Jiu ceng yao ta

九層妖塔 = Chronicles of the ghostly tribe - Jiu ceng yao ta

Chronicles of the ghostly tribe

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Branch Call Number: DVD MANDARI JIU 1DISC
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 3
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digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital
1 videodisc (118 min., bonus 5 min.) : sound, color, ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 鐳射企業有限公司
樂視影業(北京)有限公司
夢想者电影(北京)有限公司
中國電影股份有限公司
李光潔
李晨
鳳小岳
唐嫣
姚晨
趙又廷
陸川

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jimg2000
Nov 09, 2017

The film is an adaptation of Tianxia Bachang's 2006 best-selling novel Ghost Blows Out the Light (from "Full Record" - 根據小說《鬼吹灯之精絶古城》改编.) It was popular and good enough that another version of the novel (尋龍訣 = Mojin : the lost legend) was released in 2015 which won the Best Director and Best Supporting Actress in the 33rd Hundred Flowers Awards on Sep 25, 2016.

Searched around for reviews and this one is the best:
https://asianfilmstrike.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/chronicles-of-the-ghostly-tribe-2015-review/

Agree with the reviewer that the strength of the film was the production sets and the story premise of a legend, not unlike the Hollywood Mummy franchise. Like to add the monsters were junior versions of those from "The Great Wall 2016" and menacing.

The excerpt on the background of the plot:

In 1979, giants fossils belonging to unknown creatures are found in the mountains near the Mongolian border, along with the perfectly preserved remains of humans from thousands of years ago. An government-funded excavation endeavor is initiated, led by Professor Yang (Wang Qingxiang). Among the workers is Hu Bayi (Mark Chao), a young soldier who falls in love with the Professor’s beautiful daughter Ping (Yao Chen). When a freak explosion collapses the excavated tunnels, the Professor asks for volunteers to venture with him and his daughter in the mountain and find new passageways. Hu and a few others step forward, and soon the small team is trekking through the mountain’s treacherous bowels. After the group is decimated by strange, lethal bats, the survivors fall into a precipice, only to wake up at its bottom, miraculously alive. And while looking for a way out, they discover a mysterious cyclopean temple which – as it soon becomes apparent – the Professor had been actively looking for. ...

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tj_is_cool
Jan 21, 2017

Skip it. This is a very poor combination of Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. It is an unfortunate waste of popular actors, good locations and computer generated special effects.

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jimg2000
Nov 09, 2017

The history of the dig:

In August 1934, a dragon corpse was found in Liaoning Province. In 1956, an underground palace was unearthed by archaeologists in Beijing. In 1972, a female mummy was discovered in an ancient tomb in Hunan Province, its body preserved to a remarkable degree. In 1974, strange fossils were found in the Kunlun Mountains. In 1978, Professor Yang Jialin from the Shanghai Paleontological Institute traveled to investigate. He made an important discovery. In 1979, Bureau 749 was established, and a large-scale investigation was launched. Two abnormal humanoid skeletons were unearthed. This was the year I arrived. Destiny, I've learned, is a force that affects us all, no matter who you think you are.
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She said that I had many lives in me, but I had to save them for myself.
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Life and death are impermanent.
Meetings and partings are preordained.
The life you see may not subsist.
The death you see might not exist.

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