The Treasure Hunter

This article is about the 2009 Taiwanese film. For someone who searches for treasure, see Treasure hunter.
The Treasure Hunter

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 dates
  • 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

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. 1 2 "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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