"Foul-Mouthed, Zombie-Fighting Treasure Hunters"
What You Need To Know:
Surprisingly, MOJIN – THE LOST LEGEND has excessive foul language. It also has a strong humanist, anti-capitalist worldview that’s pro-communist. The special effects are on a par with many Hollywood movies, but the acting is a bit more like Bollywood where they love to include buffoonish characters for comic relief. The violence is a bit stronger than most American action adventures, with more blood. The scary zombies and other creatures in MOJIN would be unhealthy for children.
(HHH, CoCoCo, AcapAcap, FRFR, PaPa, LLL, VVV, S, D, AA, MMM) Strong humanist worldview with strong communist, anti-capitalist sympathies where multinational capitalist miners are villains and young people happily sing praises to Chairman Mao, with a call out saying, “Buddha, god save me” and a cult religion seeks powers to raise the dead; 38 obscenities and three profanities, man pukes; strong, at times graphic, violence fighting zombies and other villains, stabbing, shooting, blood evident, frightening zombies and other creatures, explosions, fires, people burned alive; a mention of a couple engaging in fornication; no nudity; smoking; alcohol use and strong intoxication; and, some theft and dishonesty, plus references to good luck charms.
MOJIN – THE LOST LEGEND is a Chinese action adventure about tomb raiders who run into zombies and all sorts of bloody mayhem in their quest for a famous “equinox flower” artifact with the alleged power to raise the dead. MOJIN – THE LOST LEGEND is a big adventure movie with a strong humanist, communist, anti-capitalist worldview and lots of foul language.
The story opens in 1989 with three Chinese tomb raiders hawking Chinese artifacts on the run down streets of New York as good luck charms. U.S. Immigration agents chase them. The story then flashes back 20 years to a happy journey of young Communist revolutionaries singing the praises of Chairman Mao. They stumble upon a field of mysterious statues, which they decide to destroy for their representation of bourgeois Chinese history. In doing so, they unleash deadly mystical forces killing most of the troop. Only Hu and Wang escape as an army of Japanese soldier zombies came to life. The beautiful young girl Ding gives her life to help Hu and Wang escape.
Returning to New York, Wang is recruited by a multinational mining company to return to the place of the earlier mayhem in a quest for the life reviving equinox flower. The greedy capitalists prove to be a front for a cult seeking the flower. Hu and the third Mojin tomb raider, Shirley, show up and join in much more special effects laden mayhem.
MOJIN – THE LOST LEGEND has done spectacular business in China. The surprise is that it’s absolutely loaded with foul language. The special effects are on a par with many Hollywood movies, but the acting is a bit more like Bollywood where they love to include buffoonish characters for comic relief. The violence is a bit stronger that most American action adventures, with more blood evident. The images of zombies and other scary creatures would be unhealthy for children.
Rather than extolling “marriage,” this movie leads couples to the ultimate “comradeship.” The Chinese movie theater business has boomed under more capitalist policies, but MOJIN – THE LOST LEGEND seems to glorify the days when Chinese communism was in its heyday during the late 1960s.