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The Knight Of Shadows Blu-ray Review

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“The Knight Of Shadows” is a low point in Jackie Chan’s career.

“The Knight Of Shadows” (AKA “The Knight Of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang”) revolves around writer/demon hunter Pu Songling (played by Jackie Chan) who vanquishes evil demons with the help of good demon friends. When he learns that a demon named Xiaoqian is abducting young women to take their souls in order to survive, he sets out on a quest to hunt her down alongside a dopey lawman (Fei) and another demon hunter (Caichen) who has a mysterious past and a connection with Xiaoqian.

“Is this for real?” is all I could think as I watched “The Knight Of Shadows.” This Jackie Chan starring fantastical martial arts adventure feels like two different movies. The first half is a wacky cartoon than comes across as more of an anime series that panders to a younger audience than a live-action feature. This is especially evident when viewers are subjected to good demons such as a green farting one named Gassy and a hairy chested pig faced hobgoblin (I’m not making this up). The second half of the movie is a straight up tragic love story (I won’t say between who). Stranger still, Chan’s character also takes a backseat in the second half as the love story drags on and on. Suffice it to say, the Boham Liu script is all over the place both tonally and structurally.

“The Knight Of Shadows” isn’t a total disaster though. The costumes, sets, and CGI spectacles make the movie at least visually engaging (although some of the demons look ridiculous as can be). The creative mirror centric action sequence was also fun and was easily the highlight of the entire film.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9 1080p. How does it look? A dazzling bright and colorful transfer.

Audio Tracks: Mandarin and English 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Stereo. How do they sound? The Mandarin tracks are legit, but the English dub is mediocre at best.

The only extras are 6 trailers for “The Knight Of Shadows” and trailers for other Well Go USA titles

January 21, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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