of this new version bear little resemblance to the original. Although the film opens with an intro to the mythology of the back-story, much of the nuances are lost in the English only subtitles. Anyway, a Chinese flavored "Men In Black" with low quality CGI on actions, weapons and alien monsters but excellent set design.

Intro in English & Chinese:
The first study of Qimen and Dunjia “奇门遁甲”之学
was found in annals of unofficial Chinese history. 始于上古史外之篇
It's a very ancient text, so it's impossible to determine which parts of it may be true. 其中虚实之处 所知者流光逝失
Nowadays, 'Qimen' is taken to mean 'time' and 'coordinates'. “奇门” 今人解作时辰方位
It's used to boost luck and avoid misfortune. 用以趋吉避凶
Whereas 'Dunjia', as far as we can tell, 而“遁甲” 则据我等之见
is hidden inside an orb device called Qimen. 乃隐藏于“奇门”一盘之内的
It yields limitless power. 无穷力量
Even if tiny or widely separated, 宇宙至远至微
these two natural opposites are indissolubly linked. 各自牵引
They form a causal circle. 因果循环
We in the Wuyin Clan must spare no effort 穷我雾隐门世代之力
in locating the Dunjia device. 必取得遁于奇门之甲
The enemies from beyond the sky must be beaten. 以御天外之敌
Peace and order must be restored to the earth. 平定天地苍生

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Ferrous1
Aug 15, 2018

Entertaining if rather formulaic.Typical fantasy movie that’s very heavy on the special effects, with a rather odd ending that seems to hint at a sequel and has a radical, unexplained, change in one of the characters from, well, childlike simpleton to a suddenly capable military leader o.O

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Kagamusha
May 24, 2018

I turned it off. mOSTLY FOR THE SUBTITLES WHICH WERE TOO SMALL, WENT BY TOO FAST and against too many white backgrounds. ( sorry about the cap lock there ). As much as I loath it, I even went to Dubbing; which was not offered. And much of the F/X was Sooo obviously CGI ,that I said Goodbye. 'Sup to you.

sppl_deannav Apr 05, 2018

Love the comedy in this movie but not a fan of the CG effects. Would've have been a great martial arts film without the extra animation/effects.

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