Well Go USA has made quite the name for themselves when it comes to Asian film releases, and one of their latest, The Thousand Faces of Dunjia, is a fun Chinese fantasy piece that’s big on action and humor but at the cost of pacing issues and so-so special effects.
Two of my favorite people in Chinese cinema Yuen Woo-Ping and Tsui Hark combine their talents to bring us this film that has viewers entering the life of Dao, a young constable that comes across a group of individuals that have supernatural powers. These people have used their abilities to watch over and protect mankind for hundreds of years, but have now begun to turn against one another right when the world is under its biggest threat yet in the form of strange creatures that could be magical or possibly alien. Whatever the case may be, it’s up to Dao to help bring these heroes together and get them to overcome their differences and save the world.
While it does have some pacing issues and some okay CG effects that it relies on a bit too much, I still had a good time watching this one unfold. The action scenes were pretty good but could’ve been better had they not abused the CG special effects on them so much. Also the film tends to go all over the place with its pacing problems as it struggles with if it wants to be an action, comedy, drama, or sci-fi movie. Things look and sound good thankfully as this is a Blu-ray release, and the special features are a bit on the light side with a making of extra and some trailers.
It has its problems, but The Thousand Faces of Dunjia is still a pretty good action-fantasy film despite the few issues it has. Those who enjoy off-the-wall martial arts action and are fans of the works of Yuen Woo-Ping and Tsui Hark will want to make the effort to wade through the many faces this movie tries to put on.