Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 10th, 2016
BluRay released: May 3rd, 2016
Approximate running time: 125 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen & 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Mandarin, Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Chinese
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Synopsis: A trio of tomb raiders retire after narrowly escaping their last job together. Two decades later this trio is reluctantly brought back together, when one of them takes on a job with a nefarious benefactor. Will they find the artifact they have been hired to retrieve or does fate have something else in mind for them?
Mojin – The Lost Legend was directed by Wuershan whose other notable credits include, The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman and Painted Skin: The Resurrection. The score for Mojin – The Lost Legend was composed by Kôji Endô whose other notable film scores include, Audition, 13 Assassins and Lesson of the Evil. The screenplay for Mojin – The Lost Legend was adapted from the novel Ghosts Blows Out the Light written by Tianxi Bachang.
Though the film’s well-constructed narrative does a good detailing who everyone is and what their motivations are? The same can’t be said for the premise, which suffers from retreading all too familiar ground. Also another thing about the characters which populate this film they are all caricatures and none of them leave any lasting impression.
From a production stand point things fare slightly better as the visuals are one of the few areas where this film shines brightest. Another area where this film’s holds up well are its well-executed scenes and none are more striking then the scene where a group of Japanese zombie come back to life to wreak havoc. And not to be overlooked are this film’s use of special effects which range from very good to adequate.
Performance wise the cast are best described as serviceable in their respective roles. With this film’s most memorable performance being Bo Huang (Lost in Thailand, The Chef, The Actor, The Scoundrel) in the role of Wang Kaixuan, one of the three grave robbers. It is also his character who takes on a job by himself that eventually forces the other two grave robbers who make up their trio back into action. Ultimately Mojin – The Lost Legend is yet another Chinese melodrama that has an abundance of style and lacks substance.
Mojin – The Lost Legend comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. It should be noted that this is a film were a lot of its look has been created post production. With that being said, colors look accurate, black levels and image clarity remain strong throughout. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression and around the eighty-five-minute mark the film switched from a 2.35:1 aspect ratio to a 1.78:1 for the remainder of the film.
This release comes with two audio mixes, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Mandarin and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Mandarin. Both audio mixes sound clean clear, balanced and robust when they need too. And the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented throughout both audio mixes. Also included with this release are two subtitle options, English and Chinese.
Extras for this release include, a trailer for the film (1 minute 57 seconds) and three brief featurettes’ – “Making of” (4 minutes, in Chinese with English and Chinese subtitles), “Behind the Scenes” Chen Kun (2 minutes 32 seconds, in Chinese with English and Chinese subtitles) and “Behind the Scenes” Huang Bo (3 minutes 24 seconds, in Chinese with English and Chinese subtitles). Content wise, these three featurettes are your standard PR stuff.
Other extras include trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA.
Overall Mojin – The Lost Legend gets a solid audio / video presentation.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.