The Treasure Hunter

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This article is about the 2009 Taiwanese film. For someone who searches for treasure, see Treasure hunter.
The Treasure Hunter
The Treasure Hunter-poster.jpg
Official poster for The Treasure Hunter
Directed by Chu Yin-Ping
Produced by Han Sanping
Han Xiaoli
Jiang Tai
Raymond Lee
Pei Gin-yam
Du Yang
Ding Li
Dong Zhengrong
Han Xiao
Written by Charcoal Tan
Yip Wan-chiu
Lam Chiu-wing
Lam Ching-yan
Shao Huiting
Starring Jay Chou
Lin Chi-ling
Eric Tsang
Chen Daoming
Baron Chen
Will Liu
Miao Pu
Music by Ricky Ho
Cinematography Zhao Xiaoding
Edited by Chen Bowen
Chang Hong Channel Film & Video Co.
Distributed by Chang Hong Channel Film & Video Co.
Release date
  • 9 December 2009 (2009-12-09)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Taiwan
Language Mandarin
Budget NT$500 million[1]
Box office NT$363 million[1]

The Treasure Hunter (Chinese: 刺陵; pinyin: Cì líng) is a 2009 Taiwanese action film directed by Chu Yin-Ping and starring Jay Chou and Lin Chi-ling, with Ching Siu-tung served as action director.


In the northwest desert where countless prosperous dynasties have flourished and fallen, there is a rumor that buried amongst the sand exists a tomb containing countless riches. A group of mysterious guardians have been guarding the map to the location of the treasure until a fierce rivalry erupts. A notorious international crime group, The Company, manage to hunt down the map keeper but not before he manages to pass the map to a young chivalrous man, Qiao Fei (Jay Chou).

Qiao Fei is 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 (Chen Daoming), who is a famous archeologist, and Lan Ting they embark on a dangerous journey to recover the map and fight to protect the ancient treasure.[2]


Cast [3] Role
Jay Chou Qiao Fei 喬飛
Lin Chi-ling Lan Ting 藍婷 (Guan Xiaotong as young Lan Ting)
Eric Tsang Pork Rib 排骨
Chen Daoming Master Hua Ding-bang 華爺(華定邦)
Baron Chen Desert Eagle 大漠飛鷹
Will Liu Friday 星期五
Miao Pu Swords Thirteen 刀刀(刀十三郎)

Critical response[edit]

The film was generally panned by critics.

According to Perry Lam of Muse Magazine, 'Chou plays his role with a mix of nonchalance and self-righteousness which is simply irritating. He fits perfectly into a movie that, though trying hard to be escapist entertainment, often approaches its material with utmost solemnity; anything resembling a laugh, let alone fun, is taken out.'[4]


  1. ^ a b "電影刺陵慘賠1.36億 吳敦積欠土銀7千多萬". 
  2. ^ "Treasure Hunter Cast and Synopsis". 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  3. ^ Cast and Synopsis
  4. ^ Lam, Perry (January 2010). "'Bad monkeys'". Muse Magazine (36): 104. 

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